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Homemade Almond Butter Cups

Homemade Almond Butter Cups

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you will love this recipe. Made with homemade almond butter and dairy-free chocolate chips, healthier alternative to an all-time favorite treat!

Homemade Almond Butter

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you’re going to love this recipe for Almond Butter Cups! It’s easy to make and better for you b/c it’s made with quality ingredients and none of the processed junk plus it’s delicious on its own or chopped and tossed into your favorite dairy-free ice cream. (see below for some of my favorite brands of dairy-free ice cream!) Carolina and I make Almond Butter Cups together all the time. You can use peanut butter but I prefer almonds over peanuts and you can read why that is here. It’s a fun activity to do with the kiddos and an opportunity to teach them the importance of clean, healthy eating. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do! Happy Holidays!!

My Top 3 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brands

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

BTW – if you’re looking to make better-for-you cookies for Santa this year I highly recommend this 5-ingredient Almond Butter Cookies.

Almond Butter Cups


10 oz. (1 bag) Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips 5 tbsp. coconut oil (divided) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Almond Butter Layer 3 1/2 tbsp. homemade almond butter (store bought works too) 2 tsp Coconut oil 2 tsp coconut flour 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt

Almond Butter Cups


  1. Line a muffin pan with parchment paper liners.
  2. For the bottom chocolate layer, heat 5oz (or ½ the bag) and half of the coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler on the stove, stirring until melted. Stir in half of the vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  3. Fill the bottom of the parchment cups evenly with chocolate (about 1/8 cup in each). Freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for the almond butter layer, heat the almond butter and coconut oil in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the coconut flour, vanilla, and salt, until smooth.
  5. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the almond butter mixture onto the center of each cup over the chocolate layer. Freeze for another 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the top chocolate layer. Heat the remaining chocolate (5 oz.) and remaining coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the remaining vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  7. Pour the chocolate into the cups, over the almond butter layer (about 1/8 cup) in each and place back in the freezer, 20-30 minutes, until completely firm.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Related links: Black Bean Brownies , Tahini Cookies  


Before I take off I wanted to share a short clip from the TV show, Aqui Estamos, I did while in Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving. Not only did I share 2 simple recipes everyone on set loved, but I also explained the term holistic nutrition and what it means to eat “holistically”. Grateful for the opportunity to come on the show again and do what I love most, spread the word on health and wellness!  

Version En Español

¡Si te encantan los Reese Peanut Butter Cups, te encantará esta receta de Almond Butter Cups! Son fácil de hacer, y mas saludables porque están hechos con ingredientes de calidad y sin ingredientes procesados además son deliciosos asi solitos o en tu helado favorito. (¡vea a continuación algunas de mis marcas favoritas de helado sin lácteos!) Carolina y yo hacemos este postre juntas todo el tiempo. Puedes usar mantequilla de maní, pero prefiero las almendras a el maní y puedes leer por qué aquí. Es una actividad divertida para hacer con los niños y una oportunidad para enseñarles la importancia de una alimentación limpia y saludable. ¡Espero que disfrutes la receta tanto como nosotros! ¡¡Felices Fiestas!!

Lista de los mejores helados sin lácteos!

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

Por cierto, si está buscando hacer galletas para Santa este año, le recomiendo estas galletas de mantequilla de almendras hechas con solo 5 ingredientes. Puedes enconrar la receta en mi pagina de Instagram.

Almond Butter Cups


10 onzas. (1 bolsa) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips sin lácteos Life 5 cucharadas aceite de coco (dividido) 1/2 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla Capa de mantequilla de almendras 3 1/2 cucharadas mantequilla de almendras casera (o compradas en la tienda esta bien) 2 cucharaditas de aceite de coco 2 cucharaditas de harina de coco 1/8 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla 1 pizca de sal

Homemade Almond Butter Cups


  1. Forre un molde para muffins con bolsas de papel pergamino (parchment paper).
  2. Para la capa de chocolate de abajo, caliente 5 onzas (o ½ la bolsa) y la mitad del aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble en la estufa (o baño de maria), revolviendo hasta que se derrita. Agregue la mitad de la vainilla (1/4 cucharadita).
  3. Llene el fondo de las tazas de pergamino de manera uniforme con chocolate (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza en cada una). Congelar por 10 minutos.
  4. Mientras tanto, para la capa de mantequilla de almendras, caliente la mantequilla de almendras y el aceite de coco en un caldero doble (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la harina de coco, la vainilla y la sal, hasta que quede suave.
  5. Coloque 2 cucharaditas de la mezcla de mantequilla de almendras en el centro de cada taza sobre la capa de chocolate. Congelar por otros 10 minutos.
  6. Mientras tanto, prepara la capa superior de chocolate. Calienta lo que queda del chocolate (5 oz.) y el aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble o baño de maria (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la vainilla que quede (1/4 cucharadita).
  7. Heche el chocolate en las tazas, sobre la capa de mantequilla de almendras (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza) en cada una y vuelva a colocar en el congelador, 20-30 minutos, hasta que esté completamente firme.
  8. ¡Sirve y disfruta!


Antes de despedirme, quería compartir un clip del programa de televisión, Aqui Estamos, que grabe mientras estaba en Puerto Rico para Thanksgiving. No solo compartí 2 recetas simples que les encantaron, sino que también expliqué el término nutrición holística y lo que significa comer “holísticamente”. ¡Agradecida por la oportunidad de venir al programa y compartir consejos saludables con la gente de mi hermoso Puerto Rico! Vean el video clip arriba!

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife and FlipBox

Side Dish Wellness Tip

5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips for eating smart and staying on track this season. Plus a new recipe that will impress even the pickiest eater!

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Last week on Instagram I shared 5 Healthy Holiday Tips that will help you stay on track during the holidays. The time of year when food is in abundance and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves overindulging and sabotaging all the hard work you’ve put into improving your health. 

Here is a recap of my tips for staying healthy this holiday season plus a delicious veggie recipe that will impress even the pickiest eaters! ⠀


5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 1 – Eat mindfully. Have one plate of your favorite holiday foods and stop when you’re satisfied. Holiday meals aren’t a free pass to overeat and drag it out with unhealthy leftovers. Instead, enjoy the foods you love during one meal and move on.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Tip# 2 – Share your favorite veggie dishes and keep it simple. Don’t risk complicated recipes that might not turn out as you expected. Try roasting or sautéing your favorite fall veggies or try making my Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder or  Purple Potato Salad 

Bonus tip: Share your recipes with friends/family and get a conversation going on ways you plan to stay healthy this holiday season. You never know who will leave inspired! 

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 3 – Beware of the Food Police! Friends and family that overstep boundaries and try imposing their dietary rules on you and your family. As I tell the clients that I coach, our food choices are unique to our individual needs – what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. This is why one-size-fits-all diets don’t work. Stay on your path and choose foods that work best for you and your family. 

Tip# 4 – Stay hydrated! Water accounts for 60% of your body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. Also, if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. This will help with unwanted weight gain and hangovers. 

Tip# 5 – Carve out 20-30 minutes a day for yourself. This might sound challenging at first but making time for yourself can be a total game-changer during the holidays. Take some time off to unwind. Try going for a walk, meditate, listen to a podcast or read a book. Whatever it is make sure it’s something for you – something that brings you joy. 

Click here for other healthy holiday tips! 

Joe and I are spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico this year. Carolina is very excited to spend time at the beach and pool! 

I also have a very exciting announcement to make! I’ll be sharing these healthy holiday tips with my friends on Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR in Puerto Rico this Friday, November 29th at 1.30 pm local time. I’m so excited for the opportunity! If you’re in Puerto Rico I hope you can tune in. 

And Before I take off, I’m leaving you with a new recipe for Cauliflower Mash that is a hit in our home and so simple to make! Try making it this Thanksgiving as your veggie dish! I hope you enjoy it. 


Cauliflower Mash


1 head cauliflower (florets only)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted

1 tbsp dairy-free milk (almond or oat)

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped chives



  1. Place a pot with water over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, and simmer until the cauliflower is soft, 6-7min. Drain well and set aside*.
  2. In a blender add the garlic, melted butter, dairy-free milk and blend until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the cauliflower into the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, and puree again. If it’s thicker than you like, add dairy-free milk until you reach the consistency you like.
  4. Serve and top with chopped chives.

*Drain the cauliflower well by squeezing out as much extra water as possible. You can do this by wrapping the cauliflower florets in a towel and twisting.

Version En Español

La semana pasada en Instagram compartí 5 consejos saludables que lo ayudarán a mantenerse saludable durante las festividades navideñas. La época del año en que los alimentos abundan y, si no tenemos cuidado, podemos darnos el gusto y sabotear todo el trabajo duro que ha realizado para mejorar su salud.

Aquí hay un resumen de mis consejos para mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas, ¡además de una deliciosa receta vegetariana que impresionará incluso a los más exigentes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

5 consejos simples para mantenernos saludables durante las festividades navideñas.

Consejo # 1 – Las comidas navideñas no son excusas para comer en exceso ni un paso libre para continuar con las sobras poco saludables. En cambio, disfruta de los alimentos que te gustan durante una comida solamente y ya!⠀⠀⠀⠀

Consejo # 2: Lleve verduras a la mesa. Hágalo simple y no se arriesgue con platos complicados que podrían no resultar como esperaba. Intente asar o saltear sus verduras de otoño favoritas o intente hacer esta sopa de coliflor sin lácteos o ensalada de papa morada

Consejo adicional: comparta sus recetas con amigos / familiares y entable una conversación sobre maneras de mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas. ¡Nunca se sabe quién se irá inspirado!

    5 Healthy Holiday Tips

    Version En Español

    Consejo # 3 – ¡Cuidado con amigos y familiares que sobrepasan los límites e intentan imponer sus reglas dietéticas a usted y su familia! Cuando les digo a los clientes que entreno, nuestras opciones de alimentos son únicas para nuestras necesidades individuales: lo que funciona para usted no necesariamente funciona para otra persona. Es por eso que las dietas de talla única no funcionan. Manténgase en su camino y elija alimentos que funcionen mejor para usted y su familia.

    Consejo # 4 – Manténgase hidratado: el agua representa el 60% del peso total de su cuerpo y necesitamos mantenernos hidratados para mantener esta proporción. Además, si consume bebidas alcohólicas durante las vacaciones, intente alternar con vasos de agua entre sus cócteles. Esto ayudará con el aumento de peso no deseado y las resacas.

    Consejo # 5 – Reserve 20-30 minutos al día por ti mismo. Esto puede sonar desafiante al principio, pero tomarse un tiempo para usted mismo puede ayudar muchisimo. Tómese un tiempo libre para relajarse. Intente salir a caminar, meditar, escuchar un podcast o leer un libro. Sea lo que sea, asegúrese de que sea algo para usted, algo que le brinde alegría.

    Joe y yo vamos a pasar el Día de Acción de Gracias en Puerto Rico este año. ¡Carolina está muy emocionada de pasar tiempo en la playa, piscina y con la familia!

    ¡También tengo un anuncio muy emocionante que hacer! Compartiré estos consejos con mis amigos en Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR en Puerto Rico este viernes 29 de noviembre a la 1.30 pm hora local. Estoy muy emocionada por la oportunidad! Si estás en Puerto Rico, espero que puedas sintonizar.

    Y antes de partir, te dejo con una nueva receta de Puré de Coliflor que es un éxito en nuestro hogar y ¡muy fácil de hacer! ¡Intenta preparar este Día de Acción de Gracias como tu plato vegetariano! Espero que lo disfruten.


    Puré de coliflor


    1 cabeza de coliflor (solo floretes)

    3 dientes de ajo (picados)

    3 cucharadas de mantequilla o ghee, derretida

    1 cucharada de leche sin lácteos (almendras o avena)

    sal y pimienta  a gusto

    1 cucharada de cebollin picada



    1. Coloque una olla con agua a fuego medio. Agregue el coliflor y cocine a fuego lento hasta que el coliflor esté suave, 6-7min. Escurrir bien y dejar reposar*.
    2. En una licuadora agregue el ajo, la mantequilla derretida, la leche sin lácteos y mezcle hasta que se combinen los ingredientes.
    3. Agregue el coliflor a la licuadora y mezcle hasta que quede suave, raspando los lados con una espátula de vez en cuando. Agregue sal y pimienta a gusto y vuelva a hacer puré. Si es más espesa de lo que desea, agregue leche sin lácteos hasta que alcance la consistencia que desea.
    4. Sirva y cubra con cebollin picada.

    * Drene bien el coliflor exprimiendo la mayor cantidad de agua posible. Puedes hacerlo envolviendo las flores de coliflor en una toalla y girándolas.

      Karla A Salinari

      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

      Dessert Favorites Kid-Friendly Recipe Snacks

      Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

      Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

      By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

      Avoiding Refined Sugar

      One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

      If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

      Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

      Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

      Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

      These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

      Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

      BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

      Click here to get a free copy.

      And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

      Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

      Easy To Make Fudgesicles


      4 bananas

      ¾ nut butter

      ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

      2 tbs cocoa powder

      ½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)


      Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

      Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

      Dessert Kid-Friendly Recipe Snacks

      Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

      Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce, a simple and delicious dessert recipe made with gluten-free brown rice flour, organic cocoa powder, and other clean, healthy ingredients. A must-try recipe! 😉  

      The holidays are finally here and they’re filled with lots of fun activities, family get-together and, of course, food. I love sharing healthy dessert options like these muffins with dairy-free caramel sauce. They’re a delicious alternative to unhealthy holiday treats that help keep up with your healthy eating habits. Plus they’re:
      Tender On The Inside
      Perfectly Chocolaty
      Not Too Sweet
      I promise you everyone will love them! 
      Are you guys baking for the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday desserts? 


      Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins


      1/3 cup warm water

      ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

      1/3 cup ghee, melted

      1 egg

      1 teaspoons vanilla extract

      1 cups coconut palm sugar

      ½ cup brown rice flour

      ½ cup tapioca flour

      ½  teaspoon xanthan gum

      1 teaspoons baking powder

      ¼  teaspoon ground coffee

      Pinch of sea salt


      Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Sauce


      1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk

      ½ cup coconut palm sugar

      ½ teaspoon tapioca starch

      ½ teaspoon sea salt

      1 teaspoon coconut oil

      1 teaspoon vanilla extract


      Muffin Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 mini paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
      2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
      3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
      4. Add the melted ghee, egg and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
      5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
      6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
      7. Allow cooling completely then coat with a generous amount of caramel sauce.
      8. Serve and enjoy!

      Caramel Sauce Instructions:

      1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
      2. Combine the coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, tapioca flour, and salt and bring to a boil.
      3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns a dark amber color, 30-40min.
      4. Remove from heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine.
      5. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.
      6. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

      The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

      We can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with the #OurFlipSideLife

      Also, our FlipBox Holiday Sale is live through Dec 25th! Make sure to get your orders in! You can order directly through the SHOP NOW link below! 🙂 

      Entrees Favorites Kid-Friendly Recipe Snacks

      White Bean Mac and Cheese! Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

      Like most of us, I find it hard to believe that dairy-free Mac and cheese can taste good. For me, if it’s not the real thing why even bother, right? All that changed when I saw a recipe for Mac and Cheese made with sweet potatoes. Mac and Cheese has to be creamy and it makes total sense that sweet potatoes would give it that creamy consistency – but I wasn’t sold on “sweet” Mac and Cheese. Well, here’s a recipe for dairy-free Mac and Cheese made with WHITE BEANS that taste so delicious you won’t miss the real thing. In fact, my Mom, who was just in NYC to watch me run the Brooklyn Half Marathon (more on that in a sec) was pleasantly surprised when she tried our healthy Mac and Cheese. The consistency is perfect, and the taste is spot on! You’ll have to trust me on this one. Best part, I separated the mix into small ramekins, perfect for meal-prep. Simply re-heat a few ramekins at a time and pair with a side salad or sauteed veggies. Dinner is served!
      Ok, so the Brooklyn Half Marathon was my first official run. 13.1 miles through Brooklyn and the weather did not cooperate. I ran a slow and steady race (12min miles) that felt good from start to finish. Completing a Half Marathon has been my goal for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to do it – and I IT FELT SO GOOD! I shared a picture of me at the finish line.
      Anyway, hope you guys like this healthy Mac and Cheese recipe and if you do please don’t forget to share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram by tagging us @ourflipsidelife


      10oz gluten-free pasta



      ½ white onion, chopped

      2 garlic cloves, minced

      1 tbsp olive oil

      1 can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

      1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

      1 tsp fresh lemon juice

      ½ cup Daiya dairy-free mozzarella cheese (find it here)

      Salt and pepper to taste


      Toppings (optional)

      Gluten-free Breadcrumbs


      1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside
      2. In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil
      3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until onions become translucent and garlic is fragrant
      4. Transfer the onions and garlic into a high-speed blender. Add the white beans, milk, and lemon juice and blend on high until creamy and smooth
      5. Carefully transfer the sauce back to the skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add the vegan cheese stirring frequently until cheese is completely melted, 2-3min
      6. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese mixture, toss to combine and season with salt and pepper
      7. Pour the pasta mixture into small ramekins, top with breadcrumbs and broil on medium, 1-3min watching carefully until golden
      8. Enjoy hot. Cool leftovers and store in the fridge up to 2-3 days.