Call us boring, but no one in our family is a huge fan of the “traditional” Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin or pecan pie. The way to our hearts is simple: chocolate.

After a big Thanksgiving meal, just a small dessert seems to suffice – and these simple Pumpkin Butter Cups are often what we make.

With only a few simple, clean ingredients – and no baking required – this is a dessert that almost anyone in the family can make.

I have a particular fondness for Thanksgiving gatherings where everyone collaborates in the kitchen, working together to create a meal that we all savor and appreciate.

Pumpkin Butter Cups
by Debbie Steinbock

2 cups dark chocolate
1½ Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1½ Tbsp. almond or peanut butter
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
pinch of fine sea salt
½-1 tsp. raw honey
coarse sea salt, to sprinkle on top


  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop in a double boiler. 
  2. Place mini muffin cups (we like to use mini silicone muffin molds ) on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, almond or peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice, fine sea salt, and honey. 
  4. Place approximately ½ Tbsp. melted chocolate in to the bottom of each baking mold. 
  5. Add approximately 1 tsp. of the pumpkin almond mixture and then add enough additional melted chocolate to cover.
  6. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt and then place in the refrigerator to harden. 
  7. Remove from the fridge 30-60 minutes before serving (although some people prefer them cold!).

About Debbie Steinbock, HHC

After years of being told that she had an "incurable" chronic health condition, Debbie turned to her diet to help her understand her disease, restore her body, and regain control of her health. Her personal journey has given her the knowledge and compassion necessary to help her clients take an active role in their own healing. Since starting her practice in 2000, Debbie has successfully helped hundreds of people across the country to improve their diet, enhance their current state of health, and eliminate a variety of health conditions.

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