Chocolate Sun Butter Cup Brownies (2 Versions!)
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These treats are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free for all to enjoy. I've included a traditional chocolate cup version as well as an easier and faster sun butter-in-the-middle version that we think is equally delicious.
Serves: about 40 sun butter cup brownies
  • ½ cup salted sunflower seed butter
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1¼ cups dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, if making chocolate cups (I use Enjoy Life)
  • 1 teaspoon oil, if making chocolate cups
  • 1 box dairy-free brownie mix
  • Brownie mix prep ingredients
  • Mini dairy-free chocolate chips or coarse sea salt, for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the sunflower seed butter and powdered sugar, to taste. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. If making the chocolate cups, melt the chocolate with the oil. Fill candy cup silicone molds about ⅓ full with the melted chocolate. Brush the chocolate up the sides with a small pastry brush, a toothpick, or whatever works for you.
  3. Remove the seed butter from the refrigerator. Pinch off small amounts and roughly shape into pieces that are about ½-inch in diameter. Drop one into each chocolate cup.
  4. Top the chocolate cups with more chocolate to cover and surround the seed butter. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to quickly set up.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease or line mini muffin tins. You can make in batches, if needed.
  6. Prepare the brownie mix as directed to make the batter.
  7. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about ⅓ to ½ full with the brownie batter.
  8. If making the chocolate cup brownie version, press a chilled chocolate cup into the middle of each brownie batter cup. It should be mostly surrounded by the batter. Garnish with coarse sea salt.
  9. If making the sun butter-in-the-middle brownie version, simply pinch off pieces of the chilled sun butter mixture and roll into balls about ½-inch or slightly larger in diameter. Press a ball into the middle of each brownie cup. It should be mostly surrounded by the batter, but I like it peaking out. Garnish with mini chocolate chips.
  10. Bake for about 13 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pans before removing to a plate to cool completely. If you want the middles to be firm, you can chill the brownies in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at