These Dark Chocolate Cups with Pistachios and Goji Berries are made with only 3 clean ingredients, then topped with ground goji berries and pistachio nuts. It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare them and another 30 minutes or so for them to harden in your freezer. Goji berries and pistachios are my go-to toppings during the Christmas season because of their bright, colorful reddish and green colors. I also used them in my Goji Berry and Hazelnut Cacao Truffles and my Cacao and Walnut Holiday Truffles last year. It adds a festive and fun topping without having to use artificially colored food sprinkles.

Here’s an ingredient list for store-bought processed food sprinkles and chocolate bars: 

Dove Dark Chocolate Bar Ingredients: Chocolate Semisweet (sugar, chocolate processed with Alkali, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin, flavors natural and artificial) (source) Rating:  “D+”

Wilton Red and White Sparkling Sprinkles Ingredients: Sugar, Confectioner’s Glaze, Red 40 Lake, Carnauba Wax, Red 40 (source) Rating:  “D+”

Wilton Dark Green Sugar Sprinkles Ingredients: Sugar, Confectioner’s Glaze, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Carnauba Wax (source) Rating:  “D”

Traditional store-bought chocolates and sprinkles are highly processed and contain refined GMO sugar, GMO soy, GMO dairy, artificial flavors and food colorings.

These healthy little treats are raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contain no refined sugars.

5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*

  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • promotes cardiovascular health
  • contains essential fats
  • can help to decrease blood pressure
  • contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron

5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup*

  • contains manganese and zinc
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • helps with inflammation
  • 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
  • 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana 

5 Fast Facts About Goji Berries*

  • high concentration of anti-oxidants
  • contains 21 trace minerals
  • contains 18 amino acids
  • high in essential fatty acids
  • contains 13% more protein than whole wheat

5 Fast Facts About Pistachios:*

  • contains 90% healthy unsaturated fat
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • supports cardiovascular health
  • excellent source of fiber, protein, manganese and copper
  • high in thiamine, vitamin B-6 and potassium


*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Dark Chocolate Cups with Pistachios and Goji Berries
Serves 6
Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugars
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
79 calories
3 g
20 g
8 g
0 g
5 g
13 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrates 3g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the chocolate
  1. 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
  2. 1/4 cup organic raw cacao butter (melted/liquid)
  3. 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
For the topping
  1. 1 handful organic goji berries
  2. 1 handful organic pistachios
Prepare the goji berries and pistachio
  1. Using a coffee grinder, add in the goji berries and pistachios (separately) and grind until they become a crumbly texture, being careful not to over process. Set aside.
Prepare the cacao butter
  1. Melt the cacao butter.
  2. “Raw” option 1: put the cacao butter in a small bowl and add to a dehydrator at 115 degrees until it melts.
  3. “Raw” option 2: put it in a bowl over a pot of water on the lowest heat on the stove until it melts
  4. Non “raw” option 3: put it in an oven-safe bowl in the oven for a few minutes at the lowest setting until it melts, keeping a close eye on it.
  5. Add the melted cacao butter, cacao powder and maple syrup to a medium sized bowl and stir together until it is creamy and smooth.Pour the chocolate mixture into your baking/muffin cups (I used 6 mini baking/muffin cups).Sprinkle the goji berries and/or pistachios over the top of the chocolate cups.
  6. Put them in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until they become hard.
  7. Enjoy!
  1. This recipe will make approximately (6) mini chocolate cups.
  2. Tip #1: I used the paper mini-muffin cups to make these and it made 6 mini-cups. If you need more or want to use the standard sized muffin cups, just double or triple the recipe.
  3. Tip #2: I used just a handful of both goji berries and pistachios for the topping and had a little leftover of both. Just use the extra need as a topping or add-in the next time you make a smoothie!
  4. Tip #3: I used a coffee grinder to grind up both the goji berries and pistachios. Just take care to not over process them. Tip #4: The cacao butter I used was "raw", meaning it has never been heated over 118 degrees. If you want to make sure the recipe is 100% raw and all the nutrients from the cacao butter stay in tact, use one of the "raw" options listed above to safely melt the cacao butter.
Adapted from The Healthy Family and Home

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