Almond Joy and Mounds used to be one of my candy favorites. Okay… they technically still are. But it is on VERY rare occasion that I will indulge (or if I’m pregnant, apparently… I had quite a few when I was waiting on the arrival of our little guy last year… of which I am now paying dearly – oh well!).
So why not try them a little bit healthier? I still doubt I will make these often, because it’s difficult to keep them around for very long. And even though it’s healthier, it’s still an indulgence. And one that is hard to resist!
Obviously the texture isn’t like a typical Almond Joy, but the flavor is spot on in my opinion! And I like the extra crunch to the texture, actually. So I may have even shocked myself by liking this more than the real thing! Win win :)
Almond Joy Bites (GF, DF, & SF)
1/4 cup baking chocolate squares (I used Bakers brand)
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbs honey (I buy raw local honey)
1/4 tsp NuNaturals liquid stevia
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup dessicated coconut (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Or in my case, a glass bowl that [sort of] fits over a saucepan. The main goal here is to melt the chocolate but not burn it – so if you have a favorite method of doing that, go with it! Add the coconut oil, honey, and stevia and continually mix until all the cocoa bars are melted. Bring the mixture to a boil (it will be subtle, the bubbles were not big at all!). Remove the bowl from heat and mix in the almonds and coconut. To chop up the almonds, I use my Pampered Chef onion chopper (that I use solely for nuts & chocolate). The pieces ranged from pinky nail sized to as fine as almond flour. I think the variety in size was a nice addition.
Cover (fill) a 12″ round glass pie pan (or a 9×13″ if you want it somewhat thinner) with parchment paper. It won’t be perfect on the edges of course, but it doesn’t really matter. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan and press down, especially around the sides, to fully spread it out. Put the whole pan in the freezer for 20 minutes.
When time is up, flip the pan over a cutting board and chop into bite sized bits! And try not to eat them all in one day… ;)
This recipe is linked to Real Food Recipe Roundup, Inspire Me Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, Gluten Free Friday, Fight Back Friday, Friday Favorites.