Almond Joys

As a kid, I was always outraged when I drew Almond Joys out of trick or treat baskets on Halloween. I thought they were the worst. That was before I realized that coconut is in fact a magical fruit. Ironically, coconut has become a routine staple in my diet. I absolutely love it. It probably makes its way into at least two meals per day.

In honor of my Halloween discrimination days, I decided to try my hand at some paleo Almond Joys. Though I hated them as a Reese's-hoarding, Twix-swindling, Oreo-crumbs-on-my-face cookie monster, I figure I would likely enjoy them amidst my newly found coconut infatuation. Man, I hate it when I'm right. Yup, these rocked. I made a big batch and stored them in my freezer for whenever I have a hankering for a small, sensible treat.

These, using Enjoy Life chocolate chips, are dairy-free, soy-free, processed sugar-free, gluten-free and junk-free. There are only two tablespoons of maple syrup throughout the whole batch, so there really isn't that much sugar either. Just a really delicious, clean treat loaded with healthy coconut fat. YUM!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds

Method

  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, blend shredded coconut, coconut oil and maple syrup. Form the mixture into oval or square shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for about 15 minutes or until totally hard.
  2. While the base of the Almond Joys are freezing, melt the chocolate chips using the double broiler method.
  3. Remove coconut candies from the freezer. Dip the bottoms of each candy in the melted chocolate and place on a wire rack.
  4. Place one almond on top of each coconut candy. Use the melted chocolate as glue, slightly dipping one side of the almond in the chocolate before placing on top of the candy.
  5. Using a spoon, pour the remaining chocolate over the candies, coating evenly. Place wired racks in the freezer or fridge until the chocolate has set.

Optional: wrap your hardened candies in wax paper (as pictured)!

Servings: 12-14 candies