Almond Joy Awesomeness

Okay, so maybe I’m a little biased calling this beauty “almond joy awesomeness”, but it truly is just that. Unless you don’t like coconut and chocolate, in which case you might think I’m crazy. Either way, Bounty, which is the European version of the American Almond Joy, is one of my favorite chocolate bars. But it’s full of artificial and other ingredients I really don’t want to put in my body. So after some experimenting, I came up with this yumminess.

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Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp coconut butter
4 tbsp full fat canned coconut milk (more/less for desired consistency)

4 tbsp cacao butter
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup raw cacao
3 tbsp full fat canned coconut milk

1. Mix first 5 ingredients in a food processor/personal blender (single serve part of the food processor works best)

2. Make 12 balls from the mixture

3. Place in freezer for 15 minutes

4. Mix the remaining for ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan, melting them all together (no need to boil) *mixture will be thick, that’s okay

5. Take the balls out the freezer, flatten them, and cover each with the chocolate mixture using a plastic spatula

6. Return to fridge for an hour (or freezer for 15 minutes if you’re like me and cannot wait to try them)

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Obviously, just like with any sweet treat/candy bar, please enjoy these one at a time and not as a meal replacement. I know it’s hard, but keep in mind this quote:

Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.

Ingredient Highlight: Coconut

First things first: good dietary fat is not the enemy. Fat makes food taste good, it’s essential for our organs (to insulate and protect them), it assists in transporting fat soluble vitamins and provides essential fatty acids, without which the human body is unable to exist. One reason coconut and coconut oil have picked up in popularity in recent years is that coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides which are said to aim in weight loss as they are faster absorbed and metabolized than long-chain fatty acids (such as olive and vegetable oils), making them a more readily available source of energy.

Nutrition Info
Cal: 210 | Fat: 16g| Carb: 15g| Protein: 2g

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