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Thursday, December 15, 2011

fun eats & sweet treats; homemade almond coconut candy bars

Welcome to fun eats & sweet treats; my mini series offering unique ideas for your Christmas menu!

This delicious candy, an organic take on the well-known Almond Joy, is extremely simple to make with minimal ingredients. The recipe calls for no sugar, as the coconut is held together with maple syrup. It is also a very kid friendly recipe. As in, they can help each step of the way, and feel a sense of accomplishment when they make these sweet treats all by themselves. Whip up a batch of these for your neighbor's goodie tray or the office Christmas party, and you will be the star of the show. Guaranteed.

Recipe by Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic

Homemade Almond Coconut Candy Bars

What you need:
2 cups unsweetend coconut
1/3 cup maple syrup
*12 whole almonds 
6 oz. dark chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon coconut oil

*Next time I will chop the almonds so as to get little pieces in each bite, instead of one big nut in the midst of enjoying your sweet treat. Also, don't be afraid to roast the almonds for 7 min. at 325 degrees to add more flavor to your sweet treat. Pecans would be a killer substition.

What you do: (this is my personal preference, for Carrie's specific directions, click the link above)
Blend or process the coconut flakes into finely ground coconut. Add maple syrup and pulse until it turns into a moist mixture. Using your hands, form the mixture into minature sized candy bars, and place on a Silpat mat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Set one almond atop each candy bar. Gently melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. To ensure that you don't burn the chocolate, use a double boiler method. Spoon the choclate over the coconut candy. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes to allow chocolate to set. 

My little chef, licking the chocolate stirring spatula. 

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