Conner’s Coconut Chomps (AKA Paleo Almond Joys)

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These things are probably the best things I’ve made thus far.  (Do I always say that!?)  I can’t take credit for them by any means – I found these on Fed and Fit.  They will change your life…  These are actually BETTER than an Almond Joy – not kidding.  Let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 3 Tbl maple syrup
  • 6 Tbl extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • ½ cup natural almonds

Directions:

  1. Combine the coconut, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a food processor or blender. Blend for 2 minutes, pausing halfway to scrape down the sides.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a 16-slotted plastic ice tray and press down. Place in the freezer while you prepare the melted chocolate.
  3. To temper the chocolate ***  – now all I did was throw the chocolate chips in a pan over medium heat and stir, stir, stir, but if you want to get technical then follow this step and the next… place 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula until melted or between 110 F and 115 F.
  4. Remove from heat and place on a towel, let the chocolate cool to 95 F and add the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips. Stir until smooth with the rubber spatula.
  5. Break the coconut candy from the ice trays then dip the bottom of each one in the melted chocolate and place on a wire cooling wrack. Place a dot of the melted chocolate on top of each candy to serve as glue, then place an almond on the dot.
  6. Grab a spoonful of the chocolate and pour it over each candy, smoothing it over each side until totally covered.
  7. Transfer the candies from the wire rack to parchment paper then place in the refrigerator for one hour or until set.
  8. Wrap in squares of wax paper, if you want, and twist the ends shut for giving away at parties or on Halloween.
  9. Enjoy!

 

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