Something really exciting is happening on the Bare Blog today: we are featuring our first guest blogger, Jennifer, aka Predominately Paleo, who just so happens to have created a recipe that trumps any of the chocolate coconutty confections you will find on the shelves of a candy store or convenience mart.
Using just a few simple ingredients, she has hit the nail on the head with this treat, which is sure to impress both paleo and non paleo sweet teeth alike.
“Paleo Almond “Delights” –“Almond Joys” Made Better
By: Predominantly Paleo
“Sometimes you feel like a nut”…yep that sounds about right. In fact I’d say most of the time I feel like one, with all interpretations taken into account. Remember that catch phrase? Well whether you recall or not, Almond Joys have been a favorite sinful pastime for many years. They are coconutty and chewy and chocolatey and well, all the stuff that dreams are made of.
After going primal or paleo, candy like this is a thing of the past, right? Well, not entirely! In fact, there are lots of ways to adapt some of your former, over-processed, junk food favorites into whole food goodness. And this is another fine example, lucky for us!
Did you know that the traditional Hershey brand version of this tasty treat has over 25 ingredients? Say what?! TWENTY-FIVE! Alternatively, this beauty has only 8, that’s EIGHT! And eight is great if you ask me.
So without further ado, Paleo Almond Delights, a treat that will make even junky foodies happy!
- 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons local raw honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- Whole almonds (approximately 12)
- ¾ cup melted dark /semi sweet chocolate (how to melt here)
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl making sure to incorporate thoroughly
- Using slightly greased hands (this mixture is sticky), make small rectangular shapes, or round balls if that’s easier
- Place formed coconut shapes onto foil or parchment paper
- Press one almond into the top of each
- Now take your melted dark chocolate and spoon over the tops, making sure to saturate all sides
- Gently move wet candies (I use a spatula) onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place into freezer for 10-15 minutes or until chocolate hardens again
Enjoy! And try not to eat them all in one sitting. It’s a challenge!”
We are so happy that Jennifer has such a passion for tasty, healthy foods like we do. These candies can be whipped up in no time using just a few paleo ingredients. If you need to stock up we have everything (and anything) you need in the Barefoot Store: Nutiva’s coconut flour and oil, Let’s Do Organic shredded coconut, PROBIOTIC almonds (!!!) by Sunbiotics, bee-friendly and sustainable Heavenly Organics raw honey, and of course a GOOD chocolate to cover it all in, 75% Dark as Midnight cacao by Fearless, pictured below!
Thanks Jennifer- keep up the good work!
About Jennifer from Predominantly Paleo:
Jennifer is a mother of 3 and wife in pursuit of better health for her family.
After being gluten free for about 4 years, and having a multitude of chronic health issues, she realized there was still a lot of junk in her pantry and change was needed. Jennifer began feeding her family more meals from WHOLE foods and less from boxes. Her recipes are predominantly paleo, meaning they are free of grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, but make allowances for a few treats and sweets. She believes food can be medicine when used appropriately and that a few changes now can equate to huge benefits later. Healthy food does not need to be flavorless and void of personality, proven by all of her amazing dishes.
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