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When it comes to grocery shopping, I’m definitely an impulsive buyer. I walk through every aisle, even though I know exactly what I need going in, and always leave with a bag full of ingredients for which I have no true purpose; this purchase was no exception.
With my box of Cacao Butter in tow, I began “hitting the books” and trying to find a recipe.
When I stumbled upon these raw, vegan almond joy bars, I couldn’t help but squeal with delight — they were exactly the sweet treat that I needed.
These are definitely healthier than the variety you would find at the drugstore, but they are so satisfying — I’m totally converted.
RAW NO BAKE ALMOND JOY CANDY — Courtesy of A Simply Raw Life (With one modification)
Makes about 12 pieces
For the filling:
1 1/2 cups dried unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 pitted dates
3 tbsp maple syrup (*I used 2 tablespoons, and combined with the sweetness of the dates, it was definitely sweet enough)
1 tsp vanilla
For the coating:
1/3 cup cacao butter, warmed until melted
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch sea salt
In a food processor, process all filling ingredients till well combined. It will be a little wet, but they will stick together well once you chill it.. Shape the filling into twelve mini bit size rectangles. Place them on a parchment lined baking pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Set up a double boiler, using a medium sized mixing bowl. Melt the cacao butter, then whisk in the cacao powder, syrup, and sea salt.
Take each mini coconut bar and dip it into the chocolate coating, quickly placing it back on the parchment. Return them to the fridge for 10-15 minutes, or until one coating has set. Repeat the process again, so that each has a double coat.
Return them to the fridge for another 15 minutes, or more to let them set. When ready to serve, let them sit outside the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.
This past week has been filled with celebrations for my family. My younger sister went to Prom and graduated from high school, and my older sister celebrated her birthday. With these celebrations came lots of fun, family time, and most importantly… food. To get “back on track” after everyone’s diets were derailed, I decided to prepare a guilt-free dessert to satisfy any sweet tooth in a healthy way. These personal-sized raw coconut cream pies are every bit as delicious as the “real deal” but left us feeling nourished and satisfied! Although the recipe says to defrost the pies, we all enjoyed them most when eaten frozen — they taste almost like ice cream sandwiches!
Raw Coconut Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate Crust
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Yield: Makes 12 Personal Size Pies
- 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews or Macadamia Nuts
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Plain Coconut
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Agave
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa
- Dash of Salt
- 1 1/4 Cup Coconut Cream (*Refrigerate a can of coconut milk for 24-48 hours and skim thick, white milk from the top, leaving remaining oil at bottom of can)
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 3-4 Tbsp Agave
- 1 Banana
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Place crust ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth.
- Spray a muffin tin with a healthy, non-stick cooking spray.
- Evenly press dough down into muffin tin.
- Place in the freezer.
- Place all filling ingredients in a separate food processor bowl (or washed bowl) and blend until smooth.
- Remove crust from freezer.
- Evenly top crust with coconut cream filling.
- Place in the freezer and let set for 2-3 hours.
- Remove from freezer and let thaw for 10-15 minutes before serving (depending on the texture you choose).
- Feel free to top these with coconut whipped cream and/or shredded coconut.
When I got home for spring break, I noticed a few new interesting additions to the pantry: ground flax meal, coconut oil, and raw honey. While I wasn’t surprised (my mom is obsessed with healthy foods and health food “trends”), I was curious if I would be able to make something that was as healthy as it was delicious. Thankfully I stumbled upon these, the perfect start to my spring break detox. These raw chocolate drops not only taste good, but also they are good for you. Filled with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, these chocolate drops satisfy your sweet tooth without sending you into a sugar coma. They only take a few minutes to prepare, so I suggest you make these ASAP!
Raw Chocoalte Drops – Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe
1/3 Cup Sesame Seeds
1/3 Cup Ground Flax
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Cacao Powder
1 Cup Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Raw Honey
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
Put Seeds, Flax, Walnuts in Food Processor and mix until ground (about 10-20 seconds).
Add Coconut, and Cacao, mix until all ingredients are well blended.
Transfer to medium mixing bowl.
Add coconut oil, honey (or maple syrup to make vegan), and mix with a spoon until blended.
Form into small balls on a baking sheet and store in the refrigerator.