It should come as no surprise to you when I say that I love almonds. The little nutritional powerhouses are one of my go-to snacks, and I love to incorporate almonds in all of their forms (almond flour, almond butter, almond extract, etc.) to recipes. Case in point. So I – of course – jumped at the chance to join healthyfoodforliving.com in their effort to spread the word about the health benefits of almonds.
Before we get to the recipe, (which, believe me, you want to stick around for), let’s chat for a bit about what makes almonds so fantastic. First of all, they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Including almonds in your diet can help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer & heart disease. Second of all, they are delicious and can be enjoyed in a vast variety of ways.
For this recipe, I combined almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and dark chocolate to create little two-bite treats that taste like the popular candy bar in fudge form.
The bites require no cooking, and can be whipped up in mere minutes. Straight out of the food processor, the mixture is the consistency of nut butter, but it sets up into a dense fudge-like texture when chilled in the refrigerator.
It is nearly impossible to eat just one of these; you have been warned!
If you have yet to include almonds into your diet, hopefully this recipe will entice you to start; and be sure to check out Nuts.com for their wide (and tempting!) variety of almond offerings by clicking here.
Almond Joy Fudge Bites
|Name:||Almond Joy Fudge Bites|
|Prep Time:||15 minutes|
|Total Time:||45 minutes (including chilling time)|
|Yield:||Varies depending on bite size|
Ingredients (12 bites)
- 1 1/2 cups dry roasted unsalted almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Line a 12 cup mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners.
Combine almonds and coconut flakes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until the almonds and coconut break down into a smooth butter, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, about 5-10 minutes.
Add in the coconut oil, salt, and chocolate chips; process until the coconut oil & chocolate have melted and are fully combined (the heat from the food processor will melt the chocolate).
Evenly divide the mixture amongst the lined muffin cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set, at least 2 hours.
Peel off the muffin liners. Store in refrigerator.
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving
- Calories: ~120 calories
- Total Fat: ~9g
- Saturated Fat: ~4g
- Cholesterol: ~0mg
- Sodium: ~30mg
- Total Carbohydrates: ~10g
- Dietary Fiber: ~2g
- Sugars: ~6g
- Protein: ~3g
Please note that these nutrition estimates are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes. It’s always a good practice to calculate nutrition based on the exact ingredients and quantities used.