Good Sunday morning! Guess who overslept and missed church. This girl (and the husband too of corse). I hate when I do that, I feel off all week. What are you doing this Sunday morning? Being Lazy? Productive? (I pat you on the back if you are being productive) Feeling lazy and trying to bet on track, I decided to put a little *JOY* into my morning…. Well, Almond Joy
to be exact. kind of. Anyone else ever eat these?
When I was younger and didn’t so much care what I ate, I ate these. Not in large amounts, just the fun sized ones on occasion. Ice cream was really my thing back then. The thing I couldn’t control myself on… Wait, I’m getting off task. So, I love coconut more than words can express. Like seriously, I love coconut, I have extract on hand at all times and add it to the most random things. Just ask the husband. Coconut makes me feel like I’m on a beach. Who doesn’t want to feel like they are on the beach? Even if is just for a moment? To make things even better, I added chocolate. Dark chocolate. Coconut and chocolate= my joy!
I decided to make my own CoconutChocolateJoy in a Ball. Much healthier than the Almond Joys in my past. So here is what went down.
Here is what I did:
CoconutChocolateJoy in a ball
1/2 cup almonds +
12 13 whole almonds for inside the balls
1 cup of pitted dates (a little less actually, maybe 3/4 c. )
2-3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup of coconut, plus a couple of tablespoons extra for rolling
In a blender or food processor, process the almonds into smaller pieces that you would like, I went pretty small and processed for quite a while. Then, add the pitted dates, cocoa powder and process all of them together. Transfer mixture to bowl of counter, (I covered my counter in plastic wrap and dropped the mix into that for easy clean up) then fold in coconut. Kneed the doughy mixture into a rectangle and flatten it. Evenly place 12 (I used 13) whole almonds. Cut and form into balls. Roll the balls in coconut for a prettier CoconutChocolateJoy in a ball.
Julie’s Top 5 reasons to try these today.
- These are seriously just as good as the Almond Joys that I used to eat. Maybe even better. Don’t take my word for it…. Try it! 🙂
- They are fast and easy to make (maybe 10 minutes, that’s maybe)
- The clean up is minimal if you use the plastic wrap like I suggested. Only a food processor bowl and a set of hands to wash.
- They are an easy sweet treat to grab and go. The balls are handy. Yes, I just said the balls are handy.
- I said so….. 🙂