Paleo Almond Joy Clusters

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!  I think this was my third time trying to make this and it finally turned out right.  Whew!  I was watching The Chew one day last week and I saw Michael Symon making homemade Almond Joys.  I thought they looked SO YUMMY!  But they were full of sugar and other not-so-good-for-you ingredients.  So, I decided to try to come up with a Paleo Almond Joy…if you will!  After messing up and trying several different ways of creating these, this is what I came up with!  Just a few ingredients… your sweet tooth is cured and your tummy doesn’t ache!

Ingredients:

Yields:  10-15 pieces (depending on how big you make yours)

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 5 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • raw almonds
  • 1 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips (USE THESE!  They’re gluten free, nut free, soy free, and nonGMO!  Yes, they still taste like chocolate.  I PROMISE!  I eat them by the handfuls.)

Directions:

ingredients

1.  In a medium size sauce-pan add the first 5 ingredients.  Bring this to a low boil on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t scorch.  Once everything has melted, pull this off the heat and let it cool completely.

2.  After the mixture has cooled, add the cornstarch and stir until well combined.

3.  Line a sheet pan with foil.  Start forming the cluster or make a log out of it.  (My first thought was to make a log out of this, but it somehow started looking like a cluster, so I just went with it!)  Top each cluster with 2 almonds.

before chocolate2

before chocolate

4.  Stick clusters/logs in the freezer for about 20 minutes, or until they’re firm.  Once they’re firm, you can form them better…or… leave them in cluster form 🙂

5.  While the clusters are hanging out in the freezer, start melting the chocolate.  I melted mine in a double boiler over low heat.  I like to melt on low and slow.  Feel free to melt yours however you please!

6.  At this point, I took my little clusters off the sheet pan and put them on a cooling rack so the chocolate would have room to run down them.  Then I drizzled the chocolate over each one and topped them with one more almond.  I stuck them back in the freezer for about 15 minutes just to let the chocolate harden.

covered in chocolate

just one half

7.  If for some reason you don’t eat them all in one sitting, I would refrigerate them after you indulge!  ENJOY!!!

 

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