3/30/12

Homemade Sugar Free Almond Joy Bites


My husband teases me that I'm the only person on the planet that likes Almond Joys.  I know that isn't true because I only buy Almond Joy candies at Halloween in one mini-bite sized bag and I know that one purchase isn't keeping them in business!

Right now I'm cutting out all sugar and ironically, even though I never crave sugar or chocolate - knowing I can't have it just makes me want it.  I don't like chocolate.  I can go six months and not even think about it.  But... decide to go completely sugar free and my brain starts to crave it just because I can't have it.  Silly brain.

So today I whipped up some Almond Joy Bites.  Sugar Free and quite easy.  It's funny though, after I mixed them up and made 8 bite sized candies to set on foil, I scraped the last of the chocolate mixture out of the bowl (about a half teaspoon), ate it....  and had no craving for any more.  See?  It's all mental.  :)

Sugar Free Almond Joy Bites

1/3 c Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
1/4 c Shredded Coconut  (Unsweetened)
1 t Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
1/4 c Almonds, Unroasted & Unsalted 

Amounts are up to you.  This is approximately what I used and it made 8 little inch rounds or bites.  If you added a bit more or less coconut or almonds or even vanilla syrup, you can adjust it to your personal taste.

Chop the almonds either by the edge of a rolling pin in a ziploc or with a chopper.  Place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 1 minute, stir.  If it's not quite melted, give it another 15 seconds.  Stir again.  Drop by spoonfuls onto foil.  You can leave them free form or shape them a bit with your fingers to make them round.  Let them set to harden for about an hour or put them in the refrigerator for a quick set.  I got 8 rounds from this amount.



*If you don't care about sugar; just use regular chocolate chips.  Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. I don't have the SF choc chips in the house, and am wondering if there's a way to make this with splends and cocoa powder. Anyone have any ideas?

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  2. Hi Cyndee -

    I never had SF chocolate chips around either because I could never find them. Just a heads up - I found them last weekend at Walmart!!!! I couldn't believe it. My Walmart is in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere and carries very little sugar free so I assume most Walmarts will have them by now.

    I have used cocoa and Splenda with butter and cream in the past for things - I didn't measure, just added until it 'tasted' right. You absolutely could do that! Maybe start with;

    1/4 c cocoa powder
    6 T Splenda
    5-6 T butter
    a bit of heavy cream or vanilla for the liquid to bring it together. Not too much though as you'll want these to set up and get hard.


    ~An American Housewife

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