Friday, February 24, 2012

little coconut chocolate bars

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here is a quickie for you

perfect for when you want something sweet in the quick
or have a cute boy coming over and you want to really impress him
by showing off your out of this world culinary skills but only have 15 minutes to spare

little coconut chocolate bars will give you the sweet fix you are looking for
and impress that cute boy
in just 15 minutes or less

how great is that?

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4- count them, yes four ingredients
that is if you feel like nuts, if you don't 3

fabulous! (insert sing songy voice)

unsweetened coconut is combined in a mini food processor with brown rice syrup
then pulsed until combined - i used flaked coconut, if you have the shredded coconut you can combine the shredded coconut and brown rice syrup in a bowl and skip the processor - your call

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in heaping tablespoons the coconut mixture is placed on a piece of parchment or wax paper
giving you 6 equal mounds

the coconut mounds are then shaped into mini rectangles with the ends rounded; or any shape you fancy; you could easily make these a tad bit smaller and create 12 rounds

if you are feeling nutty top the shaped coconut with almonds



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the shaped coconut is then dipped in melted chocolate covering all sides, top and bottom
any left over chocolate is then spread on top of the coconut bars

almonds and coconut are then sprinkled on top of the bars


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pop in the freezer until the chocolate sets
or a fridge
or counter

depends on how antsy you get
this only counts as a 15 minute or less if you pop in the freezer or fridge



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too easy not to make, no excuses!
cute boy or no cute boy

make these in honor of your cute cat if you are absolutely looking for an excuse to make these
then proceed to eat a minimum of 2 with your tea
while the cute boy eats three
with one left over for you to share


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Little Coconut Chocolate Bars
makes 6 mini bars or 12 small truffle bites

you will need:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 cup vegan chocolate

assembly:

in a food processor combine coconut flakes and process until shredded
add brown rice syrup and process until well combined

if using pre-shredded you can skip this step and combine shredded coconut and brown rice syrup in a medium bowl mixing well until well mixed

on a piece of parchment or waxed paper, place 1 heaping tablespoon on mixture on the paper - 6 total mounds

fold over the side of the paper over the mound and shape into an oval
repeat until all are formed

top with sliced almonds

in a double boiler, melt chocolate

remove from heat and dip each coconut oval into chocolate; a spoon and fork come in handy for coating and removing coconut ovals

once coated move back onto the parchment/wax paper
(if freezing/refrigerating you may want to place on a baking sheet for easier transportation to and from the freezer)
repeat  until all are coated, use any leftover chocolate to coat the tops of the coconut chocolate bars

top bars with almonds and coconut flakes

pop into the freezer or fridge until the chocolate has hardened
remove once set & store at room temperature up to 3 days

enjoy!




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28 comments:

  1. almond joys were always my FAVORITE candy bar! these look sooo delicious and super easy to make!

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    1. I was always an almond joy versus mounds girl too! These are super easy which can be a good thing or not so good, depending on how much self control you have!

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  2. So. Freakin'. Ingenius. I love this! It's like almond joy (or mounds) made easy easy *easy*! I will so have to try this. Especially the next time I have a cute boy coming over... wait. Does The Boyfriend like coconut? Uh-oh, might have to check on that first. :/

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  3. Wow, these look so simple! I'm definitely a fan of coconut chocolate bars, with or without nuts and these look soooo good :D

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  4. Yum, I love coconut treats! These sound like the kind that would be great straight from the freezer...there would be no sharing with cats or boys in my house, cute or not!

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    1. oooh the freezer; these didn't last long enough to try that out, I bet it they would be awesome straight from the freezer!

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  5. Ooooooh, I love me a quickie :) FAAAAABULOOOOUS, indeed! hehe P.S. where do you buy brown rice syrup?

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    1. You freakin' crack me up; I bought my brown rice syrup *lundberg Farms from our local grocery store - Hannaford & Shaws, it usually is in the healthy food section / gluten free area :)

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  6. Oooh yummy! Almond joys are my absolute favorite. Now I need to go find myself a cute boy so I don't eat the whole batch on my own!

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    1. Cute boys would probably eat the entire batch; so if you find one make sure you double it :)

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  7. These are so cute and exactly like almond johys - a big favourite :D
    Delicious recipe for sure!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Two Twix Fudgy 'Whities'

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  8. hmm lets see when was the last time a cute boy wanted to visit.. hmmm. like 8 years ago! now its just hubbs who visits.. oops lives here:D
    and some days he comes home wondering what new stuff he will get to sample today! one of these days.. it will be coconut chocolate bars. i m going to spice them up.. with cardamom i think.. i just love spices:)
    i heart your fabric collection too.. i can never figure out which colors work with which.. i need some color wheel lessons:)

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    1. Richa you are too funny, I am sure your husband can stand in for that cute boy ;)

      I love your idea of adding some type of spice like cardamom; yum!

      LOL a color wheel; I just end up buying fabric squares from Joanne Fabrics, keeping them in the box and then kinda pair them together as i go- without a color wheel :)

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  9. So good, with only 4 ingredients. This is a must try recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. So happy you stopped by, one of the best things about this recipe is the fact it is 4 ingredients or less :)

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  10. My dad loves Almond Joys (along with a couple of other relatives and a friend) but all the recipes I've seen out there uses corn syrup or the like. This recipe is so neat! Only 3 or 4 ingredients + healthy!

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    1. Thanks Kathy!

      With all those fans of almond joys in your life you may need to make a few dozen of these :)

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  11. Oh YUM! I'm so glad you submitting these to HVF! I missed so much of your culinary genius before I found you :)

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    1. I am SO HAPPY that you put togther HVF - you are brilliant Gabby!

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  12. This looks and sounds so divine!!! :)

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  13. These look so easy! My husband adores bounty bars (Do you get them? We are based in the UK) so I'm going to have to make these for him.

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I don't know if we have bounty bars but we have mounds bars and almond joys - bounty bars do sound familiar though :)

      Justin loved these, they definitely didn't last long in our house!

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  14. LOVE this.... simple, sweet - hits the right spots for me (although I may need to quadruple the recipe as I fear these will disappear toot sweet!)

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    1. Thanks Lou! I totally wished I had double batched these, they literally were gone within 30 minutes of making :)

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