Low-Carb Almond JOYful Bars
Because I have a huge sweet tooth...but need to stay away from sugar and carbs, I'm often searching for new ways to make old favorites. Here's a delightful recipe I've adapted from an original posted at Healthy Indulgences.net. Because these contain superfood coconut oil, they will actually speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight, unlike that traditional favorite candy bar, Almond Joy.
Low-Carb Almond JOYful Bars!
These are as wonderful as they look and sound! My family was thrilled with this new recipe. The delicious combination of coconut, almonds, and chocolate is phenomenal! For those of you who have been following the Trim Healthy Mama diet and have had a hard time getting chocolatey treats to taste right - or you don't like desserts made with cream cheese in them (like my friend, Susan!), this is a great recipe for you.
Low-Carb Almond JOYful Bars
Makes 20 servings; I doubled the recipe and refrigerated leftovers
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray (I love Spectrum Coconut Oil Spray) so that parchment paper won't slide around. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. (You may use waxed paper, but these bars will stick to the waxed paper and be more difficult to remove.)
In a medium bowl, stir together coconut oil, coconut milk, unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut, salt, and stevia. Melt erythritol over medium heat in a small saucepan until liquified, stirring constantly. Pour hot erythritol over coconut mixture; combine well until coconut oil has melted. Add additional pure stevia extract powder, if desired, and stir well.
Place small spoonfuls of the coconut mixture onto the parchment paper; use your fingers to shape each spoonful into 20 flat "logs". Top each "log" with an almond, pressing the nuts down gently into the coconut filling.
Freeze coconut "logs" for 5 minutes or until filling is firm and cold. Microwave chopped chocolate for 30 seconds on high, or use your microwave's "melt chocolate" setting; you may also melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir chocolate until smooth. Add 1/16 tsp. of NuNaturals NuStevia Pure Stevia Extract Powder to the chocolate and taste; add additional stevia extract powder if desired.
Dip coconut "logs" into melted chocolate, or drizzle each coconut log with melted chocolate. Return logs to parchment paper; wait for several minutes for chocolate coating to harden.
Now, try to limit yourself to only one of these per day. Yeah, like that's possible!
0.57 grams of net carbs per candy bar without the chocolate coating
35 grams of net carbs per 1-3.5 oz. Lindt chocolate bar
4 grams of net carbs per bar made with 70% Lindt chocolate bar coating
Note: If you absolutely cannot have any carbs or sugars in your diet, you may use unsweetened baking chocolate to melt and drizzle onto these bars. Be sure to sweeten the unsweetened baking chocolate with your favorite alternative sweetener, to taste.
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6/17/2013 05:35:13 am
Yummy joy! Thanks for splashing me with goodness.
8/5/2013 08:16:38 pm
I dont' have access to coconut milk, is there something else I could substitute like cream?
8/11/2013 05:06:30 am
Thanks. I tried them, they were delicious.
3/10/2014 03:46:50 am
These were sooooo delicious!!! By far my favorite thm treat I've made! Although I ate two already, so I better not make them often!
10/14/2014 09:36:13 pm
WOW..these are amazing! First sweet treat that I made that I didn't end up throwing everything out. Think I might check out a few other of your recipes...feeling hopeful that I can find some things that my family will eat! Thank you!
2/14/2015 08:17:32 am
Where do you find a lindt bar or what can I use as substitute
Hi, Jane, I'm not sure where you live (U.S. or internationally), but in my small town, every grocery store has Lindt bars: Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Walmart, etc. I hope you can find some! If not, look for any other 70% or higher chocolate bar. I prefer now to use the 85% or higher due to the lower sugar content.
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