Today, we're talking about a very special sweet treat I came up with recently: Almond Coconut Freezer Fudge.
My dark past with Halloween candy
The inspiration behind this recipe is… Halloween candy. Specifically, those fun size Almond Joys I've been known to pilfer from my son's stash over the years.
Truth: I may be blending up healthy smoothies and making soup in my Instant Pot most days, but I'm also a bit of a recovering candy freak. Most of the time, I'm pretty good about staying away from it, but then Halloween rolls around and all of a sudden, candy is everywhere. Who can resist?
For years, I'd sneak those mini Snickers and Almond Joys and peanut M&Ms out of my son's candy stash, burying the wrappers in the garbage — which only added to my guilt and shame. I rationalized this behavior by telling myself that he already had too much candy for such a little person, and that all that sugar wasn't good for him. Which was true, but it wasn't good for me either!
And so, I kept stealing and eating.
At first, I found the candy shockingly sweet.
But then, after I'd had several pieces, I'd get kind of acclimated, right?
After a few trips to the candy stash, those mini-bars didn't seem so sweet — around the time, I suppose, that I had officially become re-addicted to the high fructose corn syrup and other pumped up artificial ingredients.
And then sure enough, shortly after Halloween, I'd develop a huge sugar-induced zit, front and center, on my face. This happened for years. I came to think of my annual pimple — a painful undergrounder — as the price I paid for going a little crazy on the Halloween candy.
Upgrade your sweet tooth with Almond Coconut Freezer Fudge
Thankfully, I've made some progress since then.
For one thing, I don't buy Halloween candy I like or will be tempted to eat. In other words, I buy Nerds and Sour Patch Kids for Halloween hand outs.
Another tactic that has worked for me is to keep some high-quality sweet treats on hand so that I can indulge without feeling super guilty, while also keeping those sugar-induced pimples at bay!
The trick is to enjoy dark chocolate — the darker the better, really, because it has less sugar. And dark chocolate is often dairy free, but you'll need to check the ingredients to make sure.
That said, you can enjoy a square or two of dark chocolate relatively guilt-free, or blend up some unsweetened cacao into an Almond Joy Smoothie or hot chocolate or “nice cream.”
Or, you could make a batch of this delicious Almond Coconut Freezer Fudge — with only about 5 minutes of active prep time.
How to make Almond Coconut Freezer Fudge
This recipe is super simple.
Basically, you take some dark chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life brand because they're allergy free, non GMO and plant based), almond butter, and maple syrup (optional) — and then melt them together in the microwave by 20-second increments.
Then, you stir in some melted coconut oil and pour everything into a prepared pan. Sprinkle some flaked coconut and sliced almonds over the top, freeze, and enjoy after about an hour of freezing time.
It's a really simple and quick recipe — one that's fun to make with kids, too. Why not upgrade their sweet tooth, as well?
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