My kids are getting really excited for Halloween! Of course, they get to dress up and run around the neighborhood with friends, but what they’re most excited about is trading in their candy. We aren’t fans of all of the processed candy they receive, so our kids get to trade in 4 pieces for extra reading time at night. They’re still young, so staying up an extra 15 minutes at night is a huge deal. Sometimes they trade it in for extra time on the computer during the weekends. It keeps mom and dad sane and the kids happy, so it works for our family.
I like to have a piece of candy occasionally, and making some of our favorite candy bars at home isn’t difficult. The kids have fun helping, too. This recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and without all the preservatives and unhealthy ingredients, you can enjoy them guilt-free!
Homemade Coconut Almond Joy Candy Bars
Makes about 12 candy bars
Place coconut and maple syrup in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes, until coconut is very moist and clumps together when squeezed between your fingers. Place a cooling rack on top of a large baking sheet. Using your hands, take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture and form it into an oval. Place on the cooling rack. Repeat with remaining coconut. Place an almond on top of each coconut mound. Whisk together the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Using a large spoon, spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate over each coconut/almond mound. Refrigerate for 10 minutes until firm. Serve. (These keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days.)
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