Monday, December 20, 2010

Chocolate covered almond clusters/ almond butter balls

I just love my husband!  He has figured out a way to  make me some Christmas treats.  He made chocolate almond butter balls and a chocolate bar as close as it can get to a Hershey's bar with almonds!  Here are the recipes!  Enjoy!

Chocolate almond balls:
1/2 cup almond butter ( used Trader Joes creamy unsalted)
3 TBSP organic butter- softened
1 TBSP Stevia

Mix ingredients and freeze it for an hour or so.( you will later dip them in the chocolate!)

Chocolate: ( for both almond butter balls and almond bar)
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate  (or 6 TBSP unsweet cocoa + 2 TBSP unsalted organic butter)
2 1/2 oz. organic expeller pressed coconut oil (HT has it)
2 tsp Stevia
6 TBSP organic whipping cream

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in microwave for about 2 minutes at 50% power.  (Check it every 45 seconds and stir)  

It's better for it to be soft than to be bubbling!

Mix in Stevia.  
(Stirring constantly is good!)  

(If you have a thermometer, check to see when mixture is at 80 degrees.  At this temperature put it back in the microwave for about 20 seconds at 50% power.)

Add the whipping cream and stir.

For almond butter balls:
 Remove almond butter from the freezer and use TBSP size amounts to roll into balls. 

Place on wax paper.

Use a tooth pick or skewer to pick up the balls and dip them into the chocolate.

Place back on wax paper and put in freezer.  

Grab one (or more)and enjoy!

For chocolate almond bar:
Put unsalted almonds (whole or chopped) into bowl of chocolate mixture.  

Put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.  

Slice off a piece and enjoy!

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