One of my favorite candies growing up were mounds bars and I loved the ones with almonds in the middle! I am not sure how many people or kids loved this for a piece of candy, but my mom always ate them so that is probably where my love for them developed!
For this recipe you can either leave the almond on top or take it out- whichever you prefer! Either way, they are pretty simple to make and only require a few ingredients:
shredded coconut flakes
nut milk of choice (coconut preferably or almond milk)
dark chocolate + sea salt for coating
You do need the coconut mixture (the middle part) to set in the freezer for about 30 minutes before dipping each bite into the chocolate, but it is worth it. The chocolate coating is smooth, a little melty while the center is rich in coconut flavor and light. The melt quickly if they are left out, so I would suggest either keeping them in the freezer until you are ready to eat one - plus they will last longer if they are kept there!
After you mix the filling mixture, you shape them into little bars, and then stick them in the freezer for about 30 minutes!
On low heat, melt your dark chocolate of choice and then carefully dip the coconut shaped bars into the chocolate.
Once they are completely covered, place back in the freezer for about 10 minutes!
They make the easiest and perfect trip that you can grab out of the freezer whenever you want it!
Yields: About 10 bars (depending on size/shape)
Prep time: 1 hour (due to letting the bars set in freezer)
1 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut butter (I used Philosophie Coconut Bliss Coconut)
2 tbsp nut milk (preferably coconut or almond)
3 tbsp. maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
Coating: about 1 cup dark chocolate, melted (May need more or less depending on how many bars you have)
sea salt + shredded coconut flakes for topping
In your food processor blend together the unsweetened shredded coconut flakes and the coconut oil for about 3-4 minutes.
Add the maple syrup, coconut butter, vanilla, nut milk. Blend until completely smooth and sticking together.
You should be able to scrap the sides of the food processor and the dough should easily form into shapes or little balls.
If not, blend for about 1-2 minutes. Test again. You can always add in more liquid (preferably the nut milk or the sweetener) or coconut butter to allow the dough to completely stick together.
Form into bar shapes or roll into balls! If you are adding an almond for each, place in the center of each shape and carefully press down.
Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Melt chocolate of choice on low heat over the stove (can use a microwave). Pour the chocolate into a dish.
Carefully dip each of the coconut bar shapes into the chocolate coated top, bottom, and sides. Sprinkle with sea salt + shredded coconut flakes.
Place each chocolate coated mound on a plate and allow to set for about 10-15 minutes!
Lasts up to a few months in the freezer or 2 weeks in the fridge!