i so wish i had this recipe when i was nursing my boys and having to abide by the MSPI diet (milk soy protein intolerance)! but i just found it recently. and since we have taken Isaac off of dairy for the time being, to see if it helps his guts feel better, i thought it would be fun to do this for him. and let me tell you, he loves them!!
aren't they cute? i found the link to the recipe here on Thriving Without. i made them in a mini muffin tin, a much better size when making them for a 3 year old, in my opinion. OH, but i did have to do things a little differently...
i didn't care for her chocolate recipe, so i tried Heavenly Homemakers recipe for chocolate chips, however, i again had to make some changes...
she uses butter and since i was shooting for no milk, i used coconut oil. now i don't know if it was doing something wrong or what, but i could not get my sugar to dissolve into the oil. let me just tell you, it was weird! i mixed and mixed and played with my heat, but couldn't get it to incorporate. so, my solution???? put it in the blender!!!
yep, i pulverized it! after several minutes on the highest speed, things seem to come together a little better. (oh, someday to have an immersion blender...)
oh, i also had dark chocolate cocoa powder (something i love, but so far, have only found it at my old Albertson's in Henderson NV) so i used 1/2 as much (1/4 cup).
first all the no's. no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no cocoa butter (sometime a problem for me) and NO DAIRY!
now the pro's! made with natural ingredients (some of which even have some health benefits, though i refrain from calling these candies healthy), way less expensive than the $1.25 for a candy bar, and fun to know that i can make something wonderfully satisfying myself! Isaac even helped a little with putting in the almonds and stirring the ingredients.
hooray!! a win-win all around.
disclaimer: i will warn you, you have to keep them in the freezer or fridge because they melt very easily/quickly. and obviously, due to using different ingredients, these taste a little different than the store bought variety. but in our case, it's all worth it.