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Paleo Almond Joy Cups

Out of the way, Almond Joy. THIS is the real deal.

Out of the way, Almond Joy. THIS is the real deal.

 

This past week I turned an age that I thought would define me as a true, fully formed adult. I would no longer be in my 20's, free to make mistakes and decisions based on emotion and spontaneity. Turning the big 3-0 was not a milestone that I was looking forward to. But through the support and generosity and kindness of my friends and family, I made it through to the other side, full of food and love and unwavering optimism. 

I spent my birthday doing what I love best: lifting heavy things, running, and sweating profusely. Per usual after the workout, starvation set in, and sure enough, my friends came through because sometimes they know me better than I know myself. My good friend and soon-to-be world traveler, Margot, took it upon herself to make some of the best Paleo fudge cups from this very site! She also added a coconut crumble on top which made the fudge about 1,000 times better! I blew out the candles (ermmm, with help from the breeze created by the overhead fans), took a big bite, and knew everything would be okay. 

Ingredients for fudge: 

See recipe here.

Ingredients for coconut topping: 

  • 1 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Steps:

  1. Prep and make the fudge.
  2. Set fudge aside in room temperature area (if it's hot as EFF outside because it's summer and this weather is ridiculous, place in the refrigerator and take out a few minutes before the topping is ready to be added.)
  3. Mix topping ingredients together in a bowl: coconut flakes, maple syrup (or honey), coconut oil, coconut milk, and vanilla.
  4. Stir until ingredients are stuck together.
  5. Sprinkle on top of not-yet-solidified fudge.
  6. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

These almond butter cups were so perfectly made at the perfect time. 

30g fat/16g carbs/4g protein/333 calories (per 1 of 9 servings)

Chef Margot and the devoured Almond Joys cups!

Chef Margot and the devoured Almond Joys cups!