Monday, January 24, 2011

Chocolate Almond Bites


I love chocolate covered almonds...anytime any kid is selling them for school fundraising projects I am more than happy to help them out by buying a box or two.

Left over from a previous cooking project, I had a bag of almond flour (ground almonds) that I wanted to make use of ...but how? The answer struck when I was browsing other food blogs. Carolyn over at All Day I dream about Food created a great gluten free recipe for Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles that look delicious. And her recipe inspired me to try my own version. Instead of peanut butter, I used almond flour or meal and low fat cream cheese in place of the butter.

I loved the result. The mixture stays fairly soft and their small size means they can be popped in your mouth and sinfully enjoyed. The mix of almonds and chocolate simply can't be beat!

Inside:

5 tbsp low fat cream cheese
6 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
1 cup almond flour/meal



Outside:
1-1/2 cups chocolate, melted
2 tsp vegetable shortening (optional)


What to do:
Line a baking sheet with a silpat or wax paper. Place a cooling rack on top.
Heat cream cheese and almond butter in microwave until creamy when stirred together (30 seconds - 1 minute).
 
Transfer to larger mixing bowl and add sugar and almond flour. Mix until well combined (by hand or with mixer).
 
Using a small 1-inch dough scoop (or a teaspoon) place balls on rack. Your mixture should yield 18- 22 balls depending on their size.
 
Place chocolate in heat prood bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to repeat but for 20 seconds until chocolate is melted.
 
Carefully dip bottom of a ball (if using scoop they will be half a ball shaped) in chocolate and put back on rack. With a spoon pour chocolate over top of ball and coat completely. Repeat until all balls are coated. If desired, add a sprinkling of salt or drizzle contrasting coloured chocolate on dipped balls.
 
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use (at least an hour).
 
Enjoy.
 
Notes:
I think they taste best when consumed within a day.
The vegetable shortening will add a nice sheen to the chocolate but I prefer it without.
If you spoon too much chocolate over balls they might form a thick layer of chocolate over the cooling rack wires - a pain to remove but still delicious!

17 comments:

  1. Those look adorable! I love almonds :)

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  2. Im sure they taste good, but they look just amazing!!

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  3. What lovely little treats. Anything covered in chocolate is A-OK with me.

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  4. Nom! Want. In Japan, you can get these chocolate covered almonds that David Beckham used to promote and they are just delicious. Never thought to make my own!

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  5. What a great idea! These would make a perfect Valentine's day gift for my mom. Thanks for the inspiration! Mmm you could even mix some jam in there too!

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  6. These sound delicious! chocolate and almond is a great combination.

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  7. Oh my, I love it ... I'd pop these in my mouth until there wasn't any left in the plate! Delicious!

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  8. These look amazing! And I love the idea of the almond butter. And mixed with chocolate? It doesn't get any better than that!!

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  9. wow these look fantastic:) i have it bookmarked already. thanks for sharing this.

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  10. Mmmm, these little treats look so yummy. I wish I had some to snack on while I blog and watch American Idol:)

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  11. Am so excited you can still re-invent! Woo! Will look forward to seeing them.

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  12. Perfectly delicious little bites! Excellent!

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  13. Mmmm, yes! An almond version of my truffles is a fantastic idea, and the cream cheese must have made them nice and creamy and smooth.

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  14. my mom used to force me to eat almonds when I was a kid and she kept telling me that they were making me smarter :)) well, eating these little chocolate almond bites will definitely make smarter; thank you!

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