- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, 90% cocoa solids
- 2 ounces butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups almond flour
- Coconut flakes
- Break the chocolate into small pieces.
- Put the cream in a small sauce pan over low heat.
- Add the chocolate to the cream and heat the two together until the chocolate has melted.
- Add the butter and stir until the mixture thickens.
- Stir in the vanilla and almond flour.
- Roll the mixture into 24 balls and dip them into coconut flakes.
- Put the balls on a plate and refrigerate until hard.
Again, total mental mind shift here. I used to think heavy cream was a bad thing and rarely used it unless I was making a vodka sauce for pasta. I am learning that eating fat doesn’t make you fat, it makes you full and satisfied- but it has to be the right fat! Granted, heavy cream is not the best fat but it is not the worst- so here we go.
This past month of working at my new job has been so educational and eye opening, I have learned so much about my own habits and what I desire to change. I have learned where my weaknesses are and where my strengths are (in sticking with a healthy meal plan) and DESSERT is one of weak points. I am most successful when I let myself eat some chocolate everyday. Mike and I usually split a bar of chocolate after dinner because he is worse than me when it comes to resisting chocolate- seriously for someone with such good self control and awareness, he just LOSES it around chocolate. I love it! ❤
Anyway, back to this recipe- I chose it because I know the key to success is planning ahead. If I had a dessert on hand already made for the week, it wouldn’t be an issue and I wouldn’t want ice cream or some crazy pie or cake and binge when I caved. Added benefit, it’s a recipe from work so I would be able to report back to my members how it went/ if I would recommend it.
As I was making this dish it reminded me of the Oreo balls that my niece, sister and I have made around Christmas for the past two years. Last year we bombed the recipe. We had the hardest time melting the chocolate. That was NOT the case today and I will gladly learn from today’s adventure. The trick was in the chocolate ( I think). I bought “Baker’s” chocolate instead of chocolate chips because I was trying to follow the recipe LOL. And it worked great. I also was much more patient this time around, AND melted the chocolate into the heavy cream. That might have done the trick now that I am thinking about it. Last year we just tried melting the chocolate in a pan on the stove- no bueno!
So this came together easy, warm the cream, melt the chocolate, melt the butter, add the vanilla and almond flour and then roll ’em. It was mess though! But a messy success!
They taste, and have the consistency of, Macaroons! Yummy, yummy in my tummy.
Another successful recipe from today that you should try out!