I guess you could say I have a newfound looove for almond extract. It's sweet, yet bitter... and it kinda smells like licorice to me.
WARNING: do not sniff a new bottle of almond extract--you will flinch and spill it everywhere.
Whaaattt? No I'm not saying that from personal experience! Silly you, I don't know why you'd think that...
Anyways, I also have a love for coconut extract. Why not put almond extract and coconut extract together and make an Almond Joy-ish dessert? Or even better, why not put them together and make Almond Joy Krispy Treats?! Clearly, nothing held me back from doing just that...
And clearly, nothing held me back from taking a giant chomp out of a krispy treat right at the start of photographing this little gem! Seriously, I think I got three pictures in and just had to eat it, it smelled so good!
The creamy milk chocolate, the bitter almond, the sweet coconut--I call that a trifecta of utter perfection. I have no idea if that even made sense so just ignore me, I'm in Almond Joy-induced bliss :)
Almond Joy Krispy Treats: [no bake, high protein, GF, vegan]
(makes 9 large treats)
150g (5 cups) Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
48g (1/2 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
13g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
1/8 tsp Salt
210g (1/2 cup + 2 tbs) Brown Rice Syrup128g (1/2 cup) Raw Almond Butter
1 tbs Vanilla Paste
3/4-1 tsp Almond Extract (to taste)
1/2 tsp Chocolate Extract (optional)
1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
64g (2 scoops) Chocolate Protein Powder
64g (1/4 cup) Coconut Butter
1/4 cup Light Coconut Milk, canned
3/4 tsp Coconut Extract
1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder
15g (1/4 cup) Reduced Fat Shredded Coconut
1-2oz Sugar Free Milk Chocolate
1. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cereal, oats, flax and salt.
3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, stir together the almond butter, rice syrup, vanilla paste and extracts. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until mixture is runny.
4. Add the protein powder to the wet ingredients, spoonful by spoonful, until incorporated. Scoop this mixture over the dry ingredients and fold together. Scoop this into the pan and flatten.
5. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted. Stir in the coconut milk and extracts. Add the protein powder and coconut and stir again. Spread this over the base layer (you can use a rubber spatula or wrap your fingers with plastic wrap and press it to the edges of the pan).
6. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and melt at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Drizzle over the krispy treats and refrigerate until firm. Slice and enjoy!
I can't believe these are healthy. I reviewed the ingredient list about 3x until I was fully convinced... Yes, I had to convince even myself that my own creation was healthy.