Monday, June 24, 2013

A Little Bit of Joy

Today's post is in honor of my poor dad who has been really sick these past couple of days with his gallbladder. Prayer would be appreciated, and he seems to be on the mend. Although he can't have them (nor does he want them), almond joys are his favorite candies. Here are two recipes using the famous flavor combination.
Almond Joy Pancakes
1 cup flour
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or a mixture of the two
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp almond extract
dash of salt
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp honey (Optional depending on whether your coconut is sweetened. It also helps to keep it together.)

Whisk the first nine ingredients together. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Meanwhile, stir the coconut, milk, and honey (if using) together. Spread a few tablespoons of it on top of a pancake and top with another pancake. Sprinkle on coconut flakes, almonds, and chocolate chips.

Hershey's sure did know what they were doing when they put together coconut, almonds, and chocolate. And don't worry all you nut haters. You can easily adapt this recipe to be "Mounds" flavored by leaving out the almond milk and extract. Or you can make it more almondy by using almond flour.

Almond Joy Cereal
serves 2-3
1 ½ cups oatmeal
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
pinch of salt
¾ cup almond milk
¼ cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp sugar

Toast the oatmeal and the coconut in an oven preheated to 350 degrees until golden. Blend together to form a flour. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Spread out onto a nonstick pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before breaking into chunks.

Substitution Notes: You can sub ¾ cup almond flour and ¾ cup coconut flour for the oatmeal. Maybe you could try coconut milk in place of the almond milk.

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Harper wanted me to take a picture of her artwork to show everyone. I think she did a good job on the tulip and writing her name. She has gotten so big. I don't think I have mentioned it on here yet, but soon Harper will be a big sister! (I will too for the third time.) We are adopting another little girl from China. We should get her by the end of the year. I will write more on it later. I am so excited!

 With the new baby coming, I have been thinking about more child-themed cards. The bright colors and animals are so fun to work with. Here is a zoo themed stepper card.

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