My biggest period cravings hit me about 5 days before the floodgates open, and then I MUST eat all the things. I want something that’s a little bit sweet but won’t make my teeth hurt, I want my snack to be accessible and easy, and something that I can have as little or as much as I want. These No Bake Almond Joy Bites satisfy everything my PMS heart desires. I make a double or triple batch and keep some in a lidded container in the cupboard, and freeze the rest of them. They freeze really well, and after I’ve plowed through the ones in the cupboard, I eat them straight out of the freezer with a cup of tea. They really taste just like my favorite Halloween candy, Almond Joy, minus the pile of candy wrappers and sugar crash.
I adapted this recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens. Because I tend to make such a large batch, it can be a bit tricky to get the bites to squeeze into balls, so I add a little bit of egg replacer which helps them stick together. Try making them first without, and if you run into the same issue, a little water (1-2 tbsp) or egg replacer does the trick.
Ingredients (makes about 3 dozen)
2 cup almonds – I used blanched and slivered
1 ½ cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup oats
½ cup honey
1 tsp almond extract
pinch of salt
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (add more if desired)
Process the almonds in a food processor for several minutes until it’s the texture of almond butter. The almonds will at first look like almond flour, just keep going. Scrape down the sides of the processor and keep pulsing along until it churns into almond butter. Trust me, it will happen.
Mix together all the ingredients, plus your fresh almond butter, in a large bowl, adding the chocolate chips last. With your hands form the mixture into 1 inch balls. If it’s not coming together, add the water or egg replacer as I suggest above. Annnd done! Store in an airtight container or freeze until the crimson tide cravings crash against your uterine shore.
P.S. My 8 year old daughter helped make — and eat — these. She can’t wait until she has her own period cravings!