Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Hearts
 
 
A vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free "Reese's" treat. Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup natural almond butter
  • ½ tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¾ tsp. coconut oil
  • ⅛ tsp. sea salt
  • 1½ tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 6 almonds, halved
Instructions
  1. Combine almond butter, maple syrup, ½ tsp. coconut oil, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir vigorously with a fork for about two minutes. The maple syrup will cause the almond butter to thicken.
  2. Stir in the powdered sugar and mix well.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  4. Flatten each ball into ¼-1/2 inch thick discs. Pinch the bottom of each disc to form the point of the heart. Use the dull edge of a butter knife to form the indentation at the top of the heart. Mold until desired shape is achieved. Place on wax paper and make any necessary adjustments to the shape.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips with a ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil.
  6. Dip each almond butter heart in the melted chocolate. Tip: Place the heart in the chocolate so that one side is covered. Use a fork to turn the heart over and then remove from the chocolate and place on wax paper. It's helpful to use a second fork to remove any excess chocolate and to transfer the heart to the wax paper.
  7. Place almond halves on top of the each chocolate heart.
  8. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Once the chocolate hardens, you can use a sharp knife to cut off any messy edges.
  9. Serve or save for later in an air-tight container. They will stay solid at room temperature.
Notes
*It's sometimes easier to mold the almond butter into a heart shape after you place it on the wax paper. If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, just roll the dough to the desired thickness and use that!
*To split the almonds, use a sharp knife and cut where the two halves meet or buy sliced almonds instead of whole almonds.
*Want an easier option? These will be just as delicious if you skip the heart-shape part and just cover the almond butter balls in the chocolate!
Recipe by MORE. at http://www.moreveganblog.com/2014/02/10/dark-chocolate-almond-butter-hearts/