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Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is dark chocolate. Yes, even with my super-healthy lifestyle, I still want chocolate.

Especially during the holidays.

I guess it’s the nostalgia of the holidays that makes me want to dive into a bath of chocolate. It’s also the family gatherings, parties and general sense of happiness during this time of year. I have a large family and we all come together at Christmas to embrace, reflect and welcome each other’s company. It’s truly magical.

These healthy treats were inspired by my love, as a young adult, of the conventional Almond Joy candy. This simple yet nutritious version will satisfy your craving and boost your heart health from the addition of coconut oil and raw cacao. These little gems are perfect for parties or just to eat all by yourself.

Festive Almond Candy

What you’ll need

  • 1 cup unsweetened raw coconut
  • ¼ cup raw local honey
  • 1½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoons raw cacao

How to make it

In a small bowl combine coconut and honey. Mix until well combined. In a small muffin tin or individual small muffin cups, add a dollop of the coconut and honey mixture. Place a raw almond in the middle of the mixture. Refrigerate so the mixture can harden a bit.

Meanwhile, in a double boiler, add the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt together. Remove from heat and add the raw cacao and stir until well combined. Once the coconut cups have hardened, drizzle the chocolate mixture over top of each cup. Place the candies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let the chocolate harden. For best results, keep refrigerated.

The bottom line

If your child has a nut allergy, omit the almonds; you’ll have a super-healthy and tasty candy.

Talk to Tracy

Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at www.megahealthymama.com.

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