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Honey Joys

honey joys

There are some foods that recreate a scene in my mind, that take me back to another time and another place. Honey Joys is one of those recipes.

I don’t think of the parties I attended with a pink dress on and pony tails in my hair.

I don’t think of the countless times I sat on my Gran’s bench, mixing the honey, butter and cornflakes and eating the mixture before it had set.

I think of my 18 year old self on the weekends I spent visiting my family back in my home town.

I think of my much loved Gran’s request to make her Honey Joys and I laugh as I recall her telling me, in all seriousness, that they are a perfect breakfast. “Delicious and healthy” she would say. “What could be wrong with cornflakes, honey and butter – they are all fabulous, everyday breakfast choices”.

So I would make her a batch each time I visited because I agreed with Gran. When you get to 85 you can have whatever you desire, whenever you desire. She absolutely loved them and I am so pleased that I was the one whipping up her morning joy and getting her day off to a happy start.

The Honey Joys I am sharing with you today are not the ones I was making for my Gran all those years ago. Nor are they the ones that I recall from my childhood parties. But they are still delicious, they still make me smile and they still make me feel young again. I hope you enjoy them.

Honey Joys

  • 1 cup flaked almonds*
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey**
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 12 mini patty pans
  1. Heat a large frypan over medium heat.
  2. Add the flaked almonds. Reduce the heat to medium – low.  Toast the almonds, stirring frequently, until fragrant (approximately two minutes).
  3. Add the coconut and salt. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 1 minute, the almonds should be golden. Turn off the heat and drizzle over the honey and vanilla. Continue stirring to combine.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a medium sized bowl and stir in the coconut oil.
  5. Use your hands to divide the mixture between the patty pans. You may like to use damp hands. Place the honey joys aside or into the fridge to set.
  6. Serve. Enjoy.

*to make these nut free I would omit the almonds, double the coconut and add 1/2 a cup of sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

**you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

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