Serves: either one greedy monger/many well mannered souls
3 tablespoons coconut oil
4 ounces your favorite dark chocolate **
16 oz crunchy almond butter
1 box plain rice Chex cereal
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
powdered sugar to taste (about 1 cup)
In your biggest bowl, pour out the box of cereal.
In a double boiler* melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Then add your chocolate and let it slowly melt. Tend to the chocolate with a rubber spatula so it doesn't burn.
When the chocolate is about half way melted, add the can of almond butter. This is the hardest part; I loath scraping almond butter from the jar!
Continue to gently melt on medium until all is incorporated and melted.
Immediately pour over the cereal and stir with the spatula (harder tools for stirring tend to crunch and destroy the cereal.) until it's evenly covered.
Now throw in some powdered sugar to add sweetness and make it it easier to handle. Start with just under a cup of the sugar, mix the cinnamon with the shallow cup of sugar first to make stirring easier and the seasoning even. Pour into the cereal. Keep stirring, tasting, and adding bits of sugar until it reaches your desired sweetness. It probably won't look fully white/gray like traditional muddy buddies, we don't use that much sugar, so it's still brown.
Eat right away while it's warm, but be sure to save some in the fridge too as it's GREAT cold and hard.
*No microwaves, it ruins the chocolate. If you don't have an official double boiler, put a glass bowl above a sauce pan with an inch of water; or try one smaller sauce pan inside a larger sauce pan, with the small bit of water in the bottom pan. Don't let the water boil like crazy and get inside the chocolate mixture, it'll ruin the texture and taste.
**I can have Theo chocolate, so I used a bar of 85% dark Theo and then added one ounce of 100% dark unsweetened Schafferer cooking chocolate. Mercy mercy mild! But use whatever combo or brand of dark chocolate you like most.
Recipe by Coconuts and Cardamom - Foods Infused with Passion and Love from All Around the Globe at http://www.coconutsandcardamom.com/dark-almond-buddies/