Serve up these healthy homemade almond joy bars at your next party for a delightful treat.
Made with minimal ingredients, (only five of them!) these homemade almond joy bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made vegan by swapping out honey for maple or brown rice syrup.
Homemade Almond Joy Ingredients
These homemade almond joy chocolates come together in no time. All you’ll need is shredded unsweetened coconut flakes, raw honey, extra virgin coconut oil, dark chocolate, and raw almonds.
Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes make up the creamy, coconutty filling along with extra virgin coconut oil and honey. Look for finely shredded coconut flakes, as they make the mixture easier to bind together and deliver a tastier texture. Coconut flakes can often be found in the bulk section of your natural grocery store, or in the baking aisle.
Coconut flakes are mixed with extra virgin coconut oil and honey to make a sweet and sticky paste. Always purchase cold-pressed or raw organic extra virgin coconut oil, which hasn’t been overly processed and refined. This means that many of coconut’s beneficial nutrients remain in tact in the oil.
Raw honey sweetens these homemade almond joy chocolates while adding a hint of nutrients. Raw honey is a minimally processed variety of honey that offers more vitamins and minerals than processed conventional honey. Find it at farmers markets, Whole Foods Market, and local co-ops.
Adding raw almonds to these chocolates is a deliciously crunchy way to add in healthy fats and flavor. Almonds are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, which are associated with reduced cholesterol and risk of heart disease, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and magnesium. Of course, if you prefer to go the Mounds route, leave the nuts out.
Top the coconut and almond center with dark chocolate to transform these bars into heavenly goodness. Choose a dark chocolate with at least 80 percent cacao or higher, which delivers the most antioxidants and nutrients associated with dark chocolate health benefits.
These homemade almond joy chocolates are wickedly good.
Photos by Kate Gavlick