Homemade Almond Joy Bars made EASY with just 5 ingredients and healthier than store-bought! Fantastic no-bake, low carb, low sugar treat for chocolate coconut lovers.
Made with real coconut and coconut oil you have a rich and creamy filled candy topped with almonds. They may not be the wrapped candy you’re used to, but they are the one your diet approves of! Just make sure you don’t eat the entire batch in one sitting, as this recipe makes a ton and you’ll need your Thanksgiving fat pants to engage in such a challenge.
How to make Homemade almond joys
This Almond Joy Bar is so simple to make! I recommend having a food processor or blender handy to chop up the coconut shred into a finer texture. While that’s totally optional I feel it really adds a little extra enjoyment to these candies.
I also highly recommend using parchment paper under these bars in the pan as they cool. It makes cleanup a breeze! I like buying mine in bulk from Costco. 😉 A couple quick layers of chocolate and coconut are chilled and then cut up & ready to enjoy!
Are Almond Joys healthy?
These almond joys contain fewer calories, lower sugar and lower carb count than the store bought candies. You can make them even healthier by excluding the optional powdered sugar, they taste great with and without it! Use whatever type of chocolate chips you’d like- dark chocolate has less sugar, so I feel it’s a better choice. I used semi-sweet in the recipe below.
They definitely can be! By simply making sure that your chocolate chips are dairy free (like Enjoy Life brand) you can have a dairy free treat that you love. Swap out the honey for agave and you have a vegan candy too!
Ingredients for Homemade Almond Joy Bars
-1 cup Coconut Oil
-2 cups shredded Sweetened Coconut
-2 TBSP honey
-12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1/3 cup sliced almonds
-3/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
In a bowl, warm the coconut oil just until it becomes a liquid. This takes about 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
Optionally, pulse your coconut for a few seconds in a blender to become a finer texture.
Mix the shredded coconut and the honey into the liquid coconut oil, combining well. If you aren’t concerned about making this a healthier treat, then add in the 3/4 cup powdered sugar. It adds a nice sweetness and texture to the coconut layer. I had it without though and thought it tasted great!
Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and then freeze or refrigerate until solid.
Heat the chocolate chips in microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until they’re completely melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the coconut spreading it evenly. Top with the sliced almonds.
Refrigerate the pan for the chocolate to set. Cut it into 1 inch squares and then store them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Skinny Homemade Almond Joy Bars
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 2 tbsp honey
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
- Warm coconut oil just until it becomes liquid. (It takes about 20-30 seconds in the microwave.)
- Pulse the shredded coconut a few times in a blender, just to make it a finer texture. (This step is optional, but I liked the results.)
- Mix the shredded coconut and honey into the coconut oil, stirring well.
- **If you aren't concerned about making this a healthier treat, then add in the 3/4 cup powdered sugar. It adds a nice sweetness and texture to the coconut layer. I had it without though and thought it tasted great!
- Pour mixture into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and freeze or refrigerate until solid.
- Heat chocolate chips in microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. Pour over coconut spreading evenly. Top with sliced almonds.
- Refrigerate for chocolate to set. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Candy tastes best cool, but not cold. When it's cool/ room temp, the inside coconut layer is softer and just melts in your mouth!
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Are Almond Joys Gluten Free?
Yes! There is no gluten in this recipe making them perfect for those on diets where gluten is restricted. If you’re avoiding gluten due to an allergy, keep a watchful eye for possible cross-contamination.
Can You Freeze Homemade Almond Joys?
Absolutely! I recommend cutting them into serving sized pieces and then storing them in an airtight container. Lay a piece of wax paper between each layer to prevent sticking. Then you can grab and go when you need a sweet fix.
How Long Do Homemade Almond Joys Last?
Homemade almond joys can last up to 2 weeks and still taste great so long as you keep them properly stored. This should give you plenty of time to enjoy them all to yourself or pass them out to friends and family.
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