No Bake Almond Joy Bars
These homemade almond joys are just the thing you need if you love coconut, without the added sugar rush! Who doesn’t need a little extra coconut in their life? These easy Almond Joys are only sweetened with nature-made sugars instead of added sugar. The hardest part of making these is melting the chocolate!
Read on to see my own Almond Joy creation, and let me know if you try it out!
Pin this image for later!
This post contains affiliate links. You can read more here.
The Sugar-Free Ingredients Behind these Homemade Almond Joys
I stumbled across some homemade almond joys from a family member last Christmas, and I was in love! So I decided to look up a recipe to try my own homemade Almond Joys, and I wasn’t a big fan of the ingredients. It was added sugar central!
I didn’t want this to be some recipe that I make once and then regret eating a ton of it later, so I came up with a healthier version! This recipe consists of natural sweeteners instead of added sugar. And I didn’t have to add that much, considering how sweet the chocolate and coconut already is.
I knew the almonds, chocolate and shredded coconut would be a no-brainer for my ingredient list. But the choice of bonding agents is what made this recipe a little tricky. I wanted something sweet and natural, without the boatload of processed sugar.
Natural Sweeteners are the Best Sweeteners!
When I say natural sweetener, I mean a sweetener that was literally made by nature (source). Great examples of this are honey, maple syrup, and agave. Our bodies are better equipped to handle sugars that are nature-made, rather than artificial sweeteners that were made in a factory.
For this particular recipe, honey seemed like the best option because it’s sticky, and won’t overpower the taste of chocolate and coconut. But I also wanted the inside to have a creamy effect too, so I thought “Why not try coconut cream?”
The coconut cream would not only add a malleable, creamy texture, but enhance the flavor of the shredded coconut. With the sweetness of the honey and the texture of the coconut cream, what couldn’t be better?
My No-Bake Homemade Almond Joy Recipe
You will need:
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4-1/2 cup raw organic honey
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 3 cups (or one standard-sized bag) dark chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
Some things you might need for this recipe:
Let’s Get Started!
- Start by toasting your almonds in the oven. This is completely optional, but good for adding flavor. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the almonds on a baking tray.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until desired color is achieved. Allow them to cool completely.
- Combine your shredded coconut and coconut cream in a bowl.
- Add the 1/4 cup honey and mix evenly. You can add more honey depending on the level of stickiness and taste you want. I ended up adding somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup.
- Line a small baking tray with foil or parchment paper, and scoop the coconut mixture onto the tray.
- Flatten the mixture until it’s about half an inch thick, and form into a rectangle shape.
- Take your cooled almonds and press them evenly apart into the coconut mixture. You want to place the almonds with the shape of your bars in mind.
- Pop the tray into the freezer to chill for half an hour to an hour, so the mixture will be nice and bonded.
- Remove the tray from the freezer and cut your coconut mixture however you like. You can cut them into small individual almond squares, or you can cut them like a traditional Almond Joy bar like I did.
- Gradually melt down your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-second intervals. Line another baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set next to the chocolate to make your dipping station.
- Use a fork or spoon to gently drizzle the chocolate over the top of your bars until they are covered just how you like it. You can go with a light drizzle, or completely cover them. It’s up to you!
- Pop your bars in the freezer for another hour or until the chocolate hardens.
- Take out the bars and flip them over to cover the underside with as much or as little chocolate as you like. Put back in the freezer to harden.
- Allow the bars to get back to room temperature a bit before breaking them up, and enjoy!
Make a Little Joy with Your Homemade Almond Joys!
Voila! You’ve just made yourself a guilt-free treat. They came out a little on the messy side in the picture above, but I actually like it that way. It makes these treats look more organic and genuine, instead of it being made in a factory.
Be careful when you leave them out, these things disappear fast! These little treats are great as a gift, party favor, or girl’s night in! My homemade almond joys are now my latest guilty pleasure, and they taste far better than the store-bought ones. Plus, I can eat them without that dreaded sugar rush feeling.
Sometimes, the most enjoyable foods can have the simplest of recipes if you look at it differently. I personally think that just about any unhealthy dessert has its healthier counterpart. It helps a lot so that you don’t feel like you’re restricting yourself! So give yourself a break and make your favorite treat.
Have you ever tried homemade Almond Joys? What’s your favorite treat to make yourself? Let me know in the comments below!
Related to Homemade Almond Joys:
- Ridiculously Easy and Healthy Guacamole Recipe that Will Blow Your Mind
- The Ultimate Superfood Salad with Nuts, Quinoa, and Homemade Dressing
- Mouth-Watering Granola with Yogurt and Berries
- Super Fast and Easy Fish Taco Recipe You Must Try Tonight!
- 3 Life-Changing Homemade Salad Dressings to Jazz Up Your Diet
- 30 Easy Lunch Ideas to Pack Instead of a Sandwich
- Easy and Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe for People Who Don’t Like to Bake
Sugar-Free Almond Joys Recipe