With a sweet coconut filling and a dark chocolate exterior, these 5 ingredient Homemade Vegan Almond Joys are going to be your go-to dessert!
I'm so excited to share the recipe for these Homemade Vegan Almond Joys with you all!
I made these homemade almond joys for the first time last Friday and have made them three times since then!
My friends have only given rave reviews for these 5 ingredient Almond Joys.
Unlike traditional Almond Joys, this homemade recipe uses wholesome ingredients and are dairy-free!
Almond Joys were always one of my favorite candies growing up. I would always eat through my Almond Joys on Halloween quicker than any other candy bar.
So I'm so excited to share an easy, homemade recipe for them today.
If you love Almond Joys, then I know I'll die over these decadent, yet healthy Homemade Vegan Almond Joys Recipe!
What Are Almond Joys?
Almond Joys are a candy bar that have a creamy, coconut filling, coated in chocolate to make a candy bar and topped with a whole almond.
The Almond Joy was first introduced in 1946 by Peter Paul.
If you've never tried an Almond Joy, you need to make this recipe!
Ingredients for Homemade Vegan Almond Joys
Did I mention this recipe for Homemade Almond Joys only requires 5 ingredients?!
If you bake, I bet you already have quite a few, if not all, of these ingredients on hand.
To make these Homemade Almond Joys, you'll need the following ingredients:
Are Almond Joys Vegan?
Even though Almond Joys are coconut flavored, they still contain dairy in them, meaning they are not vegan.
If you read the ingredient list for an Almond Joy candy bar you'll find the following ingredients:
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Coconut, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil, Shea Oil, Sunflower Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, and/or Safflower Oil), Almonds, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Contains 2% or Less of Lactose (Milk), Cocoa, Whey (Milk), Salt, Lecithin (Soy), Milk Fat, PGPR, Cocoa Butter, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Sodium Metabisulfite (to Maintain Freshness), Vanillin (Artificial Flavor).
As you can see, there is skim milk, why and hydrolyzed milk protein in an Almond Joy bar.
Are Almond Joys Candy Bars Made with Dark Chocolate?
Traditional Almond Joy candy bars are coated in milk chocolate.
So, no! Almond Joys are not made with dark chocolate.
However, if you are like me and avoid dairy and love dark chocolate, don't worry!
Instead of buying Almond Joys at the store, make this homemade almond joy recipe!
Not only is this homemade recipe for almond joys dairy-free, but the chocolate coating is made with dark chocolate for a decadent, wholesome dessert!
How to Make Homemade Almond Joys
These Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars really couldn't be easier to make.
Let me walk you through how to make them!
STEP 1: Start by lining a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.
STEP 2: In a food processor, process the shredded coconut, coconut oil and maple syrup until combined, scraping down the sides of the food processor as necessary. You want the shredded coconut to be broken down into little bits, which could take about 3-5 minutes.
STEP 3: Form the coconut mixture into 20 almond joy shaped rectangles and place them on the wax paper lined baking sheet. Press an almond into the center of each rectangle. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes for the coconut mixture to harden.
STEP 4: Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl or with a double boiler.
STEP 5: After 15 minutes, coat each almond joy in the melted chocolate. Shake or scrape off excess chocolate before returning the chocolate coated almond joys to the wax paper. If possible, try to keep the uncoated almond joys in the freezer as you work. Once you have coated all the almond joys in chocolate, let the chocolate harden in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
These homemade almond joys should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Pro Tip: If you choose to freeze these vegan almond joys, be sure to remove them from the freezer about ½ hour before serving.
For an extra-decadent treat, pair these almond joys with my top-rated homemade vegan ice cream!
Homemade Vegan Almond Joys Recipe
- Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set it aside.
- Form the coconut mixture into 20 almond joy shaped rectangles and place them on your lined baking sheet. Press an almond into the center of each rectangle, reforming the shape if necessary, and then place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes for the coconut mixture to harden.
- Melt the chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl or with a double boiler. After 15 minutes, coat each almond joy in the melted chocolate. Do this by using a fork, and shaking off excess chocolate before returning the chocolate-coated almond joys to the wax paper. If possible, try to keep the uncoated almond joys in the freezer as you work. Once you have coated all the almond joys in chocolate, let the chocolate harden in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Store the hardened almond joys in an airtight container in the fridge!