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, so I'm so excited to share an easy, homemade recipe for them today.
If you too love Almond Joys, then I know I'll die over these decadent, yet healthy Homemade Vegan Almond Joys Recipe!
What Are Almond Joys?
If you've never tried an Almond Joy, you need ot make this recipe!
Almond Joys were one of my favorite candy bars growing up.
I would always eat through my Almond Joys on Halloween quicker than any other candy bar.
Almond Joys are a candy bar that have a creamy, coconut filling with a whole almond on top.
Then the coconut and almond are coated in milk chocolate to make a candy bar.
Ingredients You'll Need 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:
- Shredded, unsweetened coconut
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
Are Almond Joys Vegan?
Even though Almond Joys are coconut flavored, they still contain dairy in them, meaning the 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!
Start by lining a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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. 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.
How to Store Homemade Candy Bars
These homemade almond joys should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
If you choose to freeze these vegan almond joys, be sure to remove them from the freezer about ½ hour before serving.
Made with whole food ingredients, these Homemade Vegan Almond Joys are a healthy spin on my favorite childhood candy. They require only four ingredients and they're dairy-free too!
- 2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil + 1 teaspoon, divided
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 20 almonds
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set it aside.
- In a food processor, process the shredded coconut, 6 tablespoons of coconut oil and maple syrup until combined. You want the shredded coconut to be broken down into little bits. This will take about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of your food processor when necessary.
- 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, 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!
Amount Per Serving Calories 152Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.