These homemade almond joy bars are made with just 5 simple ingredients and taste just like the real deal. They’re dairy-free, gluten-free, super easy to make and are sure to satisfy your candy craving!
Halloween is almost here and you know what that means… it’s time for a delicious candy bar remake! I’ve shared my version of Reese’s peanut butter cups, Twix bars, Snickers bars with these snickers stuffed dates and now these easy, homemade Almond Joy bars!
This homemade version is the perfect alternative to make for Halloween this year when you’re craving something sweet, but are trying to avoid store-bought candy.
This recipe is seriously so easy to make! All you need are 5 simple ingredients and a little patience while the bars chill in the freezer (that’s the hardest part, IMO!) and you’ll have a delicious bite-size treat that tastes just like the real deal minus the refined sugars or artificial ingredients.
Almond Joys have always been one of my favorite candy bars, along with Twix, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Snickers… I’m all about chocolate candies if you couldn’t tell! The only problem with all the store-bought candy is that they’re made with lots of not-so-good-for-you ingredients. For instance, Almond Joy bars are loaded with corn syrup (the first ingredient!), white sugar, vegetable oil, soy lecithin, pgpr (what even is this?!) and hydrolyzed milk protein. No thank you!
That’s where this homemade Almond Joy bars recipe comes in. This recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce like shredded coconut, sweetened condensed coconut milk, almond and chocolate chips. Plus, it’s gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and vegan. It made me feel good knowing exactly what ingredients are going into the sweet treats that I’m eating!
Make coconut mixture: Combine coconut and condensed milk in a large bowl.
Make bars: Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet, forming into rectangles. Place one almond at the center of each bar.
Chill: Place baking tray in the freezer for the bites to harden for at least 2 hours.
Melt chocolate: Once bars have hardened, place chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and microwave in 15-second increments, stirring between each time, until the chocolate is fully melted.
Coat bars: Once the chocolate has melted, use a fork to dip each bar into the chocolate until fully coated.
Freeze: Place the bars back onto the parchment paper and into the freezer to let the chocolate harden for at least 1 hour. Once chocolate has set, it’s time to enjoy!
I recommend storing these bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. I like these glass storage containers or my Stasher bags for storing. They should last up at least a week in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer… but they don’t usually last long around here! I recommend letting them sit for 5 minutes after taking them out of the freezer so they’re aren’t too hard.
Be sure to check out the full collection of dessert recipes on EBF!