While I am not much of a candy or chocolate person in general, I can appreciate the amazing flavor combination that is known as an Almond Joy. Really, unless you don’t like coconut, how could you not like Almond Joy? In my opinion, it’s the perfect marriage of tropical and decadent rolled into one. Win/win as far as I am concerned.
In some not so shocking news, Almond Joy’s are not what most would consider healthy. Delicious? Completely. Healthy? Eh, not so much. The good news is that I have a healthier, raw version of the classic candy bar that will be sure to please any Almond Joy lover without too much guilt.
Go ahead, whip up a batch and enjoy.
- 1 cup raw almonds (whole)
- 12 pitted dates
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut + 1 cup to roll finished bites in
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 Tbsp. coconut nectar or 100% pure maple syrup
- ***Chocolate Drizzle:***
- ¼ cup organic baking cocoa powder
- ¼ cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 2-3 Tbsp. 100% pure maple syrup
- Add all of the ingredients for the bites to a food processor.
- Process until ingredients form a sticky dough (some pieces of almond will be visible, which is okay, so don’t over process).
- Lay out a piece of parchment paper to set your finished bites on, and fill a shallow dish with 1 cup of the shredded coconut to roll the bites in.
- When finished processing, roll the dough with your hands into 1.5 inch balls and place into the shallow dish of coconut, rolling to evenly coat. Place finished bite on the parchment parchment paper.
- In a microwave safe dish, melt ¼ cup of coconut oil until it is in liquid form.
- Add in ¼ cup baking cocoa, and 2-3 Tbsp. of 100% pure maple syrup. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
- Place chocolate mixture into a piping bag, or use a ziplock bag, cutting a very small slit in the bottom corner to create a piping bag.
- Pipe the chocolate mixture in a zig-zag pattern over the top of each bite, then place bites in the fridge to allow chocolate to harden.
- Store finished bites in refrigerator until ready to serve.