“Almond Joy” Bars {Revised} (sugar free with allergy options)

Got a sweet tooth but trying to eat healthier? These No Bake Dessert Low Carb “Almond Joy” Bars are soooo good - even non healthy eaters love them. Every time I make them they are gone lickety split and they're full of healthful ingredients like coconut oil, nut or seed butters, and more. These bars are sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free, autoimmune protocol/AIP friendly, and more!
I just love easy to make treats like my chocolate avocado truffles, these no bake chocolate mint bars, my silky bean fudge,  chocolate chia pudding, and homemade JELLO®.  But this recipe for Almond Joy® Bars has got to be one of our all time favorites.

This recipe is one of the first healthy desserts that I made after starting on my sugar-free diet a few years ago and it’s been one of our favorites.  I’ve shared it with sugar-free folks and non SFF (:-)) alike and everyone has loved it.

In fact, I just dropped a batch off to my best friend in celebration of her baby’s baptism.

My original post on Healthy Almond Joy Bars was just after I started blogging, and it was pretty good as it was.  But thanks to a reader’s alterations to my recipe and another update of my own, I think it now pretty amazing.

And a great healthy chocolate recipe for us chocolate and sugar loving folks!

If you need to watch your caffeine and stimulants intake, just substitute carob for the chocolate, or use half and half.  These taste great that way too.

These taste great freshly made, but we love to keep them in the fridge or freezer to keep their shape and they do not travel well in warm weather.  You could make them with cocoa butter instead of coconut oil so they will hold up better in warmer temps.

Unlike the store bought bar candy, these bars are made with all whole food ingredients and since they are a bar variety, they are easier to whip up than molded candies.

A real plus for busy folks like me.

Stevia Usage Tips:

This recipe calls for stevia (though you can use an alternative sweetener if you like).

I use these stainless steel mini measuring spoons for all my stevia extract uses.  The 2nd smallest scoop is 1/32 of a teaspoon (which equals 1 scoop).

These spoons are a MUST if you bake with stevia. Very helpful.
Mini Stainless Measuring Spoons

Whether you are:

  • looking for healthy chocolate candies
  • wanting to make home made candy
  • looking for a way to get healthy coconut oil into your diet

this is the recipe for you.  Let me know what you think!

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Got a sweet tooth but trying to eat healthier? These No Bake Dessert Low Carb “Almond Joy” Bars are soooo good - even non healthy eaters love them. Every time I make them they are gone lickety split and they're full of healthful ingredients like coconut oil, nut or seed butters, and more. These bars are sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free, autoimmune protocol/AIP friendly, and more!

What You Will Need

You will need the following things to make this recipe:

Notes and Tips:

1.  Make sure to read my tips on Substituting Sweeteners for Cooking and Baking.  You can use whatever you have on hand!

2.  If using stevia, all extract powders are not created equal.  I have used KAL in the past.  NuNaturals is my current favorite, but I will be trying SweetLeaf soon.  You can find NuNaturals at a better price on Iherb, one of my favorite places for supplements and health products. Their liquid stevia drops are wonderful and like NuNaturals, their processing technique is chemical free which I like.

3.  Stevia extract is SUPER sweet.  1 scoop equals 1/32 tsp.  The scoop comes in the package.  So a little goes a loooooong way.

4.   Some have asked about the multiple sweeteners in the recipe. I do this to make a more natural tasting end product plus to minimize any adverse health effects that might turn up from using any one of these alternative sweeteners. You can read more in this post on Stevia – What it Is and How to Use It.

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"Almond Joy" Bars {Revised} (sugar free with allergy options)
 
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts - Cookies & Bars, Candy
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
These No-Bake "Almond Joy" Bars are one of our fave recipes. They easy to make, freeze well & are loaded with coconut oil & other healthy ingredients.
Ingredients
Chocolate / Carob Base:
Coconut Topping:
Instructions
Base:
  1. Melt oil and nut / seed butter over low heat.
  2. Stir in carob (sifted if you like, but I have never bothered with this) and granulated sweetener and combine thoroughly.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients except for vanilla. Continuously stir until it slightly thickens, then remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan and place in freezer to harden while you make the topping. If you don't have room in your freezer, the fridge will get it solid enough to work with.
Topping:
  1. Melt oil in small pan and add coconut flakes. Stir.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer and stir until it thickens a bit.
  3. Once the chocolate is hardened, gently smooth the coconut mixture on top.
  4. Place slivered or whole almonds on top. Place bars back in the freezer until hardened. Again, the fridge will work, but it will take longer.
  5. Slice into squares of desired size and enjoy! They'll probably be too hard to cut right out of the freezer so you may need to let them thaw a bit first.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.

Other Healthy Sweet Treats

Do you have a candy or dessert recipe that needs a makeover?

I can’t promise success (my recent attempt at healthy tootsie rolls was a total flop), but I have taste testers willing to try :-)!

Photo Credit: Naomi Huzovicova

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  1. Rosemarie Sandvik says:

    Just came cross your site its just amazing.Glad I found your site.Always healthy option is perfect. Can’t wait to try these Almond joys. Thank Xx

  2. Sherry Wood says:

    I do not see the recipe for almond joy bars.

    • Hi Sherry,

      Can you tell me what you mean, please? The recipe is in the post. If you can’t see it can you tell me if you are on mobile or desktop and what you are seeing? Thanks!

  3. Sherry Wood says:

    Thank you found the recipe for almond joy bars. I love coconut oil and healthy recipes I Also have MS.so I am hoping kenetics helps me.

  4. Where might I find the nutritional info for this recipe?

    • Hi Danna. Thanks for reading!

      I would recommend plugging the ingredients into a nutritional info site. Typically I have so many alternatives that I don’t post that information but I am considering it. Thanks!

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