Homemade Almond Joy Bars (with allergy and sugar free options)

Healthy Desserts Almond Joy Candy Recipe

NOTE: This recipe has been updated to be better than ever.  Please hop on over to Homemade Almond Joy Bars – Revised (dairy free with sugar free option) to see the “new and improved” recipe.

Got a craving for something sweet and chocolatey?  Do you love candy bars but wish that they were just a bit healthier?

We have some pretty intense sweet tooths in my family.  Especially, that is, my kids and I do :-).

However, we have been attempting to be a sugar free family for quite awhile (some of us more sugar free than others), but Almond Joy bars are one of those things that really tug at my husband’s heart.  (Anything gummy does as well, like Dots, Ju Jubes, Skittles, but I haven’t attempted substitutes for those yet!)  And, we avoid processed foods as much as possible.

So, here is a delicious and healthy alternative for us and for you!

I suppose that many of you have read of the wonderful benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet.  Well, here is a great way to get more of it into your diet.

As with all of my recipes, it is adaptable for any number of special diets.  Feel free to play around with the sweeteners, oils and nut or seed butters.  They all work great!

The base of this dessert is the same as my Homemade Chocolate or Carob Bar, and then it is topped with a coconut oil / coconut topping and whole or sliced almonds.

So, without further ado–

 

You may also wish to check out my store for great deals on coconut oil!

Do you have a favorite candy recipe that you can share?

Shared at Real Food Wednesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Mouth Watering Mondays, Monday Mania, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Bake with Bizzy, Life as Mom, and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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  1. I’ve made something similar to this, but with choc on top. cannot wait to invert and try your recipe!
    Blessings!
    LIB
    http://bit.ly/gjDQOS

    • Hi there!
      I stopped over and checked out your blog. I have never been a professional cook, but we share some things in common for sure…I really enjoyed it.
      Let me know how the bars turn out!

  2. Yum! I can only imagine how tasty these are… I’ve definitely bookmarked this recipe to try when I have a chocolate craving but don’t feel like eating overly processed stuff…

  3. I LOVE this recipe – and used it (with a link back to you, frind!) here:
    http://bit.ly/gHb7e0
    Blessings1
    LIB
    http://bit.ly/gHb7e0

    • Hi Liberty. Thanks for stopping by again! I see you think your version is better :-) I might just have to make them again and try it with your alterations! My kiddos will certainly be happy!

  4. Looks wonderful.

    I want to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY on my blog:

    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

    “Made it on Monday”

    You can link up every Wed.-Sat. :)

    hope to see some of your recipes soon.

  5. These look so tasty! I’m now following you on Facebook and would love for you to stop by my blog sometime and follow me, as well! These would be perfect to link up with my So Sweet Sundays party, going on until tonight! :)

  6. Yum! Almond joy and mounds are my favorite candy bar. This looks like a great recipe to try! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Oh yum! What great flavors. I love that you give options for sweetener etc. Thanks for participating in the bar challenge. I’ll be highlighting it this week.

    • Thanks for the encouragement about the sweeteners. I really struggle with that since I am off sugar and have to use alternatives. It is touch because I am also a real foodie and some of what I need to use isn’t “real food” sweeteners. Ah well — it is what I have to deal with!

  8. I made these bars Friday to have on hand for a weekend treat – my guys were a little skeptical but there isn’t much left in the pan here on Sunday afternoon !! Great recipe – a keeper for sure ;-) Just recently found your blog and am anxious to try more of your recipes, these bars were a ‘sweet’ start ;-) Thanks for sharing!!

  9. My husband would love these just for the coconut. Me I would love them for everything.

  10. I cant wait to try this recipe.. Especially knowing there healthy for you!!! I wanted to know if th letter “T” on the recipe stood for Tblsps? I will let you know when I make them.. Thanks so much for sharing:)

  11. Love love love these! I just wish I could get an approximate nutritional breakdown on them. I know it varies, but I used ideal sugar substitute and honey, because I didnt have the liquid sugar sub. I also used cornstarch, being gluten free I knew that was safe. Using unsweetened low fat shredded coconut also helps to keep the calories down too. Just wondering if you knew?

    • I am sorry, Melissa – I have never done a nutritional breakdown on any of my recipes. From what I understand it is pricey to get that done, but I haven’t looked into it. I am curious about ideal and low fat coconut. I have never heard of either.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Low fat coconut? Coconut is a Healthy Fat. Just like avocados, olive oil, etc… Forget the low-fat-fad & just eat real food. A world renouned heart surgeon just had an interview on 60 minutes not long back where he admitted (& since Dr. Weil & others also have) that low fat is EXTREMELY detrimental to our health, and not beneficial at all.

    Melissa, if you’re only eating Real Whole Foods, recognizable by Mother Nature, & no artificial / processed ingredients, you simply will not need to count calories. No one in history has ever counted calories until modern times. Your body will do what it knows how to do, & you will be healthy. Just like our ancestors.

    Adrienne, these look amazing :)

    • Thanks, Jennifer! I so hope you enjoy them!!! Real food is very important. Hard to get it into our heads, but most stuff folks eat just isn’t really food. I was duped too.