“Almond Joy” Bars {Revised} ~ low carb, vegan, AIP

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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!
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 Healthy 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.

These Healthy Almond Joy Bars are 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 Healthy Almond Joy Bars recipe is 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 for Healthy Almond Joy Bars

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.

These No-Bake Almond Joy Bars are AMAZING! They're easy to make, freeze well & are loaded with healthy ingredients. Low-carb, paleo, & AIP.

No Bake Healthy Almond Joy Bars! (low-carb, vegan, gluten-free, AIP)

These No-Bake Healthy Almond Joy® Bars are one of our fave recipes. They easy to make, freeze well & are loaded with coconut oil & other healthy ingredients.


    Chocolate / Carob Base

    Coconut Topping



      1. Melt oil and nut / seed butter over low heat.
      2. Stir in cocoa/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.


      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.


      6 reviews

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      Photo Credit: Naomi Huzovicova

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        Speak Your Mind


      1. D'Lya Parsons says:

        I liked the recipe, however I used swerve as my sweetener and it is SO sweet!!! Going to halve the recommendations next time. I also had a problem with the coconut topping falling apart. But they’re good ?

      2. Julianne Reynolds says:

        Is your recipe for the topping missing some more liquid like coconut milk? When you just have oil and coconut there is nothing left in there to simmer. The texture of the topping is very dry, not like your photo as another person commented. Other recipes I’ve found have more liquid or something else added. What I made didn’t look like your photo at all so after putting it in the freezer I poured some coconut milk on top and put it back in the freezer. We will see how it turns out.

        • Hi there. Can you tell me the sites where you have seen other similar recipes? I have seen 1 that actually had less coconut oil than mine. Coconut oil will simmer when it gets heated. I know that sometimes when I make this I feel the topping is too thick and other times it works out great. I am not sure what happened. I would think your bars will have very solid frozen coconut milk that isn’t mixed in but I hope that they work. Let me know….

      3. The base layer turned out fine but the top layer did not look at all like the picture. Once I added the vanilla the coconut lost it’s pure white color. The oil did not thicken and I tried X-gum and gluccie both. Simmering it resulted in a toasting the coconut so I quit trying to thicken and simply added it to the base and drizzled the melted oil on top. It harden in the freezer but is not all uniform and while like pictured.

        • Hi there. Sorry you weren’t happy w/ the results. Mine doesn’t thicken that much. In fact sometimes it’s pretty messy. I might have to work on it more but I heat mine on a low temp so it doesn’t toast. If it does, it’s still yummy or even moreso. I go for taste more than appearance. But I understand wanting a nice looking treat. Hope you enjoyed it regardless.

      4. These “almond joy” treats are now my favorite low carb treat. Have now made it twice and I absolutely love it. Thank you

      5. How long does the base take to harden in the freezer? Thanks!

      6. Do you have the Nutrition facts? How much carbs?

        • I’m not sure if you already got a response – I responded earlier but I don’t see my response now. I don’t have this available but am looking at it. It’s complicated since I give so many alternatives. For now I would recommend inputting the ingredients that you use into an online calculator. I am not confident in the accuracy of the ones I have found for my blog. Thanks!

      7. holly jade says:

        these look so yummy! need to give these a go!
        Love Holly Jade at http://www.thelittleblogofvegan.com

        • Hello Holly. Sorry for not responding sooner – I’ve been so swamped and am trying to catch up. I hope you tried these and liked them. I just popped over to your blog – it’s lovely.

          Take care and hope to see you around again!

      8. 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!

      9. 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.

      10. 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!

      11. 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