Almond Joy Bars

February 8, 2015

 

When transitioning to a clean eating diet, candy is far from the greatest choice. That doesn’t mean that I don’t crave sweets, and I do. I have found that there are a lot of ways to enjoy some of your favorite treats without all of the unwanted ingredients. When I was little, every year on Valentine’s Day, my dad used to leave a little heart shaped box of chocolates in the morning before work for each of us. The only thing I really cared about in my box was the piece with the coconut in it. When you combine dark chocolate and gooey sweet coconut, it is perfection.

So maybe this year, you keep the box of chocolates but swap out a healthier version. I have found that when I eat sweet treats with real ingredients, the sugar crash doesn’t seem to get me. Also, I feel much more satisfied. So go ahead and indulge yourself this Valentine’s Day! Try these with or without the almonds because remember, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!

 

 

Clean Eating Almond Joy Bars
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the Center
  1. 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  2. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  3. 3 -4 T 100 % pure maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
  4. 3 T unrefined coconut oil, melted
For the Coating
  1. 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  2. 2/3 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 T 100% pure maple syrup
  5. Dash of seal salt
  6. 1 raw almond for each candy
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut, coconut oil, maple, and vanilla in food processor for about 30-45 seconds.
  2. Form small oblong balls with the mixture and place on parchment paper lined plate.
  3. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes to set.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla, salt and maple syrup.
  5. Once coconut pieces have set, dip and coat with chocolate and place back on parchment paper. Press one almond into the top of each piece.
  6. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then you are ready to enjoy!
Notes
  1. Since coconut oil hardens in the cold, let these sit out for a few minutes before eating to give some time to soften a bit.
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5 Comments

  • Reply Dawn March 2, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Hi, really like this recipe, but I was wondering did you use un-sweetened coconut?

    • Reply Lorie March 2, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Hi Dawn! I used unsweetened coconut. Great question!

  • Reply Alli March 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I just tried this recipe, the coconut filling was delicious but the chocolate was not >_<

    • Reply Lorie March 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Alli! You can also use refined coconut oil as it has less of a flavor. If not, melt dark chocolate chips to coat. The chocolate is one of the best parts so no one wants that to ruin it!

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