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Homemade Coconut Almond Candy Bars

by Deliciously Organic on October 29, 2011

My kids are getting really excited for Halloween! Of course, they get to dress up and run around the neighborhood with friends, but what they’re most excited about is trading in their candy. We aren’t fans of all of the processed candy they receive, so our kids get to trade in 4 pieces for extra reading time at night. They’re still young, so staying up an extra 15 minutes at night is a huge deal.  Sometimes they trade it in for extra time on the computer during the weekends. It keeps mom and dad sane and the kids happy, so it works for our family.

I like to have a piece of candy occasionally, and making some of our favorite candy bars at home isn’t difficult. The kids have fun helping, too. This recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and without all the preservatives and unhealthy ingredients, you can enjoy them guilt-free!

Homemade Coconut Almond Joy Candy Bars

Serving Size: Makes about 12 candy bars

Homemade Coconut Almond Joy Candy Bars

Ingredients

Instructions

Place coconut and maple syrup in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes, until coconut is very moist and clumps together when squeezed between your fingers. Place a cooling rack on top of a large baking sheet. Using your hands, take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture and form it into an oval. Place on the cooling rack. Repeat with remaining coconut. Place an almond on top of each coconut mound. Whisk together the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Using a large spoon, spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate over each coconut/almond mound. Refrigerate for 10 minutes until firm. Serve. (These keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days.)

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Pam October 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

These look yummy! I was just experimenting with this and used honey. I will have to try it with maple syrup.

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Karen Heartbeat October 30, 2011 at 3:46 am

I have just made these and they are delicious! I used the maple syrup I had left over from my last trip to Canada, hazelnuts instead of almonds ( will use almonds next time as more alkaline) and my dairy free, gluten free Kinneton chocolate I have just discovered in my local Supermarket. Thankyou for the lovely recipe. They will be coming out again at Christmas definitely! :)

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Katrina October 30, 2011 at 5:02 am

That’s the craziest/most wonderful idea ever! Who knew kids would trade candy for extra reading time?! I’m not a mom, of course, but I really like this plan you have. Wonderful candy bars!

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living October 30, 2011 at 6:09 am

These homemade Almond Joy candy bars look great! I just posted a recipe for Almond Joy macaroons, so clearly I love the coconut/almond/chocolate combination. I will have to make these soon =).

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Jennifer @ Raisin Questions October 30, 2011 at 6:54 am

Wow, what an amazing recipe! The flavors are carried through in every ingredient, and it is so simple! That is the way all candy bars should be made. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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Marcy October 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Fantastic — am definitely going to have to try these.

Does the chocolate seep under to coat the bottoms? Or do you coat the bottoms after the tops have dried?

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Deliciously Organic November 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

The chocolate seeps around the edges, but I didn’t coat the bottoms. If you want the bottoms coated, then I’d put the bars in the fridge to chill and then use some tongs to dip the bottoms in the melted chocolate.

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Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic October 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Carrie! You are a *genius*.

PS. just got a stovetop espresso maker for my birthday … ♥ it!
xx

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I didn’t realize how easy it is to make these. I am so excited to give them a try!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I love finding alternative ways to enjoy my favorite candy bars and this looks amazing!

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Mistie October 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Yeah, like they’re even going to last the 4 days.. Thanks for the most delicious freaking candybar on the planet. Almond Joys are among my top 5 and now I can eat them guilt free!! How can I make them last a little longer so I can make them for Christmas plates for friends and neighbors? Thanks again! (I’m sure I’ll gain an extra 10 pounds this pregnancy)

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VADEPAN October 31, 2011 at 5:17 am

Great, easy and yummy recipe!!!!

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Jen October 31, 2011 at 5:34 am

Ok, these are amazing! This is my first recipe from your site, after hearing how great your cookbook is and then these, I will be making a cookbook purchase. Cant’ wait!
These candybars are so awesome, so easy to make and with ingredients I almost always have in the pantry! YEAH!

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the urban baker October 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I make this candy, alot. I like your version and am going to try it. Happy Halloween!

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Brooke @ Food Woolf October 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Really? Making candy is that easy? Boy, you really are going to get me trouble with all these really wonderful (and healthy) recipes. :)

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Cathrine October 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Made these yesterday and today I have the kids begging for more in front of the fridge. I’ll use these to trade in some of the processed candy they’ll get tonight trick or treating:-)

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Lucy Lean October 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Loved our poolside chat about mid-week media – Minty’s on Today Show Monday and Rémy doing The Chew Friday!!! Not to mention Evan’s Good Food radio show in between… x

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Becky @ Becky's Place November 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Yum! These look like a great gift idea for my father who loves coconut, nuts and chocolate. Perfect, thanks!

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Georgia Pellegrini November 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I love this idea. I am particularly obsessed with coconut oil right now.

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Connie November 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

So few ingredients – love it! I’ll be making these for Christmas!

Thanks!

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MikeVFMK November 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Carrie, with treats like these you don’t need Halloween! I think it’s great that your girls will choose to read as a trade-in (precious!) or grab some extra cpu time. I can’t wait to make my own candy bars like these. Delicous!

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Divya Yadava November 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

These look so decadent and delicious! It’s nice to see a healthier version of the recipe for once that’s easy to recreate at home. No more candy bars for me! :)

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troy havener November 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

These looks amazing! I think I will make them for a special treat during the upcoming Holidays!

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Alicia December 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

These are amazing, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Your website is fantastic. I have tried a handful of your recipes. Each time I am thoroughly pleased. Well done!

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Mariana February 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

These are amazing! Love your website!

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Leslie March 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

These look amazing, really! I have a thing for Almond Joys! I found you on Pinterest. :)
Blessings,
Leslie

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Deliciously Organic March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

Thanks! I’m glad you found me! ;)

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

This looks so perfect. I love Almond Joy too but I never eat them because, uh, yeah they’re not the healthiest thing out there Thank you so much for this!

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{leah} October 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

These look great!! {and I think I even have all the ingredients so I can make them with out running to the store!}

With our candy that we get for Halloween so it not all consumed…. we do science experiments with them. the boys love watching what happens when we put different candies into different things. Like skittles into boiling water, and some into cold water and some in vinegar. We have frozen things in ice cube trays covered in water to see if the color will run. This is really fun to do and they keep asking to do more. It’s just another way to remove the candy from the house with out seeming like a fun sucker :)

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Jack October 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

maybe in YOUR refrigerator!

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Deliciously Organic October 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

Ha! :)

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Marsha October 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I can’t wait to make these! Who knew that something so delicious could be so easy! Thank you!

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Kristin October 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Brilliant! I’ll make the almond-free version since one of my daughters is allergic. Oh, yum…

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Kristin October 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

What brand of chocolate do you recommend?

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Deliciously Organic October 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

I prefer a dark chocolate from Green and Blacks, Equal Exchange, or Trader Joe’s. I like these organic chocolates because they don’t contain soy, and also taste great.

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Deepa October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Is this fresh coconut? What brand do you buy?

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Deliciously Organic October 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

I used dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut. Here is the exact brand I used: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YR7A9Q?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B002YR7A9Q&tag=deliciorgani-20

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Debbie October 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I just bought these bars from the store this week. I am happy now I can eat a healthier version. Thanks.

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Heather October 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Do you think these would freeze well?

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Deliciously Organic October 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

I haven’t tried it, but I think they would freeze well.

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Libby November 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I have tried a similar recipe and they freeze exceptionally well.

I’m definitely making these, yum.

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Lena McDonald October 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Everyone loved them…….. Thanks for sharing and now I am passing it on so others can enjoy!!

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Jeanne October 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Just made the Mounds version. I NEEDED these. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

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Joshua @ SlimPalate November 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

This recipe is genius! These look way to good to pass up. I cant wait to try these.

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Christi February 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Made these tonight! SO delicious and simple. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

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Charity February 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I made these today as a Valentine’s Day present for my husband. They taste really amazing….only thing is, my coconut/maple syrup mixture didn’t hold together nearly as well as your pictures make it look. I even added more syrup, and they still didn’t shape nicely. Any ideas for fixing that?

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Deliciously Organic February 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hmm…I’m not really sure what happened. Maybe the coconut wasn’t finely shredded? I could see that if it was coarsely shredded that they might not stick together.

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Charity February 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hmmm…that was probably it. My food processor sucks.

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Spacemo February 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Made these for a Girls’ Night Out and they were a big hit! Delicious!

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PJ November 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Which kind of dark chocolate?: Baking (Bakers)? Sweetened/Unsweetened?
Thank you.

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Deliciously Organic November 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

Semisweet or Bittersweet works well. I prefer a chocolate without any soy such as Trader Joe’s or Equal Exchange.

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De Ann Sharkey December 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Just a quick question….why would they only last 4 days? Thank you :) I am wanting to mail these as a gift and it may take that long to get there.

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Deliciously Organic December 30, 2013 at 5:10 am

The chocolate might start to break down a bit, but for mailing, even if it came a bit soft I think they’d still enjoy it! :)

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Dawn February 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi! I plan on making these before Valentine’s day but do not yet have a food processor. Can I use a blender instead? Also, which processor do you suggest or like? I’m on a strict budget. Thank you!!!

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