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Vegan Almond Joys

It’s Friday…

(Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday)

Just like the crispy corner edges of brownies tend to be overlooked

for the moist, inside squares;

so are Almond Joy candy bars

for the more chewy, caramelly and texture-induced

candies.

Thank goodness that I love the corner pieces and Almond Joys!

Why?

That means more for me.

The fact that Almond Joys get a bad rap bums me out.

Why the hate towards the loveliest of candies, friends?

Coconut.

Chocolate.

Almonds.

It’s the trifecta of bliss, really.

My mouth is literally watering as I look at this picture.

(Mind you, I have a whole batch in the other room but I’m too lazy to get up.

I prefer to adore them from afar for now).

So throw your coconut-loving friends a bone here

and make them some of these this Halloween!

They will love you for it.

Money back guaranteed.

Almond Joy Recipe

Makes approx. 15ish bars

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut + a dash on non dairy milk (optional)
  • 15 almonds
  • vegan chocolate (to be melted)
  • candy mold

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend your coconut for a good 5 minutes until almost smooth. Add a dash of non-dairy milk to help it along if needed.
  2. Roll blended coconut into small balls, place on wax paper and freeze for 15 minutes. *8(see note if you are not using a mold)

     3. Flatten balls out once out of the freezer.

4. Coat mold with a thin layer of chocolate. Place almond in it’s spot; then place flatten coconut on top. Cover the remainder with   chocolate. Freeze 10 minutes and then remove from mold.

**Note: IF YOU ARE NOT USING A MOLD: instead of rolling coconut into balls, form into approx 2 in rectangles with your hands. Place an almond on top–press down gently to secure and freeze 20 minutes.  Carefully dip into bowl of melted chocolate, coating each side with a spoon. Place on parchment paper and freeze until set (10 min).

To me, these are like the Klondike Bar.

I would do anything for them,

(((kinda like how Meatloaf would do anything for love)))

Would I…

Act like a monkey?

Actually watch the movie, “Bucky Larson”?

Wax my facial hair?

Tap dance on the corner of the street dressed as a bumble bee?

You betcha.

53 Comments Post a comment
  1. petit4chocolatier #

    I love this recipe! Love almond joys : )

    November 17, 2012
  2. nikki #

    what kind of blender do you have? or did you use a food processor? and how soft should the mixture be when it’s ready to be shaped? was it still crumbly/flaky at all? how much “milk” would you consider a “dash”?

    man, sorry for so many questions for such an easy-looking recipe! 😛

    i tried blending these with a regular blender and had to continually scrape the sides – like every two or three seconds. i added a dash of soymilk then a little more and then a little more. scrape-blend-scrape-blend-repeat. 😦 i gave up after a bit and just formed them the best i could. i only ended up with six tiny “patties”, though.

    i’m sure they’ll still be good… but HEEEELP! 😉

    November 2, 2011
    • Hi Nikki! Sorry for the vague instructions 😦 I don’t have a fancy blender, in fact I just used my Cuisinart “bullet” style blender. But yes, what you experienced was supposed to happen. It takes a long time to blend until it becomes smooth. Like, 5 minutes-ish in addition to the scrape-blend-scrape-add a little milk (like 1 tsp at a time)-blend, etc process you familiarized yourself with 🙂 I wouldn’t sweat it really because as long as you form a patty, you are a-ok. You don’t want it too crumbly/flaky so add a little more milk to make smooth if needed. It’s just the name of the game with coconut. Right when it feels like nothing will ever happen, it happens. ha. Does this help at all??? Let me know! I know how frustrating this kind of stuff can be…. xo, Cara

      November 2, 2011
      • nikki #

        thanks, cara. 🙂 i would generally be fine with the scrape-blend-scrape process, but since the coconut is so fine… and there’s such a small amount… and since my regular blender is the typical “cone” shape… it was a long reach trying to stick a spatula down inside and frustrating trying to scrape it out from around and underneath the blades! aaack! lol.

        they still came out good (even if only half the amount i was hoping for), but i really think i need a different kind of blender! or maybe i should have just kept adding more and more milk. i *might* have been a little paranoid about it turning into coconut *mush* instead of joy. 😉

        November 8, 2011
        • Eeek! That sounds like too much work for such little payoff. I’m glad they were still edible but it sounds like you have a new item to put on your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa list! 🙂 hehe xo

          November 8, 2011
  3. Mira #

    I mean, seriously? YOUR BLOG IS AMAZING!

    October 26, 2011
    • Wow, Mira–thank you so much for thinking so! That is super kind of you–and it put a smile on my face 🙂 <–like this!

      October 26, 2011
    • Wow, Mira–thank you so much for thinking so! That is super kind of you–and it put a smile on my face 🙂 <–like this!

      October 26, 2011
  4. Holy shmoly. I was just thinking about chocolate+almonds after reading your latest post. And sure enough I venture over here and see these. Incredible!

    October 22, 2011
    • Uh-oh, you are already daydreaming. That is a dangerous sign… Must. Start. Up. Company. Now.

      October 22, 2011
  5. Savannah #

    You are evil aren’t you? Pure evil. Coconut & chocolate… *faints from weakness looking at picture* And a recipe! Did you have to, oh thank you, but my hips – they don’t lie – they won’t be able to move soon! Gah! Yum! Love! Thank you! Diessss!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2011
    • I am merely doing the Lord’s work Savannah. Some call me a blessing; others, evil 🙂 Your hips might not lie but they WILL thank me later. hehe. You are welcome. xoxo

      October 22, 2011
  6. I’m pulling for you! I had to put mine away into the freezer so I wouldn’t see them on the counter and think that I am supposed to eat them immediately. Have fun this weekend!!! YAY.

    October 21, 2011
  7. your almond joys are on my halloween list.. this weekend is going to be very busy.. and hopefully i will not eat all of them! Thanks for the recipe!!

    October 21, 2011
  8. Robin Parmer #

    These are really good!!!

    October 21, 2011
    • And this girl speaks from experience folks! (*not a paid sponsor*) ha. Thanks for the backup Robin. xo

      October 21, 2011
  9. Oh how I miss Almond Joys! These look wonderful and I can’t wait to make them 🙂

    October 21, 2011
    • Miss them no more, Nicole! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      October 21, 2011
  10. Laurel #

    My favorite. I make some version of these every year. This year I’m doing yours because all that powdered sugar is G-R-O-S-S. Besides, I have to say this. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Mounds bars rule!

    October 21, 2011
    • Them fighting words, Laurel. We have a lot of opinionated Nut lovers over here that might have to arm wrestle you for that last claim 🙂

      October 21, 2011
      • Laurel #

        Yes and their name is Al. He’s 6’5″ and weighs 350 lbs. because he’s bigger boned than anyone you’ve ever seen. So yeah, I make both. Although they melt in your mouth much better without the Nut!

        October 22, 2011
  11. What are you doing to me with all this candy? Must. have. chocolate. And this dang office doesn’t even have a vending machine. I feel a crisis coming on….

    October 21, 2011
    • haha! I’m trying to make you all suffer alongside of me. If I’m eating all of this candy, so are all of you 🙂 Come on over! I have plenty of leftovers!!! xo

      October 21, 2011
  12. Almond Joy’s were one of my absolute favorite candy bars growing up, and I didn’t even like chocolate until I was older. These look fantastic!

    October 21, 2011
    • Mine too! Then again, the more I think about it, the more I realize that ALL candy bars were really my favorite 🙂 hehe. Thank you Luciana!

      October 21, 2011
  13. Who? Who gave almond joys a bad rap? Another confectionary beauty from you!

    October 21, 2011
    • People! That’s who. You want names…? Let’s get ’em!

      October 21, 2011
  14. youuuuu are my herooooo! these are amazing. as are you. kudos m’dear!

    October 21, 2011
    • No! I refuse to accept that as YOU are MY hero!!!! But thank you 🙂

      October 21, 2011
  15. yeah, almond joys are totally rad – I completely agree with you. I always feel like a nut!

    October 21, 2011
    • That’s why I like you, Amey!

      October 21, 2011
  16. i’ve run out of words to describe the wonderment you leave me in with every new candy. someday, i’m going to make all of these. and then i’m going to topple over in a blissed out, fatty coma.

    October 21, 2011
    • You just described my week: a blissed out, fatty coma 🙂 haha. I could not have said it any better!

      October 21, 2011
  17. Ok, another favorite candy bar of mine – a childhood favorite! I’ve made these before but never thought to blend the coconut! You’re just too smart for me. And you’re making me realize I really need to invest in a candy mold.. ughhhhh

    PS – I will start vegan/gluten free baking once MoFo is over, loooooove!

    October 21, 2011
    • I never thought I’d say this, but I cannot wait until MoFo is over (just so I can benefit from your gluten free/vegan baking recipes!) Woohooo!!!! YAY!!! Yiippppppeeeeee!! (Can’t you tell I’m super excited?!!) And yes you should buy candy molds. I’m telling you, they will make your life easier!

      October 21, 2011
  18. I found your blog through MoFo (holla!) and have subsequently been trying to avoid it since my theme has been “cleanse”. I had to come to your site today to tell you that I nominated you for a Leibster award on my blog and you had to go and tempt me with Almond Joys- the horror!
    P.S. AJs always got a bad wrap in my house b/c they weren’t dark chocolate.

    October 21, 2011
    • Haha–Holla to you Abby 🙂 How about this–you keep up with the cleanse and once MoFo ends, come back here to eat candy. I will keep up with all the insanity I’m calling Halloween candy and once MoFo ends, I’m coming to your site to cleanse 🙂 I was seriously thinking about that this week how I am going to need a big sugar detox! ha. Thank you for the award–WOW! I’m coming over to get it…

      October 21, 2011
      • I love “meeting” fab MoFo-ers!

        October 21, 2011
        • This is my very first MoFo Abby–and I couldn’t agree with you more!

          October 21, 2011
  19. Dude. I’d wax my facial hair into a handlebar moustache for these things. I LOVE Almond Joys!! I like Mounds, but I almost always feel like a nut. Other times I feel like a morning star…

    October 21, 2011
    • Okay, seriously, don’t say stuff like that when my mouth is full of coffee. I nearly spit it out over my computer… HAHAHA

      October 21, 2011
      • Somebody really aught to make a screen guard for moustache joke spit…

        October 21, 2011
  20. Oh man, I *always* feel like a nut. I could never understand why people would go for Mounds when there were Almond Joys available…

    I’m going to a party tomorrow where I was asked if I’d like to bring a pie, but what I really want to bring are some of these chocolates!

    October 21, 2011
    • Chances are, everyone will be disappointed because it’s not a pie so just think of how MANY will be left for you!!! And I’m with about choosing Mounds over Almond Joy–I will eat anything if it has almonds in it. Almonds make everything taste better 🙂

      October 21, 2011
      • You make an excellent argument for taking chocolates to the party!

        October 21, 2011
        • I should have been a lawyer, really. Or a saleswoman…

          October 21, 2011
  21. Yum – these are my favorite. You’ll bring them to Halloween dinner at my house, right?

    October 21, 2011
    • I’m just loading the entire truck up with every candy I’ve made, how about that? 🙂 You have the oatmeal ready?

      October 21, 2011
  22. ALMOND JOYS! I can still remember the way they taste. I miss them so much. Thank you for this recipe! The coconut, the almonds, the dark chocolate…….Mmmm!

    October 21, 2011
    • I think you are on the verge of singing a Meatloaf song with me, aren’t you Amanda? 🙂

      October 21, 2011
  23. Those look amazing!

    October 21, 2011
    • Wait until you eat them JoJo…and thank you 🙂

      October 21, 2011

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