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ALMOND JOY Dessert Bars!

Hey my Darlings! How are ya?

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on the Fundraiser Auction I participated it!  It was such a great experience and it gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment afterwards! You guys are SWEETER THAN SUGAR (and so much healthier too)!!

Oh, and the treats I should healthify — how about the Chocolate Covered Pretzels, the Peanut Butter Cupcakes (with the little bears on top), and PERHAPS something else? 😉 Red Velvet Cookies with Beets perhaps? 😉

Do you like Almond Joys?  I remember eating Almond Joys when I was a little girl; but since they are NOT the healthiest treat, I don’t want to eat them.

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Here’s the Almond Joy’s Ingredient List:

Just by looking at an Almond Joy, you would think it would have a short ingredient list, like Chocolate, Shredded Coconut, and Almonds!  But apparently, they are just SUGAR, SUGAR, and TRANS FATS!

With an Ingredient list like this, I don’t want to eat them. Nevertheless, I still enjoy their flavor.

Therefore, I use them “in” my recipes. 🙂 For me, Almond Joys are one of the candy bars that inspire me and my recipes. My Almond Joy Pizzert Babies and My Almond Joy OIAJ are just a couple examples!

AND NOW they have inspired something else —

Something absolutely SPECTACULAR!

Almond Joy Dessert Bars!

Hehe, even though these are called “Dessert Bars,” I would totally eat these for Breakfast! 😉

Almond Joy Dessert Bars

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Notes: Dive into this lovely with a side of Banana Ice Cream! You can use Raisins or even Carob Chips in place of the Chocolate Chips. If you want a real Almondy experience, try adding 1/2 tsp Almond Extract. 🙂 If you don’t have any coconut oil, try some canola oil. Vegan, No Sugar Added, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Soy Free, and of course HEALTHY!

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe mashed banana
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2  Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (see note)

These are slightly sweet, but if you like desserts sweeter, simply use agave in place of part of the almond milk.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a  13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine oil, banana, almond milk, and maple syrup.

Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Stir in coconut, sliced almonds, cinnamon, and chocolate chips.

Immediately pour mixture into prepared baking pan (you want to put it in the oven as soon as possible since the baking soda and the baking powder were activated when you mixed them with the wet).

Bake about 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove pan from oven and let mixture cool in pan. Cut into 15 bars.

I like to store the cooled bars in the refrigerator or freezer. The counter top can work, too. 🙂

Best part —

Grab a fork and DIG IN! 😀

But, hands are just as acceptable. 😉

Stay tuned for my Vegetarian Cooking Class!

Which Chocolate/Candy Bars are  you favorite? Almond Joys and Reese’s for me! 😀

Do they inspire your recipes? Haha, I seem to really like Almond Joys and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Like my Blissful Reese’s Pizzert Babies, my Reese’s Nut Butter, and many others!


88 thoughts on “ALMOND JOY Dessert Bars!

  1. WOW KAT!!

    I love almond JOYS!! AND it sucks since I can’t have chocolate but I’m totally going to either put carob powder in this recipe or somethin but I’m gonna play with it so that I CAN HAVE IT!!

    It looks GORGEOUS! GAHH! I love you!! 🙂

    1. Have you made those Carob Chips yet? They would be perfect in this! 😀

      I’m SO sad! I ran out of my Carob Powder earlier this week. 😦 No worries, I’ll get some more soon. 🙂

  2. That ingredient list is disgusting!! Why does there need to be so much sugar??
    I am LOVING your version!! You always make the best recipes 😀

  3. Awesome recipe!!!!! 😀
    My favorite candy bars are reeses and three musketeers…..oh and peppermint patties!! 😀 I like to make a “peppermint patty” smoothie with cooca powder and mint extract! sooo good! hahahaha
    can’t wait for the post about the cooking class!

  4. I’ve actually never had an almond joy before. :/ But yours sound so much better than theirs anyways (that ingredient list really isn’t appealing at all). And I definitely love how some of your absolutely delicious recipes are inspired by candy, especially reeses- yum! 😀

  5. Yum! I want to make these! I made an Almond Joy type dessert today too! Can’t wait to post it.
    I actually never liked coconut candy when I was little. Maybe because it was loaded with sugar and other nasty stuff it took away the joy of the actual coconut!


  6. mmm…I just love me some Metabisulfite. hahahah! I don’t think I ever really liked Almond Joys, I’m not a big coconut person. Your bars look good though!

    I loved Reese’s – pb and chocolate are the best combo ever!


  7. Don’t you think that almond extract has a maraschino cherry flavor? My whole family thinks so.

  8. Kat, you need to stop making my “need to try” recipes list expand! It’s getting ridiculous! Why are you so good at making delicious treats?!!

  9. I absolutely love the idea of transforming a candy bar with icky (albeit delicious) ingredients into a healthy snack with wholesome ingredients! Just let me know when you can make a healthy Reese’s! 🙂

  10. OMG that ingredient list is awful!!! How can a company justify putting all those artificial ingredients in a product!?!

    Well your bars look 150% better than theirs….I love no sugar added baking! Thanks for the yummy substitute!

    1. Thanks Kaila! 🙂 Yah, I was shocked when I saw the ingredient list. Though I must admit, I’m not surprised. All of those artificial ingredients get people addicted to the bars, so the company makes it money. :/

  11. Oh wow these look good, I guess your Almond Joys are like our british bountys yum 🙂
    in your response to the pumpkin not being available in the UK i have no idea, we only ever get pumpkins at halloween 😦 and we dont have tinned pumpkin or anything like that. 😦

  12. Ah, you’re the best! I can’t wait to try these. Almond Joys are very near to this girl’s heart. 🙂

  13. Yum!! You always come up with great desserts!!
    All of your your baked goods are so healthy, I was just wondering are the savory foods you eat as healthy as your baked goods? I would love to see a post about your normal day to day meals. Just a thought, don’t get me wrong though, I love seeing the desserts and baked goods!!

    Oh and I love Twix 🙂

    1. I would say yes, the savory stuff I eat is MOST DEFINITELY healthy!:D I am planninga normal day in my life kind of postsooner or later! I just have to take the pictures. 🙂

  14. You’ve done it again!! 🙂
    Kathleen these look amazing! I
    I was never a fan of Almond Joys (I always gave them to my mom), I did like Reese’s!

  15. Almond joys are SERIOUSLY one of my favorite candies EVER. Thank you SO much for making them healthy for me!! I totally just had a mini one the other day and was thinking man if only they had these in a healthier version. Your the best girl 🙂

  16. I just made these and wanted to thank you so much for the recipe! You’ve really inspired me to cut my sugar intake – your recipes are the first I’ve made using no added sugar and I’ve been amazed by the results when just relying on bananas, etc. Thank you so much, every recipe I’ve tried has been delicious but also made me feel better about what I’m eating. (And I’ve trained my tastebuds to be satisfied with less sugar!)


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