No-Bake Almond Joy Bars (Vegan, Paleo)

Sometimes you feel like a nut.

no-bake almond joy bars

And that’s when you should reach for one of these almond joy bars. They have all the flavors of the popular candy bar you love, including almond, coconut, and chocolate, but unlike their processed counterparts, they are naturally-sweetened and loaded with fiber and healthy fats.

These bars were inspired by my No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars, but this variation features an almond flavored “cookie” crust made with almond flour and a dash of almond extract, and is then topped with a quick coconut filling. The result is an easy and delicious bar, without the effort that would go into recreating an actual chocolate-covered candy bar.

They store well in the freezer, too, so you can always have a healthier chocolate treat on hand when your sweet tooth strikes!

No-Bake Almond Joy Bars (Vegan)
Makes 15 bars

Adapted from No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup almond meal
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
Pinch of salt

Coconut Filling:
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I use this brand)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon water

Chocolate Topping:
1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup (at room temperature)

Directions:

Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. To prepare the crust, combine the almond meal, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract, and salt in a medium bowl, and stir well until a sticky dough is formed. Press it evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, and set aside.

To prepare the coconut filling, combine all of the filling ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well. Spread the coconut mixture over the crust, then use a spatula to smooth the top. Set aside.

making no-bake almond joy bars in a loaf pan

To prepare the chocolate topping, combine all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl and use a whisk to create a silky smooth chocolate sauce. (If any of your ingredients are cold, this sauce will firm up. If that happens, simply place the bowl in a warm area or in a hot water bath briefly to liquify the ingredients again.) Pour the chocolate sauce over the top of the coconut layer and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan in the freezer to set until firm, about one to two hours.

Pull on the parchment paper to easily remove the solid bar from the pan, then slice into bars and serve directly from the freezer. These bars will soften fairly quickly if left at room temperature, so it’s important to keep them chilled until ready to serve.

no-bake almond joy bars

These bars should store well in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

4.77 from 13 votes
No-Bake Almond Joy Bars (Vegan, Paleo)
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

An easy chocolate coconut layer bar with a delectable almond flavored cookie crust.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond joy bars, no bake almond joy bars
Servings: 15
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
Coconut Filling:
Chocolate Topping:
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (at room temperature)
Instructions
  1. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. To prepare the crust, combine the almond meal, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract, and salt in a medium bowl, and stir well until a sticky dough is formed. Press it evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, and set aside.
  2. To prepare the coconut filling, combine all of the filling ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well. Spread the coconut mixture over the crust, then use a spatula to smooth the top. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the chocolate topping, combine all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl and use a whisk to create a silky smooth chocolate sauce. (If any of your ingredients are cold, this sauce will firm up. If that happens, simply place the bowl in a warm area or in a hot water bath briefly to liquify the ingredients again.) Pour the chocolate sauce over the top of the coconut layer and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan in the freezer to set until firm, about one to two hours.
  4. Pull on the parchment paper to easily remove the solid bar from the pan, then slice into bars and serve directly from the freezer. These bars will soften fairly quickly if left at room temperature, so it's important to keep them chilled until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Mari

I just made these tonight as a healthier Easter treat for my paleo boyfriend- they came out great but I had one tiny screw-up: my coconut filling was your typical shredded pieces, and my coconut oil was thin, so it was not dense (it was mostly just seasoned coated coconut. When I poured the liquidy chocolate sauce onto, it didn’t form a third layer, it kind of sank into the coconut. I was a bit disappointed, but it’s mostly cosmetic! Has anyone else had this issue? Your filling looks very dense and creamy… how do you achieve that consistency? I’m thinking next time I might try pressing the filling more firmly into the crust. Thoughts?

Claire at Stuffed Sweet Potato Monday

These are great! Made them for my gluten-free brother. I’m vegan so it’s hard to find meals and desserts that please the whole family. Will definitely go back to these.

I added a little ground flax to the almond meal crust. I was hoping that would help it stick together even more, and add a little darker color for contrast. Next time I’ll double the chocolate on top. 🙂

Thanks for the great recipe.

Britt

Made these bars, with just a couple minor changes. I didnt have any almond extract and i added a splash of vanilla extract to the coconut layer. They were absolutely delicious!! My kids loved them and said I should definitely make them again. I love that theyre wholesome and super yummy. Thanks! I will be back your site for more recipes for sure!!

Barbara Colemanhttps

I’m trying to find the recipe for paleo bounty bars. I saw it but cannot find it. Please send it to me. Thanks. Barbara Coleman

Val

My friend made these a few times and has graciously given me a “sample” a few times… haha! These are crazy delicious; I’m going to try to make them myself now. :))

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