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October, 29th 2017

Homemade Almond Joys

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Homemade Almond Joys are chocolaty, coconut-y, and completely refined sugar-free! My inspiration for making these homemade almond joys was a small raw vegan cafe in Southern California that I frequently visited. I literally could never get enough, so I had to try and make my own. I would go into the shop almost daily to get my fix, but after a couple years they started modifying the recipe. The restaurant stopped adding as much chocolate to the top, and my chocolate loving self just couldn’t handle it! It’s such a silly story but all true folks! So, I put matters into my own hands and started doing a little recipe testing! Don’t worry, I didn’t leave the chocolate out! 😉

After I perfected the recipe, I make these Homemade Almonds Joys on the regular. Whenever I bring these babies to parties, everyone goes crazy for them!  If you are going to a party and need a hit that’s also easy to make, vegan – no refined sugar added recipe – look no further! I promise you, no one will be disappointed!

Joy at the Source

I know I mentioned the wonderful chocolate on top, but let me tell you, the base of the almond joys are just as decadent. I give myself a day or two head start to sprout some organic almonds. Sprouting the almonds releases the unnecessary acids and activates the nutrients stored up in those delicious little seeds. Once sprouted, I then take the almonds, dates and coconut, place them in the food processor and make amazing little balls of joy! With sprouted almonds, you taste a more intense hit of almond flavor. That more intense almond flavor plays kindly with the chocolate on top.

Cherry (I mean Chocolate) on Top

I go for the most chocolate on top of these! I’m a huge chocolate-aholic so the more the merrier in my book. I make the chocolate by combining cacao powder, honey, and coconut oil to give it a smooth gooey texture and sweet taste. If you are following a full vegan diet, feel free to substitute the honey for some maple syrup. I always justify a little more chocolate on top because you get some nutrients from the cacao! After combined, I put a little drop on the top of the almond balls. I then place a whole almond on top.

Homemade Almond Joys are great for any holiday, party, birthday, event or just because. I’ll be honest, in the community this is the recipe I am known for the most. These balls of joy can be made easily, they taste delicious, and they can be devoured in one small bite!

I also love that the Almond Joys don’t leave you feeling a sugar-hang-over! They are just the perfect size & filled with good for your ingredients, such as almonds, cacao, & healthy fats! Like I mentioned be fore, if you want them to be fully vegan, feel free to substitute out the honey for maple syrup. 😍

Everyday is a good Homemade Almond Joy Day

With the summer right around the corner, these are perfect to make since you don’t have to turn on your oven, they are completely no-bake!. However, I guarantee you, they can be enjoyed at any time of the year!  I keep them cool in the fridge or a freezer, as they are very sensitive to temperature. If you are like me and love taking them to the beach, I’d recommend that you pack them in a cooler.


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prep time
30 minutes
cook time
15 minutes
total time
45 minutes
yield
34 Almond Joys
What You Will Need
  • Tablespoon
  • Food Processor
Ingredients

Almond Joy Base:

  • 2 Cups almonds (plus 1/3 cup of almonds to top with)
  •  18-22 organic pitted dates
  •  2 Cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  •  1 Pinch vanilla bean powder or extract
  •  2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  •  1 Pinch pink sea salt

Chocolate Topping:

  •  1/2 Cup coconut oil
  •  1/2 Cup raw cacao powder
  •  1/4 Cup raw honey 
Instructions
  1. add all the base ingredients to food processor

    add all the almond joy base ingredients to the food processor.
  2. blend until sticky.

    blend the ingredients until the cookie dough is nice and sticky.
  3. scoop.

    take a clean tablespoon and scoop the dough out onto a pan with parchment paper. place into fridge or freezer while you make the chocolate goo.
  4. make chocolate goo.

    in a clean food processor put all the ingredients listed for your chocolate goo. blend until nice and smooth. make sure to taste to see if you want more chocolate or sweet if you want more sweet add more honey.
  5. add chocolate goo to cookies.

    take your cookies out of the freezer and add the chocolate goo on top – you can go crazy here for nicely just put a glop on each one. you may have extras of the chocolate goo (first world problems) eat with extra almonds or freeze for freezer chocolate. 😀
  6. add your almond to top.

    add your extra almond to top each one. easy peasy lemon squeezy!
    they are ready to eat now BUT if you want to take them to work or a party i recommend putting them into your freezer to set. Once frozen put into a container to go. ENJOY!

 

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