Homemade Almond JoysOriginally published on June, 6th 2019. Last updated on November 16th, 2020 Skip to Recipe
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 of 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 is 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 fully 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 before, if you want them to be fully vegan, feel free to substitute out the honey for maple syrup. 😍
Every day 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.
Almond Joy Base
- 2 1/3 Cups of Almonds
- 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
- Add all of the base ingredients to a food processor except for 1/3 cup of almonds (they will be used to place on top) and blend until sticky.
- Using a clean tablespoon, scoop the dough for the base onto a pan with parchment paper. Space equally.
- Place into fridge or freezer while you make the chocolate topping.
- In a clean food processor, add all of the ingredients for the chocolate topping.
- Blend until ingredients are nice and smooth. Make sure to take a sample to ensure the chocolate is sweet enough or you should add more honey/maple syrup.
- Remove the base from the freezer and add the chocolate topping to the top.
- Add an almond on top of the chocolate top.
- They are ready to eat! If you want to take them to work or a party, I'd recommend putting them into your freezer to set. Once frozen, you can place them into a container to go!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 34 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 10.4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8.7mgCarbohydrates: 9.8gSugar: 6.5gProtein: 2.1g
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