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Almond Joyous Bars (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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Almond-Joyous-Bars-mainAlmond Joyous bars are one of my favorites… OK, so I say that a lot.  I can’t help it.  I love them all!  If I didn’t like them, I wouldn’t be posting them.  But seriously, I grew up loving Almond Joy candy bars and these taste just like them.

The mouth-watering chocolate, sweet coconut and crisp whole almonds—all packed into one INDESCRIBABLY DELICIOUS bar.  And to think, it took Hersey’s all of the following ingredients to create the Almond Joy: corn syrup, milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate), milk, lactose, milk fat, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, PGPR, coconut, sugar, almond roasted in sunflower oil, palm kernel & oil, cocoa, milk, salt, hydrolyzed milk protein, AND odium metabisulfite.

And it took me… dates, coconut oil, coconut, almonds and chocolate.  I think they hired the wrong recipe developer.

To create a nice compact bar, I used my faithful sushi press.  I bought it specifically for creating raw bars because you can press them much firmer than you can by hand.  This causes the bars to be dense and holds together really well.  This is completely an optional technique, but I do suggest that you entertain getting one in time.  I use it a lot in my bar recipes.

I hope you enjoy this simple, yet DELIOUS recipe. Blessings, amie sue  P.S. I first shared this recipe on 12/02/10 but since I made them for some gifts today, I thought I would update the photos and bump it to the top of the list… so sad how many of the old recipes get lost in the shuffle and forgotten about. hehe Poor, poor recipes. :)

Ingredients:

yields roughly 12-14 bars

  • 3/4 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed coconut oil, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups dried shredded coconut
  • 36 raw almonds, soaked and dehydrated (for topping)
  • Hardening chocolate for coating

Preparation:

  1. In the food processor outfitted with the “S” blade, process the date paste, coconut oil, and shredded coconut till it reaches a paste-like texture.
  2. To form equal and compact portions, I used my sushi press, which I bought sticky for making bars with.
    • Place 1/2 cup of batter into the press and create a firm bar.
    • Divide the one bar into 3 equal-sized pieces.
    • Press 2 almonds on the top.
    • Alternatively, you can shape the bars by hand.
  3. Prepare the hardening chocolate and dip each pieces until it is fully coated.
  4. Place on parchment paper while it firms up
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.

Almond-Joyous-Bars-44Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F).  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).

Substitutions:

One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage.  Daily I get questions regarding substitutions.  Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe.    I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family.  I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.

So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item.  Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient.   Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself.   So have fun, don’t be afraid,  and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.

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3 thoughts on “Almond Joyous Bars (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. Kim says:

    Are the almonds just for garnish, or did you add them to the dough?

  2. Kim says:

    These were absolutely divine. Everybody at the party I went to last night thought so, too. They were raving about them. And I can’t believe how easy they were! The only change I made was to add some almond extract. Also, I dehydrated them for a short time. Don’t think they really needed it though, so I think I’ll try them without it next time – and there will definitely be a next time very soon :) On another note, I tried using a food processor first, but it didn’t do a very good job. I think the oil just made the dates skate around on the blade. So I put them in my blender and that did the trick. These are definitely one of my very favorite cookies. I’m like you and can never get enough coconut! Thanks for all your great recipes.

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