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Homemade Almond Joy Bars

This easy Homemade Almond Joy Bar recipe have all the chocolate and coconut goodness of your favorite candy--no bake and ready in no time. Perfect for parties, a treat at home or for that special someone to share! Easily made with condensed milk or without for a vegan variation.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


For the Center (Regular Version):

  • 2 ½ c shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • c sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Center (Vegan Version)

  • 2 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 -4 T maple syrup (If you use sweetened coconut, skip this!) depending on desired sweetness
  • 3 T coconut oil melted

For the Coating

  • 1 ½ c dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk will work too, dairy free for vegan.)
  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • approx. 18 whole almonds


For Regular Version:

  • Combine coconut, vanilla and condensed milk in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. If the mixture seems dry, you can add another tablespoon of condensed milk if desired. (You can freeze for about 10-20 minutes for ease of rolling into balls.)
  • Roll into tight balls or logs and place on parchment. Freeze once again for about 10-20 minutes.

For Vegan Version:

  • Combine coconut, coconut oil, maple, and vanilla in food processor for about 30-45 seconds.
  • Form small oblong balls with the mixture and place on parchment paper lined plate.
  • Freeze for 10-15 minutes to set.

Chocolate Coating (Both Versions):

  • Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil and mix well together.
  • Once coconut pieces have set, dip and coat with chocolate and place back on parchment paper. Press one almond into the top of each piece.
  • Refrigerate to set and enjoy!


  • Do not over heat the chocolate chips when melting. If you cook it too long, it will become dry and very hard to work with. Instead, when almost all of the chocolate chips are melted, just keep stirring instead of heating further. This will melt the rest.
  • I have recently seen vegan coconut milk condensed milk on the market. I have not tested them out, but they have really great reviews. Will give these homemade almond joy bars with this soon!
  • The original Almond Joy bars have the almond coated in the chocolate as well. I find the almond on top has a better look and prefer it there. If you want the almond coated in chocolate as well, you can press the almond into the coconut pieces when you form them.
  • Shape the bars into balls for more of a truffle shape if desired.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg