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You can make Homemade Almond Joy bars in 15 minutes with just 5 everyday ingredients and, I promise, they taste even better than the original!

Remember that Almond Joy commercial from the ’80s?: “Sometimes you feel like a nut… Sometimes you don’t… Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mound’s don’t…” (Weird Al Yankovic wrote the jingle – who knew?)

Homemade-Almond-Joy stacked

When it comes to candy and cookies, I always ‘feel like a nut,’ so Almond Joy bars were a favorite candy of mine growing up. I hadn’t had one in years and instead of a trip to the grocery store I headed to the kitchen and came up with these homemade Almond Joy bars. 

This is a copycat Almond Joy recipe, but it’s a big improvement on what you buy in the grocery store. For one thing, there’s the ingredient list. See the Almond Joy ingredient label below:


Compare it to: coconut, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, almonds, dark chocolate and salt (optional).

Homemade-Almond-Joy-Ingredients flat lay

Making these is as simple as melting a few ingredients and some stirring and sprinkling.

A 12-cup mini muffin tray works perfectly and it’s fun for kids of all ages (ahem) to cram the coconut mixture into the mini muffin liners. Oh, and if you don’t ‘feel like a nut,’ skip the almonds and voilà!, homemade Mounds bars.

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How to Make Homemade Almond Joy

1. Cook and stir coconut oil and honey over low heat until melted. Stir in vanilla and pour over shredded coconut. Stir to coat coconut evenly.

Pouring Coconut Oil and Honey into Shredded Coconut

2. Spoon coconut mixture into mini muffin pan liners, compressing firmly with the back of a spoon.

Filling Mini Muffin Liners with Shredded Coconut Mixture

3. Top each candy with a toasted almond.

Placing Almond on Homemade Almond Joy

4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or glass bowl set over simmering water, stirring until smooth. Spoon chocolate equally over each candy.

Melting Chocolate over simmering water
Spooning Melted Chocolate over Homemade Almond Joy

5. Sprinkle each candy with flaky sea salt. (Optional) Refrigerate until firm then enjoy!

Sprinkling Sea Salt over Homemade Almond Joy

Homemade Almond Joy

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Calories: 182
Servings: 12 candies
These homemade Almond Joy bars are SO much better than what you’ll buy in the grocery store. They’re also simple to make with just a handful of ingredients. Special Equipment: You’ll need a 12-cup mini muffin pan and liners.


  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut 100 grams
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil or other coconut oil that is solid at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 12 toasted almonds
  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate broken into small pieces (I used Theo 85%)
  • sea salt flakes such as Maldon (optional)


  • Line 12-cup mini muffin pan with liners. Set aside.
  • Add shredded coconut to a medium bowl.
  • To a saucepan over low heat add coconut oil and honey; cook and stir just until coconut oil has melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over flaked coconut and stir until thoroughly coated.
  • Spoon coconut mixture evenly into prepared pan, pressing firmly to compress. Continue to stir mixture throughout the process to keep oil distributed. Top each candy with a toasted almond.
  • Place chocolate in a double boiler or glass bowl over simmering water; stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon melted chocolate over each candy, gently spreading to the edges with back of spoon. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until chocolate and coconut mixture are firm. If desired, lightly sprinkle the top of each bite with flaky sea salt. Serve. 


Store candies in the refrigerator in an airtight container. 


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Rosanne Robinson says:

    Oh my goodness they look & sound super yummy, thx so much for sharing the recipe!

    1. Marissa says:

      My pleasure, Rosanne! I hope you give them a try! 🙂

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Whenever I hear Almond Joy, I always think of my grandfather. I can still remember him sitting down saying “Mmm, boy, Almond Joy.” Years later, I googled it to see where it came from, and I guess it was an Almond Joy commercial way back in the 60s? Anyhoo, I love the combination of nuts with chocolate and coconut. Pass me one or six of these please! 🙂

    1. Marissa says:

      I’d love to pass you a bunch of these! And I love that memory of your grandfather – I’ll have to see if I can find that 60s version of the commercial.

  3. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    5 stars
    This is everything I love in three delicious bites! Love these, my friend!

    1. Marissa says:

      A perfect way to put it – 3 delicious bites! Thank you, Annie!

  4. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    I would take your version over the real one especially as it is made with dark chocolate. Nice job.

    1. Marissa says:

      Thank you so much, Karen!

  5. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    5 stars
    These are so freakin’ awesome, Marissa!!! And I can’t believe how easy they are. Totally Pinning and you know I’m trying. Definitely have to have that little sprinkle of salt (love the contrast of salty and sweet). Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend! XO

    1. Marissa says:

      Aww, thank you so much my friend! XO