Remember that Almond Joy commercial from the ’80s?: “Sometimes you feel like a nut… Sometimes you don’t… Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t…” (Weird Al Yankovic wrote the jingle – who knew?)
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 Salted Coconut Almond & Chocolate Bites. They’re copycat Almond Joy bites, only better.
For one thing, there’s the ingredient list. See the original below and compare it to: coconut, coconut oil, honey, almonds, dark chocolate and salt.
Making these is as simple as melting a few ingredients and some stirring and sprinkling – it took me about 15 minutes to make these (yes, I timed it). 🙂
Using flaked coconut instead of shredded gives these a little extra crunch, but shredded coconut (not sweetened) would also work. A 15 cube silicone ice tray works perfectly for these and it’s fun for kids of all ages (ahem) to cram the coconut mixture into the tray sections – you might remember these Peanut, Oat & Apricot Bites with Salted Chocolate made the same way. But you could also use a small narrow baking dish or even a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
Oh, and if you don’t ‘feel like a nut,’ skip the almonds for a copycat Mounds bar.
- 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 120 grams
- 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or other coconut oil that is solid at room temperature
- 1/4 cup honey
- kosher salt
- 15 toasted almonds
- 3 ounces dark chocolate broken into small pieces (I used Theo 85%)
- sea salt flakes such as Maldon (optional)
Add flaked coconut to a medium bowl.
To a saucepan over low heat add coconut oil, honey and a generous pinch of kosher salt; cook and stir just until coconut oil has melted. Pour mixture over flaked coconut and stir until thoroughly coated.
Spoon coconut mixture evenly into a 15-cube silicone ice tray or shallow baking dish, pressing firmly to compress. Place 15 almonds, one in each cube or evenly across baking dish.
Place chocolate in a double boiler or glass bowl over simmering water; stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon the chocolate over each bite. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until chocolate and coconut mixture are firm. If desired, lightly sprinkle the top of each bite with flaky sea salt.
Remove bites from trays (or cut into 15 equal pieces if you've used a baking dish), transfer to a covered container and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat them.