How to Make Homemade Almond Joy Bars
Ingredients for Homemade Almond Joy Bars
Almond Joy Bar Crust:
- 2 cups almond meal
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- Pinch of salt
Almond Joy Bar Coconut Filling:
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon water
Almond Joy Bar Chocolate Topping:
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
Instructions For Homemade Almond Joy Bars
- Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside. To prepare the crust, combine the almond meal, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract, and salt in a medium bowl, and stir well until a sticky dough is formed. Press it evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, and set aside.
- To prepare the coconut filling, combine all of the filling ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well. Spread the coconut mixture over the crust, then use a spatula to smooth the top. Set aside.
- To prepare the chocolate topping, place the chips in a microwave safe dish and melt for 1 minute at a time. Check how melted the chocolate is after the first minute by giving the chips a stir. If they’re 80-90% melted, remove from microwave and add the olive oil and stir to combine.
- Pour the chocolate sauce over the top of the coconut layer and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan in the freezer to set until firm, about 30-45 minutes.
- Pull on the parchment paper to easily remove the solid bar from the pan.
- Run a chef knife or bread knife under very hot running water. Score the set chocolate into 12 equal portions, re-dipping the hot knife under hot water as needed. Cut all the way through the bars until you get the desired portions. These bars will soften fairly quickly if left at room temperature, so it’s important to keep them chilled until ready to serve with our recommended wine pairings!
The Best Wine Pairings for Almond Joy Bars
Wondering which wines to pair with your delicious homemade almond joy bars? This dessert pairs beautifully with a Tawny Port. Why? You want your wine pairing to be a little sweeter than your dessert, otherwise the wine can taste very bitter. Tawny Port usually has a little nutty characteristic along with dried fruit and caramel. Sounds like a match made in dessert heaven!
A Wine We Recommend Pairing With Almond Joy Bars
Quinta do Vallado 20 Years Tawny Port