Easy Homemade Candy Bars: Almond Joy, Reese’s & More! (Keto + Paleo + Vegan)

It’s easy to make your own healthier candy bars! These mini Almond Joy can be Keto/Low-Carb, Paleo and Vegan so you can enjoy without regret! (+20 more recipes for homemade treats!)Homemade Almond Joy (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) - PrettyPies.com

Candy, UNjunked

No need to give into Halloween candy and suffer the impending wrath of the sugar monster. (For me, it’s an instant stomach ache, usually a headache, and just feeling like garbage afterward. WHO wants to feel like that? No one! I want to feel GOOD from the foods I eat. Especially desserts.)

NOW it’s quicker and EASIER than ever to make your own healthier homemade candy bars using my new shortcut method to add a PERFECT crisp chocolate shell — with less mess, less stress. 

You can en’JOY’ your Almond Joy! Without wrecking your diet or feeling unwell afterward.

Make the classic coconut almond confection or one of the 10 other chocolate candy variations listed below.

These homemade treats are all made with simple, clean ingredients and can be completely sugar-free! YAY!

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Healthy Homemade Halloween Candy

Halloween candy is about to be everywhere. But it does NOT have to tempt you. You don’t have to give in to the sugar, chemicals and who knows what they put in that stuff. You can easily make your OWN homemade, much healthier candy. It’s seriously delicious. I actually like it BETTER than conventional candy because it doesn’t taste chemical-ly.

These homemade Almond Joy candies can be made Keto/Low-Carb, Paleo and Vegan, depending on your choice of chocolate and sweetener.

I really like 85% dark chocolate from Aldi. It’s dairy-free and low in sugar. If you’re a dark chocolate fan, you’ll love the quality of this European brand for it’s incredible flavor.Homemade Almond Joy (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) - PrettyPies.com

Chocolate in an ICE CUBE TRAY

I don’t know why I waited so long to try this. Maybe I was skeptical that it would actually work. I was a little worried the chocolate would stick horribly to the plastic and be a nightmare to pry out of the tray.

But it wasn’t.

It was the EASIEST method of coating chocolate I’ve ever encountered in my YEARS of dessert making. This is a GAME-CHANGER. It’s SO EASY.

  • No double boiler
  • No tempering the chocolate (which takes forevvvver)
  • No crazy ingredients that require a trip to Whole Foods
  • No tediously dipping each candy one by one (and making a HUGE mess)

How to Make the BEST Chocolate Shell

Melt the chocolate in a heat-safe (glass) measuring cup (preferably one with a spout for easy pouring) with a little coconut oil in the microwave Pour it. So quick & easy!

All it takes is maybe a teaspoon of chocolate poured into each well of an ice cube tray. Tilt the tray around in all directions to coat the sides of the tray with a thin layer of chocolate.

TIP: For a light candy shell, use the smallest amount of chocolate possible to coat the ice cube tray. If you like a thick chocolate coating that’s hard and crunchy, use much more chocolate.

Then you’ll add your filling (Either the YUMMY coconut almond filling OR whatever you choose! See below for TONS of options!) Pour a little more chocolate on top and pop it in the freezer until set. I left mine for an hour just to be sure it was solid.

Crack, crack! Twist the plastic like you’re popping out ice cubes to release the fun size bars. Next, invert the tray onto a large plate and the candies fall right out!  It’s awesome!Homemade Almond Joy (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) - PrettyPies.com

Simple, Clean Ingredients

You can feel good about this candy because it’s made with simple, natural ingredients:
  1. Coconut (in four (yes 4!) forms: shreds, butter, oil and extract)
  2. Monkfruit for sugar-free natural sweetness with amazing PURE taste (no chemical aftertaste)
  3. Pink Himalayan Salt for depth of flavor, and a balance to the sweetness (not to mention the dozens of natural minerals!)
That’s it. 3 main ingredients for the filling. So simple, right?
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How to Make AMAZING (Keto Paleo Vegan) Coconut Filling

To make the scrumptious coconut filling, it only takes 10 *seconds* of pulsing a food processor.

Add these 4 forms of coconut, sweetener and a pinch of pink salt:

Coconut butter (aka manna) for it’s amazing ability to make candy filling (like these Homemade Healthy Starburst! And this Fudge! It acts as a delicious glue to hold these candies together.

“Coconut Manna [is an] incredibly tasty, whole food treat made of pure coconut flesh. You can enjoy this coconut butter straight from the jar, or warm it up to spread the goodness! This tropical melt-in-your-mouth treat is rich in lauric acid and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), making it one of the world’s most nourishing and versatile superfoods” – Nutiva

Coconut milk to soften and moisten the filling (so the coconut is not too dry or hard). It also helps add a hint of coconut flavor.

Coconut shreds to give that classic coconut taste that almond joy candies are known for. A hint of texture + a hint of flavor.

Coconut extract. This is where some major magic happens. Add as much coconut flavor as you like. To me this is Coconut BLISS. (I absolutely LOVE coconut flavor!) the extract is optional, but if you truly want to taste coconut, I highly recommend it!

Throw everything in, press the button. It’s ready to scoop! Add an almond, cover with more chocolate. Freeze. See how easy it is to make these keto Almond Joy?? 
But wait, there’s MORE.
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MORE Healthy Candy Bar Options

Over the years, I’ve made lots of chocolate-coated treats, but now that I discovered the ice cube tray method of adding a chocolate, it makes it a breeze!
All of these chocolate-coated candies can be made in an ice cube tray:

OR make your own custom candy bars with your choice of filling:

  • Chopped peanuts or pecans!
  • Caramel + Sugar Cookies for Twix!
  • Homemade Strawberry Chia Jam!
  • Coconut butter + anything you like!
  • Cheesecake!

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Healthy Desserts Galore

You thought that was all? I have loads more recipes for guilt-free treats! Great for fall entertaining, Halloween, or just to treat yo self 🙂

All free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. All made with real food ingredients you can feel GOOD about. No junk. No harm.

Which homemade candy will you try? Let me know in the comments!

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Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

Classic Almond Joy made healthier! Coconut filling, roasted almonds in a chocolate shell. It's easy to make your own mini candy bars in an ice cube tray.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, halloween, homemade candy, keto, paleo, sugar-free, vegan
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Emily

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbs coconut butter melted
  • 2 Tbs canned coconut milk warm
  • 2 Tbs powdered monkfruit
  • dash of pink salt
  • splash of coconut extract optional
  • 1.5 3oz bars dark chocolate  chopped (sugar-free for keto)
  • 2.5 tsp virgin coconut oil
  • 14 dry roasted almonds

Instructions

  • Melt coconut butter by placing it in a bowl of warm water. Stir well to incorporate the oil.
  • In a food processor, add all ingredients for the filling and blend for about 10 seconds until well combined. Taste and adjust for sweetness and flavor. Set aside. (If mixture does not hold shape, refrigerate it for 10 minutes to firm up)
  • Chop chocolate into large chunks and place chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe glass measuring cup. Melt in the microwave using 30 second intervals. Stir smooth.
  • Pour about 1 tsp chocolate into each well of the ice cube tray. Tilt the tray to make a thin coat halfway up the sides. Save the remaining chocolate for pouring on top.
  • Using an oval shaped 1/2 Tbs measuring spoon, scoop the coconut mixture to form the candy filling. Press an almond on top.
  • Use your hands to re-shape the candy filling, if needed, to fit neatly inside the wells (careful not to make them too wide)
  • Repeat for remaining filling mixture. Pour chocolate on top.
  • Freeze the candies for 30-60 minutes until solid.
  • When set, twist the ice cube tray to “crack” the candies free. Invert the ice cube tray onto a platter for easy removal. Enjoy!

Notes

To store: keep refrigerated for up to 10 days.
Disclosure: As an affiliate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you).
Featured Tools & Ingredients 
Coconut Butter (also known as manna)
Coconut Milk from Amazon
Food Processor from Amazon
Powdered Monkfruit*
  • from Amazon
  • from Thrive Market (use my referral link to save 25% on your first order)
  • from Lakanto (use code PRETTYPIES to save 20% on every order)
*I make homemade by blending the classic granules in a blender for 10 seconds
Natural Coconut Extract from Amazon

Approximate MACROS for 1 Almond Joy Candy (based on 14 servings) using 85% dark chocolate

  • Cal 139.7
  • Fat 12 g
  • Total Carb 7.8g
  • Fiber 2.4g
  • Sugar Alcohol 1.72 g
  • Net Carbs 3.67 g
  • Protein 2g

FOR KETO: Approximate MACROS for 1 Almond Joy Candy (based on 14 servings) using SUGAR-FREE 85% dark chocolate

  • Cal 116
  • Fat 11.4
  • Total Carb 7.2
  • Fiber 2.9g
  • Sugar Alcohol 2.63g
  • Net Carbs 1.63g
  • Protein 1.7g

4 comments

  1. caroline says:

    Hi, my coconut butter/manna seems quite high carb (about 26g per 100g) is that right?? I don’t know how it is keto friendly, unless we use such a small amount?

    thanks 🙂

    ps. just ordered your book for delivery to the UK, can’t wait! 🙂

    • Emily says:

      Hi Caroline,
      I’m checking the macros for coconut butter, and yes it looks high at first glance, however, when you subtract the fiber it is low.

      For example, in this recipe, there are 5 tablespoons of coconut butter (70 g) divided by 14 servings, which amounts to 0.36 g net carbs per serving.

      Adding in the other ingredients, each mini candy bar is 1.63 net carbs. Pretty low

      And a big THANK YOU for ordering my book!! Yay! Hope you enjoy!

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