These Paleo Homemade Almond Joy cups are a no bake treat that are super easy to make. A copycat version of the popular candy that is made healthier. Gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened!
The almond joy cups are so delicious and I know you will absolutely love them! The bottom layer is smooth and rich and reminds me of fudge. The top layer is lighter, slightly chewy and goes perfectly with the chocolate layer. Chocolate and coconut are so good together!
These are perfect to make in the summer because they require no baking. There is a little stove top mixing, but it’s only 1-2 minutes so definitely not enough to heat up the kitchen.
Here are the types of coconut you’ll find in the stores. The left is finely shredded and it is very easy to find. I’ve seen it in every health food store and even main grocery stores. The middle is shredded and it’s a little larger. This one is harder to find and I can only find it at Kroger. The right is coconut flakes and that is also easy to find, but those are too big for this recipe. You’ll want to use the left or middle one. I think the left one works best because it mixes best, but the middle one will add more chew and texture if you like that. I hope that helps when you’re picking out coconut to use.
One thing about these cups is to not be inpatient when making them. The first time I made them I didn’t let the chocolate layer fully harden in the fridge and when I put the coconut layer on top it all mixed together. So I made them again- letting the chocolate fully cool and they came out much better.
You can make these in a muffin tin like I did or you can press them into a 9 inch square pan and make bars. I topped them with sliced almonds, but you can use whole almonds like the candy bar if that’s what you like. Of course you can leave the almonds completely off to have a version more like mounds. You know…sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t!
You will love these because they are easy to make and so delicious!
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.