Raw Almond Joy Bars [Vegan, Gluten Free]

I just simply love the name of this recipe! ‘Joy’ indeed is the feeling you get when you transition into eating entirely plant-based foods.

If you’ve been on and off veganism before you make the full transition, you’ll know that light, joyful feeling you get even after just ONE day without animal-based products. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you would also think dairy-based dessert would be the hardest thing to give up, but guess what? You would absolutely fall in love with raw, vegan options once you give them a try!

What’s more amazing, you would be hooked on preparing these healthy eats then treating non-vegans with them and watch their eyes become huge when you tell them it’s raw, diary free, and sugar free!

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Raw Almond Joy Bars

First Layer:

  • 3/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup raw coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • pinch Himalayan salt

First Layer:

1. Whisk all ingredients together and pour into oiled, parchment lined 8 x 8-inch glass pan. Set in refrigerator aside making topping. The bottom layer should be set up (but not completely hard) before adding the next layer.

Second Layer

  • 2 cups of dried, unsweetened, raw coconut
  • 2/3 cup coconut butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons raw agave nectar (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1-2 teaspoons organic almond flavoring (not raw)

1. Place coconut in medium bowl.

2. Whisk coconut butter (not the same as coconut oil), agave and almond flavor. Pour over coconut and mix well.

3. Pat over first layer, top with chopped almonds and ganache. (see below)

4. Refrigerate to set.

Third Layer

1/3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped

Ganache (recipe here)