Healthy Candy Bars With Honey-Glazed Almond Topping – No Dairy, No Refined Sugar

 

Chocolate Almond Butter Candy

Healthy candy bars are hard to find, at least out here. It’s not like you can just wander into the grocery store and pick up a healthy candy bar near the checkout. This usually isn’t an issue for me since I’m not a big fan of chocolate or sweets, but sometimes I crave a treat packed with crunchy almonds coated in creamy chocolate.

As of today, this is my favorite paleo-friendly dessert recipe I’ve ever made. I know food bloggers say stuff like that all the time, but I’m totally serious when I tell you this is the best gluten-free, dairy-free dessert recipe I’ve created so far.

I’ve been making variations of this healthy candy bar recipe for years, but I usually turn it into fudge cups or brownie-sized squares. This is the first time I’ve transformed cacao powder and coconut oil into something with a texture and appearance similar to a candy bar.

Let’s chat about cacao powder for a minute. No, that’s not a typo. Cacao powder is made from raw, cold-pressed cacao beans. Cocoa powder is made from processed, roasted cacao.

I prefer the way cacao powder tastes, and I also like that it has more nutrients than cocoa powder. It’s packed with antioxidants and magnesium, and many folks consider it to be the purest form of chocolate. The heating process used to create cocoa powder destroys some of the nutrients found in cacao, so it’s best to choose cacoa powder over cocoa powder if you’re concerned about nutrition.

You don’t have to drive to some fancy-schmancy health food store to buy cacao powder. I buy mine at Target, and I think I’ve also seen it at Walmart. You can also find it on Amazon.com and Thrive. Thrive usually has some really good deals on cacao powder.

Okay, who’s ready to make some delicious chocolate almond bars with honey-glazed almonds?

Start by preparing the chocolate base. I’ve included a printable, Pinnable recipe below. Sorry, forgot to take a pic of the chocolate mixture, but I’ll try to get one up soon.

Make your honey-glazed almonds by simmering honey and slivered almonds until bubbly and thick, then adding pure vanilla extract. Whatever you do, do NOT walk away to break up a fight between your toddlers about who is the actual owner of a wrestling figurine nobody has played with in years. You will burn the almonds and have to remake them.  Not that I…ummmm…experienced that or anything.

Honey-Glazed Almonds

Pour your chocolate mixture into a casserole dish lined with wax paper, and swirl in some almond butter. Add some of the honey-glazed almonds. The mixture will look similar to brownie batter.

Paleo Candy Mixture

Freeze the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes and top with the remaining honey-glazed almonds. Sprinkle on some sea salt, and pop your paleo candy bars back in the freezer for another hour or two.

Paleo Candy Bar With Almonds

See how the wax paper is hanging over the edges of the casserole dish? That’s so you can lift the finished product out of the pan before you cut it. I don’t know why I bother doing this since my casserole dishes are all scratched up anyway.

Slice the mixture into rectangles if you want your paleo candy to look like traditional candy bars. This batch looks more like granola bars, but oh well. These healthy candy bars taste amazing regardless of how you cut them.

Paleo Almond Candy Bar

If you prefer, you can cut your chocolate almond candy bars into brownie-sized squares. That’s usually what I like to do because it makes me feel like I’m eating more than I actually am.

Paleo Almond Candy Bar

Check out the middle of these. The almond butter and slivered almonds create a toffee-like center. It’s delicious.

Paleo Candy

Let’s look at one last pic of this paleo candy bar recipe…because hey, why not?

Paleo Almond Candy

Make sure to store these paleo chocolate bars in the freezer if you have enough self-control not to eat them all in 5 minutes. Because coconut oil is one of the main ingredients, these almond-topped candy bars melt quickly at room temperature.

Here’s my recipe for homemade chocolate almond candy bars. Hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!

Homemade Chocolate Almond Candy Bars With Honey-Glazed Almond Topping - No Dairy, No Refined Sugar
Print Recipe
Honey-glazed almonds lend a hearty crunch and a hint of sweetness to the smooth, rich blend of coconut oil and cacao powder that forms the base of these homemade paleo chocolate bars.
Servings Prep Time
10 to 12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 to 12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Homemade Chocolate Almond Candy Bars With Honey-Glazed Almond Topping - No Dairy, No Refined Sugar
Print Recipe
Honey-glazed almonds lend a hearty crunch and a hint of sweetness to the smooth, rich blend of coconut oil and cacao powder that forms the base of these homemade paleo chocolate bars.
Servings Prep Time
10 to 12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 to 12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Chocolate Base
Honey-Glazed Almonds
Servings: people
Instructions
Chocolate Base
  1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat in a saucepan, then slowly mix in cacao powder until well blended. Add maple syrup and continue warming mixture over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture will be smooth and glossy.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup of almond butter and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, then heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and keep mixture on the burner as you prepare the honey-glazed almonds in a separate skillet.
Honey-Glazed Almonds
  1. Toast slivered almonds for 5 to 7 minutes over medium heat in a nonstick skillet, stirring at least once to ensure both sides of almonds are evenly toasted.
  2. Add honey to the toasted almonds and reduce heat slightly, keeping it halfway between low and medium. Heat honey and almond mixture until it becomes bubbly and thick and the mixture sticks to the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and stir in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Continue heating honey-glazed almond mixture on low while you pour chocolate base into a pan.
Assembly
  1. Line a 9 x 13 casserole dish with wax paper, leaving some of the paper extended over the edges for easy removal. Pour chocolate mixture over the wax paper, and gently swirl in the remaining 1/4 cup of almond butter with a fork, knife, or spatula.
  2. Remove honey-glazed almonds from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add some of the almond mixture to the chocolate mixture, reserving at least half of the almonds for topping. The mixture will look like hot fudge at this point, so the almonds will sink into the chocolate base.
  3. Place the casserole dish in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove casserole dish and top with remaining honey-glazed almonds, pressing them gently into the top of the semi-soft chocolate mixture. Top with sea salt, if desired.
  5. Freeze for an additional 1 to 2 hours before serving. Cut into rectangles or squares, and store the pieces in plastic bags or saran wrap. Keep frozen until ready to serve, as these chocolate almond bars melt quickly at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute peanut butter, cashew butter, or SunButter for the almond butter, but this healthy candy bar recipe tastes best with almond butter.

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Candy Bars With Honey-Glazed Almond Topping – No Dairy, No Refined Sugar

  • April 28, 2016 at 12:27 am
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    OMGEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I wish I would’ve seen these sooner. Now I’m stuck in the car on my way to Michigan. Looks amazing!!!!!

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    • April 28, 2016 at 9:51 am
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      Thanks, Vanessa! They are seriously one of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever made. Hope you have a safe trip!

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