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May 15, 2012

Almond Joy Candy Fudge

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Ohhhh yes.

Almond Joy Candy Fudge.

My heart just skipped a beat!

Ohhhh yes.

Wait, did I say that already?

It appears I did, but would you take a look at that bite?

So smooth, so chewy, so fudgy!

Chocolate and coconut pair like no other, but the almond flavor is what brightens each bite.

You will be in heaven once you sink your teeth into these!

And to make it better, they do not taste healthy at all!  They are just as sweet as the real-deal candy bar, just without the guilt, sugar, trans fats, and other heavily processed ingredients.  I still can't believe it, and I bet you won't either, enjoy!

Almond Joy Candy Fudge:  [no bake, low sugar, high fiber, GF, vegan]
(makes 16 squares)

   Chocolate Almond Base:
       128g (1/2 cup) Coconut Butter
       42g (2 tbs) Brown Rice Syrup (or honey/agave)
       1/4 cup Light Coconut Milk, canned
       1/2 tsp Almond Extract
       48g (1+1/2 scoops) Chocolate Protein Powder
       30g (6 tbs) Regular Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
       1/8 tsp Salt

   Coconut Layer:
       64g (1/4 cup) Coconut Butter, soft
       1/4 cup Light Coconut Milk, canned
       3/4 tsp Stevia Extract*
       1/4 tsp Coconut Extract (optional)
       48g (1/4 cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
       64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder
       45g (3/4 cup) Reduced Fat Shredded Coconut

*I made this again without the stevia and it was fine, it was just much less sweet (so less like the candy bar and more like a sophisticated treat)

Directions (for the bottom layer):
1.  Line a brownie pan (or loaf pan if you want a taller/thicker fudge) with foil or parchment paper.
2.  Add the protein powder, cocoa powder and salt into a small bowl and set aside
3.  In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut butter and brown rice syrup.  Microwave for 20 seconds, until coconut butter becomes soft and slightly melted
2.  Stir in the coconut milk and extract.  Then stir in the prepared protein powder/cocoa/salt mixture one spoonful at a time (mixture should look like a dark paste).  Scoop this into the prepared pan, spread to the edges and flatten with a rubber spatula.  Freeze while you make the coconut topping.

Directions (for the top layer):
1.  In a large bowl, add the coconut butter (it should be somewhat soft, like play-doh or fudge), coconut milk and coconut extract.  Stir this mixture until the coconut butter "dissolves" and it looks like a paste.
2.  Stir in the erythritol.  Add the protein powder, one scoop at a time, pressing the powder into the coconut mixture with the back of a spoon until it dissolves (it will look like there is too much but it will dissolve soon)
3.  Repeat with the shredded coconut.  When mixture is fully mixed, scoop it over the chocolate crust and flatten with a rubber spatula or pastry roller.  Refrigerate covered overnight.  Slice and serve the next day.

Feel free to press whole almonds onto the top layer before refrigerating.

Feel free to drizzle these with chocolate... I have no idea why I just thought of that now (?!?)

Oh well, yet another reason to make these again


  1. Just found your site through finding vegan, and I am so glad I did! Your recipes look so amazing!! This bar sounds incredible! I will have to try this very soon! :)

  2. Okay, that officially looks awesome. I'd have to sweeten with other things but I may have to take a stab at making this low carb!

    1. I don't think it will be too difficult to make low carb as there are only 2 tbs of liquid sweetener, which I'm sure can be easily replaced. Good luck!

  3. Wow, another decadent recipe...nothing is better than an almond joy!
    Love your site Jessica! I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I posted this on my post:  You can check out the Versatile Blogger Aware site and rules here:  

    1. Thank you so much Shelby! Such an honor, I feel so special :)

  4. Hi Jessica, just found your site through G+ and wanted to leave a comment to say this fudge looks awesome! Love Almond Joy (and coconut)and the fact these have a healthy spin to them!

  5. Hi Jessica,
    I just found your site and now im in love with it. But im just wondering instead of protein powder can we sub something else in like coconut flour or almond meal and i'll just bake it instead?

    1. You might be able to replace the protein powder with those flours but I wouldn't recommend baking it. It will most likely turn out dry and crumbly. Start by adding the flour of choice 1 tablespoon at a time, then stop once you get a thick fudgy texture. I hope this works out for you!


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