keto almond joy candies on parchment

keto almond joys {vegan, gluten-free}

This keto almond joys recipe is sponsored by llinea monk fruit, a brand I use and love! Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stem and Spoon.

Keto almond joys are everything you’d expect them to be, and more! Almond, coconut and chocolate make an irresistible combination, and what’s even better is these decadent homemade almond joys are so easy to make!

They have all the makings of the beloved Almond Joy candies I grew up eating: a soft, coconut-filled center, crunchy almonds, and a rich chocolate shell. And we don’t stop there. Oh no. This healthy version made with whole ingredients is topped with coconut or sea salt flakes for extra yumminess- a grown-up almond joy, if you will. And a thousand times better than the original.

keto almond joys, a must-try!

Sweetened with all-natural llinea monk fruit, these keto almond joys are free of refined sugar, fillers, and processed junk. Llinea monk fruit is a one-ingredient, zero-calorie and zero glycemic index sweetener made from the monk fruit melon, and it’s extra concentrated sweetness means a little bit is all you need to sweeten these. My favorite thing about this liquid sweetener is that it doesn’t have a weird aftertaste and you can add it to almost anything for some extra sweetness!

These homemade almond joys are:

  • low-carb and diabetic-friendly
  • vegan / dairy-free (as long as the chocolate chips are!)
  • gluten-free
  • grain-free
  • easy to make with under 30 minutes of prep time!
  • kid-approved (my picky, six-year-old son now requests these for dessert!)

They are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re searching for a low-sugar treat for the holidays or you’re looking to satisfy a candy craving. Also good to note these keto almond joys are low-effort! To be honest, I’ve lost track of how many batches we’ve devoured in the past few weeks- let’s just say homemade almond joys are almost too easy to make. 😉

ingredients for homemade almond joys

These keto almond joys only require seven ingredients! You will need:

  • almond flour
  • shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • unsweetened coconut cream
  • llinea monk fruit
  • vanilla extract (can also use almond flavor or coconut flavor)
  • keto-friendly chocolate chips or chocolate bar (for dairy-free or vegan, make sure you’re using a vegan chocolate)
  • whole almonds (I use roasted/salted almonds)
  • sea salt flakes (optional)

the best keto almond joy recipe

I started out by blending the filling, but it’s not necessary. You can easily combine all of the filling ingredients in a bowl, and it doesn’t change the texture too much. Go with what you prefer- a blender or a bowl- and whichever is easiest for you.

To make these homemade almond joys, follow these simple steps and check out the full recipe at the bottom of the page. (I also shared a short video on Instagram!).

the process

  1. Make the filling. In a blender or a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, shredded coconut, llinea monk fruit sweetener, vanilla extract (and other flavors if you’re using coconut or almond extract), and coconut cream. Stir or pulse to combine- it will form a thick dough, almost paste-like. (Note: If you do use a blender, I recommend only blending about half of the shredded coconut and then stirring in the other half into the mixture so that you don’t break down all of those coconut shreds).
  2. Shape the keto almond joys. Spoon out about a tablespoon of the dough. Use your hands to shape it into a flat oval, about half an inch thick, and press slightly into the center to make an indent (for the almonds). Place the keto almond joys on a freezer-safe tray/dish/cutting board lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Gently press 1-2 almonds onto the top of each oval. Freeze for at least an hour.
  3. Cover the almond joys with chocolate. With a double boiler setup on the stovetop, melt the keto-friendly chocolate chips. Transfer the chocolate into a shallow dish. Remove the almond joys from the freezer. Place one into the chocolate and use a spoon or spatula to smooth melted chocolate over the almond joy. Gently lift it out, dripping off any excess chocolate, and place it back onto the dish or cutting board. Sprinkle sea salt or shredded coconut on top. Repeat with each of the almond joys. Freeze for at least 30 minutes to set the chocolate.
  4. Serve and store. You can enjoy these keto almond joys right after the chocolate is set. If they are too frozen, transfer them to the refrigerator to defrost a bit, or let them sit out for 20 minutes or so. I recommend storing these in the refrigerator in an air-tight container lined with parchment paper.

keto almond joy recipe pro tips

  • Please use parchment paper or wax paper (or a silpat mat), otherwise your keto almond joys may stick to the plate or dish.
  • I love Maldon sea salt flakes on top of these, but coconut flakes or even chopped almonds work nicely too.
  • If you have little ones and want to make these an extra special treat, try sticking a thin popsicle stick in each of the almond joys before freezing them to turn them into “lollipops.” This will make it easier to coat with chocolate (especially if your kiddos are helping), and there’s no limit to all the creative and fun ways you can decorate these candy pops!

There it is, the keto almond joy recipe that will satisfy any sweet tooth (and also successfully curbs my kids’ sugary candy cravings)! I’m in love. And I know you’ll enjoy them too!

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keto almond joys {vegan, gluten-free}

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

A soft coconut filling, crunchy almonds and a low-carb chocolate shell make these keto almond joys irresistible! Homemade Almond Joys have never been easier, and these are low-sugar and low-carb. Vegan, gluten-free, and only seven ingredients required!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (if using a blender, see recipe notes)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons llinea monk fruit (plus a few more drops to taste, if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar-free chocolate chips (like Lily's)
  • 20-24 whole almonds, roasted and salted 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes or shredded coconut for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, shredded coconut, coconut cream, llinea monk fruit, and vanilla. Mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated and turn into a thick dough, almost paste-like. (See notes if using a blender).
  2. Spoon out about one tablespoon of the dough. Use your hands to shape it into a flat oval, about 1/2-inch thick, and create a slight indent in the center with your finger (for the almonds).
  3. Place the keto almond joys on a freezer-safe dish or cutting board lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Gently press 1-2 almonds onto the top of each oval. Freeze for at least an hour.
  4. With a double boiler setup on the stovetop (or your own version- I use a small pan on top of a pot of boiling water), melt the chocolate chips in the top pan. As the chocolate melts, stir it frequently, and remove it from the heat as soon as all the chocolate is melted. Pour the chocolate into a shallow dish.
  5. Remove the almond joys from the freezer. Place one at a time into the melted chocolate and use a spoon or spatula to smooth the chocolate over the entire candy. Lift it out, letting any excess chocolate drop off, and place it back onto the parchment-lined surface. Sprinkle sea salt or shredded coconut on top.
  6. Repeat with each of the keto almond joys. Return them to the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set and harden the chocolate.
  7. Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

You can also mix the filling in a blender, but be sure to set aside about half of the shredded coconut. Stir the remaining half in after blending so that the shreds of coconut don't break down in the blender.

Make sure to use parchment or wax paper (or a baking mat) to line your tray/plate/cutting board before freezing the almond joys. This helps prevent the chocolate from sticking to the surface.

Optional swaps:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut flavor or almond flavor for the vanilla (or addition to the vanilla)
  • I love Maldon sea salt flakes on these, but coconut flakes or chopped almonds are delicious too


Fun for kids: To make almond joy "pops," insert a thin popsicle stick into each of the almond joys before freezing them. Coat with chocolate and decorate!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 16gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 10gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

This nutritional information is approximate and is provided for convenience as a courtesy.

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