Healthy Almond Joy Fudge - Desserts with Benefits
Ohhhh yes.  Almond Joy Candy Fudge.
My heart just skipped a beat!
Healthy Almond Joy Fudge - Desserts with Benefits
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!
Healthy Almond Joy Fudge - Desserts with Benefits
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!
Healthy Almond Joy Fudge - Desserts with Benefits
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!

Healthy Almond Joy Candy Fudge

Yield: 16 squares

Ingredients

    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 Whey 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 Whey Protein Powder
  • 45g (3/4 cup) Reduced Fat Shredded Coconut

Instructions

    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
  4. 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.
  5. For the Top Layer:
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.

Notes

*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)

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

This recipe is: no bake, low sugar, high fiber, high protein, gluten free!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/almond-joy-candy-fudge/

Healthy Almond Joy Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

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  ;)

Labels: Agave, Bite-Sized-Treats, Brown-Rice-Syrup, Chocolate, Coconut-Butter, Coconut-Flakes, Coconut-Milk, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, Honey, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Protein-Powder

Comments (10)

  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. Carolyn: May 16, 2012

    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!

  3. Jessica: May 16, 2012

    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!

  4. shelby everydayvegangirl: May 16, 2012

    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: http://everydayvegangirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/versatile-blogger-and-what-i-ate.html.  You can check out the Versatile Blogger Aware site and rules here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/  

  5. Brent (Cookapalooza): May 16, 2012

    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!

  6. Jessica: May 16, 2012

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

  7. Anonymous: August 15, 2012

    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?

  8. Jessica: August 16, 2012

    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!

  9. Jules: May 27, 2014

    These turned out delicious! However the two layers didn’t stick together.

  10. dessertswithbenefits: May 27, 2014

    Jules-
    Hmmm, not sure why the layers didn’t stick for you but did for me… :/
    Other than that though, I’m glad you liked the taste!
    -Jess

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