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coconut almond joy bites almond joy (1)My favorite part about making “paleo” treats these days is that you can simply take three or four ingredients and make them into the most magically amazing healthy and delicious treat! Of course there is the eating and savoring part that might rank a bit higher. Lately, I have been blown away by just how simple it can be to make healthy treats, and at the root of it all seems to be one key ingredient….coconut oil! almond joyCoconut oil boosts your energy, improves digestion and metabolism, helps maintain a healthy heart, fights infection, provides organ support, boosts your immune system, and is even great for your skin and hair. Coconut oil makes me wish that I lived in a tropical place where I could grow coconut trees! almond almond almond joyValentines Day is a super exciting day at our house. I’m guessing it is because it is also mine and Jason’s wedding anniversary. This year marked #9. Whew! So, on Valentines Day the kids always plan out and dream up what (and how many) treats and concoctions we can make. I am always a fan of making sweets to begin with, and if they have anything to do with chocolate then I am all for it. One of the things we made was inspired by The Unrefined Kitchen, which very well may be my healthy recipe website fix for the time being. We’ll see. almond almond joyWhat You Need

For the filling:
2 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil (un melted)
2 Tablespoons raw honey
raw almonds

For the coating:
2 additional Tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
approx. 10 oz chocolate chips

a mini muffin tin
mini muffin candy wrappers
candy molds almond almond almond joyWhat You Do

Take the first three ingredients and blend in a high speed blender, like the Vitamix, or a food processor until it becomes a creamy paste. The coconut oil should be left at room temperature. You will need to stop and stir or use the tamper (if using a Vitamix). Fill candy molds or wrappers with coconut mixture and press it down with your fingers so that it fills them up 1/2 way. Lightly press an almond into each one.

Next you are going to heat 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and chocolate chips over medium low heat. Stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from heat. Fill the rest of the molds or wrappers with chocolate mixture. Set them into the freezer for an hour or two. Once they have cooled, pop them out and try not to eat too many.

Store in the refrigerator in a tight container. almond almond almond joyThe kids and I have been thinking of different things to do with this recipe, like adding peppermint extract to the coconut mixture and leaving out the almond to make a “peppermint pattie”. These are to die for. They are SO good. AND it’s great to know that they are pretty much a healthy boost disguised as candy.


  1. I made these and they are delicious!! And visually appetizing too!
    A printable version of the recipe would be appreciated tho! Thank you!!

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  7. Victoria says:


    These are fantastic! Do you have what the calorie is per serving by chance?

  8. Looks great. My daughter has PKU and can’t have very much protein. So, I think if I take out the nuts and replace the chocolate chips with a maybe almond bark- this will work!

  9. Ok, haha… Lilys must have started carrying baking chips now as well that are non gmo, stevia sweetened, gluten free, non dairy, fair trade…etc.

  10. Oh my goodness! Words cannot convey how exciting this recipe is for me! :-)

  11. Marian Collins says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this…Trader Joe’s has a wonderful candy called Coconut Bonbons that I want to duplicate…this may be pretty close. I would use this version of melted chocolate instead of the chocolate chip version. I powdered the “truvia” mix I had and used cocoa butter. Delicious.

  12. Chocolate chips? Is there a healthier option?

  13. What kind of chocolate chips do you use?? How and where can you get sugarless ones? And is there dairy in them?

    • I use the organic Sunspire 65% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips. They are not completely sugar free, but contain less the other ones and still taste good…sweet enough for me. But there is no dairy in them.

      • There are some chocolate bars that have NO sugar in them:
        The first is Endangered species natural dark chocolate with 88% cocoa can be found at it is sweetened barely with beet sugar, and the next is Lily’s dark chocolate and is sweetened with stevia…its 55% cocoa. You can find it at Neither of these chocolate bars are cheap. You can order them on Amazon by the case and it saves some…. They are both gluten free, both are fair trade, Lilys is non gmo but not sure about the other… check them out. There are a few brands of chocolate chips that are also non dairy and sweetened with alternative sugars but are difficult to find and I can’t give you info on them right now because I haven’t been able to find them since we moved from NC to PA….

        • Ok, now that I said that, I just looked and the endangered species brand has changed its recipe and uses cane sugar now instead of beet sugar. I still have a few of the old ones I guess that don’t contain cane sugar.

  14. Danielle says:

    Do you suppose regular honey would work instead of the raw stuff? I’m slowly making my way to full paleo, but the raw honey is SO much more expensive, it’s been one of my hold-outs.

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  16. oh yummy!!!! I have been wanting to make something like this I used to be an almond joy addict back in the day :)

  17. I am loving your recipe posts (this and the water kefir, especially)…keep ’em coming! I’ve been trying some new approaches to my diet and these fit the bill. Thank you! All the best to you and your family.

  18. Wow – those look absolutely to die for!!! would love to try them!

  19. Lisa,
    Wow, what a unique recipe! Thanks for sharing, they look delicious! We love coconut oil and I love learning more about how good it is for us.


  20. I love anything coconut, and we have gone quite paleo in our eating……thanks for sharing this, I can’t wait to make these……may even make some tonight!

  21. Fantastic! I am always looking for healthy treats for the kids, and these are surely going to grace their Easter baskets this year. I’m going to find some egg-shaped molds…
    Thank you!

  22. I can get away with coconut oil in our house but not coconut itself. My middle son has a mild nut allergy. I’ve thought about a somewhat paleo lifestyle change, but I just can’t see how. We don’t eat red meat and can’t have nuts. Blergh.

    These hearts sure look tasty, though! And happy late anniversary! (:


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