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Chocolate Almond Joy Bars

homemade chocolate almond joy bars gluten-free recipe

These gluten free Chocolate Almond Joy Bars were inspired by Carrie of GingerLemonGirl.com who wrote a recipe for Almond Joy Impossible Pie.  Who doesn’t like the combination of chocolate, almonds and coconut in the form of a high protein, gluten free treat?

I don’t generally discuss nutrition because I assume most people who find this site know that that my recipes are different than most other gluten free offerings.  Ingredients such as almond flour and coconut flour do not compare to other gluten free flours (even those that are whole grain).  Almonds are a superfood, high in protein, fiber and good fat.  Coconut flour is wonderful as well, given its incredibly high fiber content.  When crunching nutritional numbers in my spreadsheets, gluten free flours such as brown rice, tapioca, sorghum, cornmeal, and ingredients such as potato starch don’t compare to almond and coconut flour.

Personally, I love using almond flour for gluten free desserts like cookies because while my children think they’re getting sweets, I know that I’m sneaking some high protein grub into them.  It’s also nice to know that with all the good protein in my desserts that the boys won’t get cranky from a sudden drop in blood sugar (that’s what all that good fat and protein does, it stabilizes blood sugar levels).

I like to eat these gluten free bars for breakfast if I’m in a hurry and need some “grab and go” goodness.  In addition to the nutritious almond and coconut flours, they contain protein from eggs and another dose of good fat from coconut milk.  Of course they’re lightly sweetened and dairy free as well.  Whenever I eat these before heading over to the gym, I have a great workout, especially important when I’m training with a Marine –but that’s a story for another day.

Chocolate Almond Joy Bars


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, almond extract and palm sugar
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda
  3. Mix dry ingredients into wet with a handheld mixer
  4. Stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips
  5. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  6. Pour batter into dish, then sprinkle shredded coconut and remaining chocolate chips on top
  7. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes
  8. Cool for 1 hour
  9. Serve

Here are some yummy nutritious desserts from other food bloggers that you might enjoy:
-Chocolate, Cardamom and Coconut Power Bars from Naomi of Milk for the Morning Cake
-Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bars from Kelly of The Spunky Coconut
-Double Chocolate Clementine Vita-Mix Cake and Cupcake from Diane of The WHOLE Gang

posted on June 10, 2011, 122 comments

  1. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots @ chocolateandcarrots.com

    Yum! Those look so delicious! Heaven in my mouth. :-)

  2. Niki (of SI) @ spilledingredients.com

    Hi Elana, I’m making up your original chocolate chip cookies right now, this recipe comes at a great time… now I have to decide: can I justify two desserts at once and make these right now too? :) Love the half and half of coconut + almond flours here and can’t wait to give these a try. Thanks for another great recipe.

  3. carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com @ gingerlemongirl.com

    (((hugs))) Elana! Honored you were inspired by one of my recipes, because I am SO incredibly inspired by so many of yours! :-) Thank you for sharing! I think these might head out with me too a cookout tomorrow! :-)

  4. jackie

    Can’t wait to try these! So you train with the Marines?

  5. jackie

    Can’t wait to try these! And the dairy free chocolate mousse!
    So you train with the Marines?

  6. Wow, even the picture is satisfying–I can’t wait to actually taste it. :) Love the use of coconut palm sugar!

  7. Perfect for this loving granny to make for 2 of her little grandies tomorrow. Thanks Elana for your fantastic healthy recipes :)

  8. Elizabeth Toll @ harpwriter.webs.com

    This looks awesome! I’m allergic to chocolate but plan to try it anyway with carob chips :o)

  9. I am on a chocolate and coconut kick right now…these look absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to try them…
    When I was a kid we used to make 7 layer magic bars with tons of butter, sugar and condensed sweetened milk…I think this recipe will be a great substitute for that childhood memory!

    • I thought the same thing when I saw this post. I have another Elana recipe that fits the 7-layer bill for me. I use the Apricot Tea Squares Recipe from her GF Almond Flour cookbook. I add walnuts and prunes at the same time as the apricots. I drizzle in some grapeseed oil after the almond flour addition. I pulse in some mini-chocolate chips and dried cranberries (not very 7-layer bar but – YUM) at the end. I love the flexibility of this recipe.

  10. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Those look AMAZING! I’m all for them. ;-)


  11. Kristine Stevens

    These look amazing!!! Can I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk though instead of the canned variety? Do you think it’ll make a difference?

  12. Joelle

    There are some many recipes I want to try, but since my body has issues with sugar (eyes get red, and limbs fall asleep while I am sleeping, and is some of the cause of my hair falling out), I can’t because of the chocolate chips, and making them just is not that fun, and I have yet to recreate anything like them (usually too chewy). These look fabulous and maybe I will just have to try it without the “joy” = )

  13. Shelby P.

    I WILL be making these! Can’t wait to try them! :)

  14. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your wonderful recipes! You make gluten-free delicious :)

  15. Linda Mazar

    Oh yum! These sound absolutely wonderful. I love almonds, coconut and chocolate together. May have to make these tomorrow…

  16. What a heavenly combination! Can’t wait to make these :)

  17. The Teenie Foodie @ theteeniefoodie.blogspot.com

    Mmm These look so good! I’m always looking for recipes like this, tasty healthy bars that you can quickly grab on the go. :-)

    One thing, Would it be alright to leave out the chocolate chips?

    Teenie Foodie

  18. Sounds great except the ingredients are not easy to find!

  19. Karin @ themrs.eu

    That looks amazing. I have to see if I can find some coconut flour around here. NEver seen it yet. Or I could see if I could make it myself ofcourse. Hmm, interesting…

  20. Stephanie Mckenzie @ readingyourlips.blogspot.com

    Woohoo, these look great! I have all the ingredients and will have to make this, I have been looking for great tasting recipes using coconut flour! Thanks Elana!

  21. Julie

    Elana, growing up the mounds bar was my favorite candy bar, because I was a dark chocolate kind of gal–and I always wished they would make the almond joy candy bar with dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. They never listened to me! Thank you for combining the best of two treats into something so delicious and using the best ingredients–I am so glad you used palm sugar in this one. I have everything I need on hand right now and I am making this today.

  22. These look AMAZING!! I will be making these today!!

  23. These look fantastic! I am always looking for yummy treats to “sneak” healthy ingredients into my kids. I am going to try this one.

  24. Julia

    I am going to have to make these this weekend. My daughter will love them!

  25. Laura C

    I turned the oven on before I even got the end of the entry! Can’t wait. I love having another breakfast treat for myself and the kids.

  26. I made these for my husband yesterday, and they are AMAZING!!

  27. Erin (Pretty in Primal) @ prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

    I made these last night and they’re fabulous! I didn’t have any chocolate chips in the house, so I just chopped up unsweetened dark chocolate and it worked like a charm. I also reduced the palm sugar by about 1/4 cup and made up the sweetness difference with stevia (Nu Naturals Low Carb Blend, which doesn’t have that stevia aftertaste).

    They were lighter than I thought they’d be (in a nice way!) they and reminded me a bit of moist bundt cake. I’ll definitely be experimenting with the batter- I can see ALL kinds of great possibilities for it!
    Thanks, Elana!

  28. Wendy Bussell

    Ok, this recipe is just awesome!
    But I ruined it this morning in a very tasty way. No coconut milk, i used 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk mixed with water to make 3/4 cup. No palm sugar at all. Mistakenly used lemon extract instead of almond. So…I also added some candied ginger to the mix. Poured into pan, sprinkled coconut as per recipe and more candied ginger. OH MY WORD….this was one of the best tasting mess ups I have ever made. Might add zest in a new batch. Hummm…..

    Now I will try the original recipe.

  29. Misty

    I made these last night minus the palm sugar. They were good but a bit dry. Does the sugar make that much difference?

  30. Desi@thepalatepeacemaker.com @ thepalatepeacemaker.com

    All I need is an egg-free version of these and I will be in heaven. I LOVE that you used coconut sugar in them! By far my favorite sweetener. Thanks, Elana!

    • I made these without eggs- I took 1.5 TBSP of chia meal and whisked it into the coconut milk (used regular so delicious coconut milk) and let it sit until gooey. then i whisked the sugar, etc into it. they came out fine- maybe not as fluffy as with eggs, but still delicious!

  31. Jennifer

    I made these tonight. They were good, but I guess I was expecting more of the texture of my old favorite of the 7 layer magic bars that someone else mentioned. They were really cake like instead which brings me to a question I had while I was making them. I’m new to baking in general and wanted to know when you list your flour amounts does it mean “packed” or just loosely 1/2 cup? They were yummy, though! Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. The Newlywed Chefs @ thenewlywedchefs.com

    These look heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free @ elegantlyglutenfree.com

    They look so delicious, and I love the healthier part — might be good incentive to work out more, just to have one of these beforehand.

  34. Hello Elana,

    Does this dark chcoclate have sugar in it?
    Thanks for your help!

  35. Becka

    Elana – Do you know where I can get a list of ingredients in the Los Rios chocolate? I can’t seem to find one on Amazon or by doing a general Google search of the product.

    Thanks – and I can’t wait to try these!

  36. April L.

    I made these over the weekend and they were a huge hit with the hubby–he promptly ate 4 of them as soon as they were cooled! Now maybe he’ll stop giving me a hard time for buying those “weird” ingredients at the health food store. :)

  37. kayla

    Elana i just wanted to thank you for all of your delicious recipes!! i have made a few from other allergen free websites and yours are always tops!! They actually taste good! i just baked some cookies from another website and i am soo dissatified that i think i might just have to make something of your later!!

  38. Almond Joys are one of my all-time favorite candies! I just need to get my hands on some coconut milk and almond flour and I’m set to make these!

  39. my spatula @ kissmyspatula.com

    these look absolutely amazing. just bought some coconut flour so will def. give these a whirl! thank u!

  40. Nancy Bennett

    where can you get palm sugar? Can I substitute Stevia?

  41. glutenfreeforgood @ glutenfreeforgood.com/blog

    You’re so right about the big difference between almond and coconut flour and some of the other GF mainstays, especially the starches. Tapioca and potato starch feel like ground styrofoam (and probably have about the same nutrition profile).

    I love your recipes. You make healthy taste and look wonderful!

  42. Gail

    I made these bars last night, and they are the moistest squares that I have had since going gluten-free. My only sub was that I used cranberry extract as I was out of almond. I actually had a can of the Native Forest Organic Coconut milk on hand, but since I haven’t used coconut milk in a sweet recipe before I wasn’t sure if I was to mix it all together or just use the solid contents. I used the solid contents only.

    Could someone advise me how to use coconut milk when baking because I think I have seen where they just use the coconut meat and not the watery mixture and that is why I chose to use only the solid portion.

    Anyway, these are absolutely delicious, and I am going to make them again in a week to take to my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party to show our guests that gluten-free baking is just as tasty, and actually much healthier for you. I am also going to be prepared with copies of the recipes to hand out to folks when they ask because I am certain they will ask!

    Thanks Elana for another great recipe!

    • Tabitha Teeter

      I didn’t know that about coconut milk. I assumed we were supposed to shake it up well (as done in other recipes) and then opened it to measure out what I needed.

      Good to know it works both ways.

  43. Candice

    I made these yesterday and between me, hubby and our two children there all gone :) so amazing, of course I take my daughter to the allergist today and she showed a reaction to chocolate, double boo, trying them with carob chips next. Thanks for the great recipe!

  44. Hannah

    These are in my oven right now! So excited to try them!

  45. Meghanne

    I just made these with a few subs…maybe it doesn’t quite resemble your wonderful recipe but it’s good none the less. Kind of like a cookie bar. Substitutions:
    – 1/2 c organic honey + a dash of vanilla stevia for sugar
    – vanilla flavouring (didn’t have almond)
    – Almond milk for coconut
    – hemp hearts for shredded coconut (I didn’t have the coconut)
    – 3 egg whites + 2 eggs for 4 eggs


  46. Amy

    These are divine! Thanks for the wonderful recipe :)

  47. Tabitha Teeter

    I just happened to have the coconut sugar that I bought by accident when I meant to get date palm sugar. I mixed mine up in the blender at low. My base came out cakelike and supermoist. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but still very yummy. I was the only one to bring dessert for our cookout so even my graineating family and friends decided to try it. Many went back for seconds.

    Thanks to you I had a success and didn’t have to make a special trip to the store. (We tend to have these things on hand with a dairy-sensitive son and grain-sensitive baby.)
    Anyone have a suggestion on a grain free graham cracker crust?

    • Wendy Hahn

      I tried Elana’s almond flour crust in her cookbook last week for a strawberry rhubarb pie. It didn’t work for that, it dissolved like a graham cracker crust would and tasted like a graham cracker crust. I’m betting it would work great as a sub for graham cracker.

  48. Wendy Hahn

    I made these for a department picnic last week. I wanted to be sure there would be something rich and sinful that I could eat. These were the hit of the party! They were the first dessert gone. My DH made me leave some at home for him before I left. They will be one of my go to desserts.

  49. Jenna

    These are amazing! My gluten eating family ate them so fast I had a hard time saving some for myself!

  50. Harmony

    Any idea how these hold up in the freezer? Made a batch last night, and they are delish. However, very rich and dense, and one 8×8 pan is way too much for this single person household!


  51. Charmaine

    Warning: These are highly addicting! Especially cold from the fridge. :) Definitely top 5 of my favorite “Elana” recipes.

    I accidentally stirred the 1/4 c. of coconut into the batter, and after noticing my error, I did sprinkle more on top before baking. I actually think I’ll do the same for the other times I make this.

  52. These look fantastic! I’m new to the food blogging world, but I’d love to try these and re-post the recipe (with full attribution as your recipe, a link back, and, of course, only if it’s ok with you).

    On another note: although I’m a new commenter, I’ve been reading your blog for ages – and I love it. I’ve relied on it quite a lot since first being diagnosed 3 years ago, and it’s an incredible resource. Thank you!

  53. Niki (of SI) @ spilledingredients.com

    Elana, we’re making these for our second time… they are a hit with the whole family. I’m making (super minor) tweaks, and hope to post about them – giving full credit to you – on my site this week, thanks again! These are an almost guilt-free dessert – I love them!

  54. just tried these last night–fantastic! i’m definitely tuned in to see what other things you’re making. have been on the Paleo diet for 6 months, hardest thing is calming down my sweet tooth. thanks for the great info!

  55. aarin

    Just made these and they are pretty good but 2 t was way too much almond extract. It gave them a fake almond flavor (even from a good extract) and I think they would be much better with chopped real almonds, maybe instead of some or all of the almond flour. I will try again as this recipe has great ingredients and potential to be really delicious.

  56. Jeana

    I made these today…for myself…thinking my boys wouldn’t eat them. THEY LOVED THEM!! Now I get the pleasure of sharing a great treat with them! One question: how do I get the cho. chips to “stick” and not fall off when I cut them?

  57. The first time I made this, I accidently overbaked it a little. I was so surprised that it didn’t seem to dry out at all because it was still very moist. However, when I made this last night and had one warm-ish, OH MY GOSH, it was so moist and fluffy! The first thing I thought was that it would make an amazing vanilla cake without all the extras and lots of vanilla. It’s definitely up for some experimentation. Thanks for the amazing recipe, and the inspiration!

  58. me.you.key

    Elana, I want to thank you for all the countless experimenting you must do in your kitchen and to your family to the benefit of all of your readers. :) I love that you stay true to a simple recipe with a short ingredient list and that you are health aware. I don’t have any gluten issues but I love your recipes just the same. Thanks for this delicious chocolate almond joy bar recipe and all of the countless others! Just want you to know you are appreciated.

  59. Jeana

    Has anyone tried to double this and bake in a 9X13 pan? I’m thinking of taking it to school for treats and need more than a small batch…

  60. Fiona

    I made these last night and the batter seemed very liquid, even though like someone else I added the shredded coconut to the mix AND sprinkled more on top when it was in the baking tin. I used one and a half teaspoons of really good almond extract but it was a tiny bit too fake almondy flavour for me so I will use less next time. The chocolate chips seemed to fall mostly to the bottom of the cake so I will try sprinkling all of them into the tin rather than mixing them into the batter early on. But for all of these things they are still super delicious, really moist and I have to freeze them or else I am in trouble (can’t stop eating them…) Will post how they worked out being frozen. Thanks for the recipe Elana!!

    • Fiona

      I froze some of these once they cooled, wrapped in parchment in an airtight container. I simply took one out of the freezer in the morning and wrapped it in foil and let it defrost in time for lunch. It was just as delicious as when it was fresh, still moist and with a great chocolate kick!

  61. Michele

    This treat was absolutely fantastic. It was so moist, flavorful and has made a big impression in my house hold. I can see this quickly becoming one of our favorite treats. I’m thinking about keeping the base minus the palm sugar and almond extract, adding a little more salt and substituting the flakes and choc chips with caramalized onions and spinach, turning it into a savory torte. I just loved the consistency and texture of the dough! Thank you- Michele

  62. Rhonda from Baddeck

    Made these as Halloween treats for my GFDF neighbor kids — their whole family loved them (so did I). Thanks for yet another delicious recipe!

  63. Caitlin

    So delicious! I have been gluten/dairy free for just a month now, and my boyfriend is supportive enough to have cut out gluten for the past two weeks too. We actually baked these bars together a few nights ago, and they were so delicious that we are about to make another batch tonight! I couldn’t find coconut palm sugar, so I used half cup cane sugar and a quarter cup brown sugar and it tasted great. The bottom layer turned out almost like jello, and I had to bake the bars for an extra 10 minutes, so tonight I am going to try lining the pan with tinfoil to see if that firms up the bottom. Thank you so much for all of your delicious (and pretty much guilt free) desserts!

  64. kat

    I just made these, but had no almond flour. I had already started, so I put almonds in the food processor until they were very fine, added another hald a cup or so of coconut flour, and also used half a cup agave instead of the three quarter cup palm sugar. At first I tought it wouldn’t turn out good because the batter seemed to heavy, but with an extra 15 minutes baking time it turned out great! I also didn’t have almond extract, so I just used a bit of vanilla extract instead. Nice fluffy texture, balanced flavor, mildly sweet. Very nice, thanks Elana!

  65. Rose

    Elana, My husband loved this recipe! After 3 servings, I asked him if this recipe was a keeper? I keep a notebook in the kitchen with our favorites. I love the fact that you recommend certain products and where they can be purchased. I order the ones that aren’t available locally online so I have a well stocked pantry. I have both of your cookbooks and am constantly online to see if there is a new recipe to try.

  66. Anna, Fitscally Responsible @ fitscallyresponsible.com

    I just learned about your blog last night through my friend who brought this dessert. I loved it! I wrote a post about gluten today and included a picture of the Almond Joy bars as an example of how delicious gluten-free eating can be!

    Thanks for sharing all of your recipes. I am not gluten-free but I will definitely be making this one for a family gathering at some point.

  67. Nicole

    These “bars” are a favourite around here. I grew up having a simple cake and sauce for dessert on Sundays, this evening we’ll be having squares of this with a caramel sauce made from honey and coconut milk. So delicious! Thanks for all your hard work. Our family isn’t celiac, but I have cut most grains from our diet since October and I love how my body feels eating this way.

  68. I just made these for the second time in oh, 2 weeks. I used the mini chips from Enjoy Life, and love the little bits of chocolate in each bite. These bars are so delicious, and also satiating, thanks to the almond and coconut flours. No sugar crash, which I greatly appreciate. And of course, gluten & grain eaters happily gobble them up! Once again Elana, you rock! I am always happier when I have some of your treats in the house. And being a chef, not a baker, I appreciate knowing that you’ve got me covered in the baking department! (me baking = not pretty!)

  69. Donna @ yahoo

    I would love to make some of these recipes but I’m allergic to almonds. Will another flour work in place of the almond flour??

  70. Aundrea

    I just made this recipe and I LOVE it. I am currently on the anti-candida diet and I am so glad to have such a delicious dessert on hand. Changes I made for the recipe was using Carob chips instead of chocolate and I sweetened it with Xylitol and Stevia :)It has a nice sweet taste. I also sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on top along with the coconut shreds. I ended up baking it in a 8 in non-stick pie pan (since I didn’t have a 8 x 8. It turned out to be a fluffy cake like consistency. Not bar like but still good!

    • Pam

      Be careful with xylitol. It kills bacteria. Probably not a big deal for most people, but if you have candida you don’t want to get rid of any bacteria and really flow your flora out of balance.

  71. Cindy Beeley

    I made these yesterday. I want to tell you that they are delicious! The people who have tasted them would swear that they were made with regular flour–the texture and “crumb” are perfect! Thank you for such a wonderful gluten free recipe :)

  72. Barbara

    This is my all time fave recipe of Elana’s and I make it regularly. In fact I double it. My second most favorite recipe is the paleo banana bread and I make it every time there are bananas ready to cook. But yesterday, I decided to try using the bananas in the Almond Joy bars because I love the mixture of the two flours. Instead of the coconut milk, I used 3 ripe bananas for liquid. Used vanilla instead of almond extract, and added a handful of chopped walnuts. A great success! I would next time cut back somewhat on the palm sugar, as the bananas are so sweet. Thanks Elana!!!

  73. Today I made the Chocolate Almond Joy Bars. I substituted carob for chocolate because I am avoiding chocolate in my diet. I also substituted organic cane sugar for the coconut palm sugar because I didn’t realize it called for it and I didn’t have any. I also didn’t want to wait to make this delicious sounding recipe.

    These bars are truly amazing. They are light and delicious and you can taste all the flavors in every single bite. If you offered these bars to someone and didn’t tell them they were gluten-free they would never know. I plan on making these again to serve to friends.

  74. kat

    Aloha Elana
    This is one of my favorite recipes of yours! I think I just made a version of it that might go well with your recent Paleo style baking. I took out the almond extract, the coconut milk and and the coconut sugar. Reduced the eggs to 3. For sweetening I put half a cup of dates in a food processor with 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, processed until smooth. To the flour mix, I added 1/2 cup shredded coconut (reduced fat – with regular shredded coconut I would reduce the almond milk to 1 cup). Also added 1/3 cup dried cranberries. Instead of the chocolate chips, I finely chopped just 3 pieces of a super dark chocolate and put those in the mix. Makes for a lightly sweetened very coconutty desert or snack, wonderfully moist like all the recipes I’ve tried from your amazing blog and book. Thank you!

  75. kat

    just made a mistake, it’s 1 1/4 cup of almond milk

  76. I made these Almond Joy Bars for dessert tonight and they were great. I kind of want to add some shredded coconut to the body of the bar and not just on top. Wonder if they would have that chewy quality that real Almond Joy’s have? Thanks for the great recipes. Love your blog.

  77. Sara

    Elana – these bars look great! Can’t wait to try them – especially before my morning work out. Inquiring minds what to know more about your work out routine – and that Marine!

    All best,

  78. ro

    What can be used instead of coconut sugar?

  79. Zanne

    I made these today, and they never lasted long enough to cool for an hour — oh yum!

  80. Jill

    Holy Moly these are amazing! I used date sugar as I didn’t have coconut sugar and they came out so delicious and moist. And the toasted coconut on the top, heaven!

  81. Oh my word. You had me at breakfast. Can’t wait to try these!

  82. veritaz photography @ veritaz.com

    These look delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

  83. Jenna

    Love them but too much almond extract. Will do half next time.

  84. amy

    Can stevia replace the palm sugar? Also are there nutrition facts for your recipes?

  85. Clare

    Do these work using No egg powder or another no egg alternative? Thanks

  86. Debbie

    In looking up coconut sugar I came across this interesting information :

    Basically .. if a tree is converted to making sugar then it cannot be converted back to growing coconuts. There is no evidence that coconut sugar is “better” than real sugar.

    Having read the information in that link, I think I’ll try these.. but substitute some other sugar (low carb) until I get the right flavor. By the way, Tropical Traditions has the BEST coconut oil and products I’ve found so far.

    Love your recipes !

    • Pam

      Thanks. I clicked on the link. Very interesting. My daughter is allergic to cane sugar so I usually use honey. However, there are some recipes where a solid sugar works but honey doesn’t. I will certain be aware of the info you shared.

  87. Dina

    Hi there,

    The recipe looks healthy and yum, any substitute for the eggs – for a vegetarian option?

  88. DamselflyDiary


    I made this recipe as cupcakes and they turned out great! The recipe made 12 cupcakes exactly. The cupcakes don’t rise much so you don’t need to worry about over-filling.

    Also, I used fresh, frozen grated coconut that I get at my local Vietnamese grocery store. I mixed it right into the batter. I then sprinkled just a little extra on top before baking for decoration.

    I think the fresh coconut in the batter makes them moist.

  89. Karen

    Just took them out of the oven and they’re really yummy! Texture is light and very moist. I only added 1 tsp of almond extract as I’m not a huge fan of almond and next batch will be made with vanilla. Other than my preference for vanilla I didn’t experience any issue with this recipe.

  90. jean

    is almond flour the same as almond meal?

    • Pam

      Almond meal is not as fine and usually still has the brown skins, though they are obviously crushed. Blanched almond flour does not have the skins, and is finer ground. I would use almond meal in this recipe and it would probably be fine. The main times I avoid almond meal is for a bread or possibly a pie crust, where you want the finer texture. Almond meal is fine in some cakes, but not others. I buy my almond flour in bulk (25 pounds) when they have a big discount and store it in my freezer. (I shop at honeyville grains online.) We use a lot of almond flour.

  91. Sue Henry

    These are amazing! I took them to our Bible study last night and everyone raved!

  92. Janie

    Elana, you are amazing!! Those bar were just delicious ! I could live out of them. The texture is so moist and the taste is perfect. Thank you thank you from Montreal, Canada ! And for those wondering about cutting the coconut sugar I did only put 1/2 a cup. And I used Enjoy life chocolate chunk. I want more now ;)

  93. Sarah Joy

    I made these for our family Easter celebration yesterday and they were a hit! Everybody loved them (not just the Paleo folks).

    I was hoping to find a replacement for a traditional family dish we make that uses shredded wheat, cottage cheese, milk and sugar syrup (weird, I know but soooo yummy). I can’t eat any of those things anymore so I’ve been missing out the last few holidays. No longer! THIS will be my new holiday tradition! So yummy and the texture the shredded coconut gives it even feels like my family’s dish in my mouth, but this one has chocolate, almond and coconut! Score!!

  94. Evalee

    What could replace eggs for vegans?

  95. Mine turned out more cake-like, very tasty but next time I will try a little more of both flours and maybe a little more coconut.

  96. Robin Oliveira

    Do you mean coconut sugar or Palm sugar?

  97. Ginni

    These are so yummy! I also sprinkled some slivered almonds on top before baking. Nobody guessed they were gluten free!

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