Healthy Almond Joy Bites

So- I’ve never done this but I have REVISED an already existing Comfy recipe! Why?? Because I’ve made this recipe a million times and feel like I’ve mastered it by tweaking it just a bit {and listening to your-yes your!! suggestions! } See how iron sharpens iron Gals? I can’t keep THAT a secret! lol!

So here we go again…

Mmmmm…..these are good.

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and spotted these….a sort of “Lara Bar” copy cat recipe.

By the taste of them, one would never guess these are allergy friendly and healthy! The pitted dates add a decadence that fools your mind into thinking there’s a ton of butter in these little guys!  But, there’s not….hot dog!!!!  Enjoy!

In a food processor, add your dates {you may slice them in half if your processor doesn’t have enough umph}, vanilla, salt, cocoa power,1/2 of your coconut, nuts and warm water . Process well until a soft ball forms.

Take a small amount, oh about 2 tsps full and insert an almond. Make a ball around the almond.

Shape into balls like so.

Then, roll in extra coconut.

Now, you have the taste and texture of a true Almond Joy….without the guilt.

These are awesome!!!!! Yuuuuuuuum.

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Healthy Almond Joy Bites
Serves: 12
Prep time:
Total time:
  • ¾ cup pitted dates {you may want to cut in half for easier processing}
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup almonds {and 12 more to insert into center}
  • ¾ cup coconut {use ½ cup inside of mixture and ¼ cup to roll}
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  1. Add dates, vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, almonds, ½ cup coconut and water in a food processer. Process well until ball forms.
  2. Roll into small balls and insert and almond inside .
  3. Roll in remaning coconut.
  4. Refrigerate.




  1. We love Almond Joy’s!!! Just curious, do you use raw almonds?

    • You can use any nuts you wish- I actually used walnuts because they were what I had on hand. If you are on a diet like Paleo,than yes you would want to use raw 🙂

  2. I’ve never seen a recipe like this, but these sound delicious! I’m a sucker for almond joys, so I would love these since they’re much healthier!! 🙂

  3. Your blog always makes me hungry!! Your recipes are fabulous and your pictures are gorgeous but more importantly than that, you are an encouragement to me! Thank you!

  4. will be trying this with sunflower seeds as we have a nut allergy-can’t have coconut either, but cocoa, dates and seeds are gonna taste amazing and my little allergy baby will be thrilled with something special for her. but i’ll have to try it with almonds & coconut sometime as i LOVE almond joy 🙂

  5. Has anyone ever had good success subbing prunes for dates?

  6. Has anyone ever had success in substituting prunes for dates by any chance?

    • These are wonderful!! I make variations of this all the time since I have sweet lovers in my family (me being the biggest one!) and I don’t want anyone eating junk.

      In reply to Theresa, I have made a variation with prunes, it’s been a long time and I don’t remember exact ingredients but they were good as well. You can also use raisins and they will lend the sweetness that you need but it is a different flavor than what you get from dates.

  7. Hmmm… I can’t get a soft ball to form – it just seems too dry. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? I’m sure it’s me, as I tried to make a similar thing once before with similar results, but thought someone might have a tip on how to make it stick together a bit. Thanks! The crumbs are yummy, though! I mean, not that I’m squishing them between my fingers to gobble them up or anything. 😉

  8. I also have had some issue with them coming together in the food processor. I was using unsalted roasted almonds. I added about 1Tbsp of boiling water to the mix and it pulled it all together nicely. What a great recipe. Making my 2nd batch in 2 days as I keep sharing them with everyone I know.

  9. sarah mccarthy says:

    Wow! Those are amazing. My kids are going to think they are eating candy for after school snack.

  10. These are INSANELY delish!

  11. Mama765 says:

    Super yummy recipe! Perfect guilt free pms recipe! And my 2 very picky children loved them! Thank you so much!

  12. Yum!,,,

  13. Wow! wow! Wow! Just made these amazing little treasures :-). Used dark chocolate cocoa powder. I am in love!

  14. Imacrazymomof4 says:

    I had to tell you this…I have been looking for something made with dates and stumbled across your blog. I made these having never made anything with dates and I am AMAZED with how good they taste! I wasn’t expecting to LOVE them this much! Thank you!


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