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These paleo Almond Joy Lara bars are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate and are super healthy. A filling and quick paleo snack, they’re also Whole30-compliant for emergency food. Very similar to chocolate coconut chew Lara bars. 

These paleo Almond Joy Lara bars are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate and are super healthy. A filling and quick paleo snack, they're also Whole30-compliant. Very similar to chocolate coconut chew Lara bars. It was a genius moment, really. I was tired of flipping back and forth between keyboards on my phone, always inevitably getting caught in some labyrinthine space between the U.S. alphabetic keyboard and the emoji numerical, pondering my frustration on a scale of “the mortgage on my brand new house is kinda high” to “they don’t have my favorite bread at Whole Foods and I’m going to tweet angrily about it” (frustration with the pumpkin spice latte recipe, your iPhone being slow, and Lauren Conrad in general are also, of course, on the scale). I just want to type a smiley face crying with laughter, dammit. In pretty much every text.

Scale of First World Problems

So, irritated with the trap I found myself in with swapping to an emoji keyboard just to type the graphic representation of a passé “lol,” I decided to create a keyboard shortcut for the emoticon. I use them for my email addresses, blog and portfolio URLs, for names, and more… why not for emotions? So, being used to Slack’s shortcode for ?, I named her “joy” and my life was forever changed.

Well, kinda, sorta. You see, the problem is that these keyboard shortcuts don’t seem to work when you really need them, like in WordPress or Facebook. Sure, you can shortcut a ¯_(ツ)_/¯ all day long in a text message, but Facebook? You better learn how to express your sense of entertained apathy with real words, my friends.

But if you want to use an emoji in a file name? NO PROBLEM. The only problem is that you don’t want to use an emoji in a filename, so you find yourself spending a lot of time backspacing and carefully, very slowly, retyping J-O-Y to name your Almond Joy Lara bars without turning it into a laughing matter. No one’s Googling “Almond ? Lara bars,” I can almost guarantee it.

So ever since I captured my family’s beloved Almond Joy Lara bars recipe on film, I’ve been hovering past the maximum on the spectrum of first world problems, beyond the irritation that PSL’s are just too sweet now and why don’t they use real coconut milk without cane sugar and is that so much to ask?! My laptop laughs at me when I try to name my Almond Joy Lara bars, and I don’t find it funny.

Also not funny? How freaking delicious these chocolate coconut Lara bars are. And how I’m using a bunch of trademarked names and just hoping that Lara doesn’t care. To be clear, these are not actual Lara bars but Lara-bar-like bars. Yes? We good? OK, moving on.

These paleo Almond Joy Lara bars are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate and are super healthy. A filling and quick paleo snack, they're also Whole30-compliant. Very similar to chocolate coconut chew Lara bars.

We make batches of these on a regular basis. We don’t snack on them too regularly, but when hunger pangs hit and you don’t have time for a “meal”? They’re perfect. And they taste weirdly like Almond Joys, which makes them especially popular in my household. Not only that, they’re super stinking easy to whip together and keep so well in the fridge.

There’s plenty of coconut and lots of cocoa, with sticky, sweet dates and crunchy almonds as your base. They’re a healthy version of Almond Joy and a cheaper version of Lara bars. What’s not to love?

These paleo Almond Joy Lara bars are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate and are super healthy. A filling and quick paleo snack, they're also Whole30-compliant. Very similar to chocolate coconut chew Lara bars.

If you prefer a smoother texture, rather than one with plenty of almond chunks, process your almonds before adding the remaining ingredients. Doing this will help really break up the almonds, especially if you’re using whole almonds. If you’re using slivered or sliced, it’s not as big of a deal.

If you’re on a Whole30, you’re not supposed to eat things like this unless it’s an “emergency,” so I’m not telling you they’re approved! They are compliant, but you should NOT eat them as a snack or dessert.

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 9 votes

Almond Joy Lara Bars


Prep 3 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 18 minutes
These paleo Almond Joy Lara bars are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate and are super healthy. A filling and quick paleo snack, they're very similar to chocolate coconut chew Lara bars.
12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 cups dates
  • 1 ½ cup coconut flakes
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract , optional
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract , optional
  • water , as needed (I use about 4-6 tablespoon but my standard dates are not too moist)

Instructions

  • If using whole almonds, process them first. Put them in the bowl of your food processor and blitz until crumbled and pretty uniform in texture. If using slivered or sliced almonds, skip this step, and simply add the almonds with the rest of the ingredients in the next step.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except for water, and process until smooth and well combined. Add water as necessary to create a texture that clumps together but isn't too moist.
  • Line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra on two sides to act as handles. Press mixture into baking pan and use your fingertips or a mini roller to flatten and smooth. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Use your parchment paper "handles" to lift chilled mixture out of baking pan. Slice into bars and keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.

Video

Make sure you do not SNACK on these if you're on a Whole30. They are considered emergency food only. Epic Bars and other savory options are better ideas here.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 213calProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 338mgTotal Carbs: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 16gNet Carbs: 19gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1.4mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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18 Comments

  1. Avatar Christine says:

    Fabulous as is, no substitions needed. It took 3 tbsps of water and they were perfect!
    .5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed them, Christine! 😊

  2. These are great! I modify them a little for our family. Instead of 2 cups of dates I use 1 cup of dates and 1 cup of prunes. I also add 1 cup of Old Fashioned Oats to ours and roll them into little balls instead of bars.

  3. Thank you for this! I am trying to eat whole30ish, and I just need some dessert and chocolate. I went to the store yesterday and got all of the ingredients. I’m making these today!

    1. Avatar Amelia Camurati says:

      Be sure to let us know how it goes for you, Tricia!

  4. Avatar Catherine Haslebacher says:

    Yummy! Thank you! These are Perfect for my camping trip! They are so quick and easy! I was surprised at how good they are without added sweeteners. ? I eat healthy but sometimes you get tired of bland, bitter food.5 stars

  5. Avatar Shellbeee says:

    Im so excited to make this!!! If I only have sweetened shredded coconut does it not mean its whole 30 approved anymore?

    1. Avatar Savannah | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Right, you want it to be unsweetened!5 stars

  6. Could you su statute the dates for raisins or dry Cherries. I want to make the so bad but i don’t have dates

    1. You can’t – the dates account for a large part of the sweetness. Grab some dates and give it a try 🙂5 stars

      1. Great recipe! We love it as is, but it’s also easy to customize. We made a version with
        a combination of figs and golden raisins instead of dates, hazelnuts & cashews instead of almonds & coconut, and a bit of instant coffee instead of the cocoa. It was sweeter and a little citrusy.5 stars

    2. I added a pinch of sea salt and they are absolutely delicious! Thank you!!

  7. My 18 year old son is doing Whole 30 with me and these were a lifesaver. Really good and helped both of us!5 stars

  8. These were delicious! The only modification I made was to not add the water. I let the mixture go longer in the food processor to naturally release more of the almond’s oils. This helped everything stick together nicely! Thanks for this recipe – you’ve made my month!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you liked them, Paige! And great idea on letting the mixture process longer. I’ll have to try that myself! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how much you liked it 🙂5 stars

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