The No-Bake Dessert You Need to Try This Summer: Chocolate-Coconut-Almond Bars
“Almond Joy” No-Bake Bars
Yield: About 15 bars
1 cup sliced toasted almonds (about 120g)
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (about 15g)
¼ cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa (20g)
1/3 cup dried dates (about 4.25 oz.), pitted
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup coconut butter (about 5 oz.)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Generous pinch of salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder (about 20g)
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
Pinch of salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
1 Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment. Make base layer: In a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until all ingredients are chopped and combined (don’t over mix). Press into an even layer in pan and refrigerate while you make middle layer.
2 Make middle layer: If your coconut butter has a layer of oil on top, empty the jar into a large bowl and stir to recombine it. Put all but ½ cup back into the jar. Add remaining middle layer ingredients to bowl and stir until well combined. (Do not over mix.) Spread evenly over crust; cover and refrigerate while you make frosting.
3 Make frosting: If your coconut oil is solid, place ¼ cup in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 10-second intervals just until it’s melted. Add remaining frosting ingredients (except coconut flakes) and stir until smooth. (If the other ingredients are cold and the frosting seizes when you combine them, microwave in 10-second intervals until it’s melted and smooth.) Pour over coconut layer and quickly spread. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
4 To slice, use parchment to lift out of pan. Run a chef’s knife under hot water and wipe dry; use hot knife to cut bars into pieces on a cutting board and serve. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.