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Almond Candy Bars (gluten-free + vegan)

Jacqui
Make your own healthy-ish Almond Candy Bars at home. They are made with a gluten-free and vegan shortbread, topped with a sweet almond butter layer, and dipped in chocolate. These DIY candy bars require just 6 simple ingredients and are the perfect healthier indulgence.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
baking 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings 20 bars

Equipment

  • 8x8" square pan (20x20cm)

Ingredients
  

Shortbread cookie

  • 100 g coconut flour (⅔ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 70 g vegan butter, room temperature (⅓ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Almond butter layer

  • 160 g white almond butter* (⅔ cup)
  • 50 g vegan butter (¼ cup)
  • 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or 1 package of vanilla sugar (8g)

Chocolate layer

  • 130 g semi sweet chocolate chips (¾ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable, or avocado oil
  • optional: sea salt flakes, ground coconut chips + hazelnuts for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350ºF. Prepare your 8×8” square pan by greasing it and lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • To prepare the shortbread cookie put coconut flour in a mixing bowl, fluff up if it has some crumbs. Add the maple syrup and stir until fully combined and crumbly. Add the room temperature butter and mix and knead until large dough ball forms. Knead thoroughly pressing out any clumps of fat (around 5 minutes). Press the dough together to form a ball. Then transfer the dough into the prepared pan. Press into a flat square, filling out the pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. The longer you bake the crunchier the cookie gets.
  • To prepare the Almond Butter layer whisk together all almond butter layer ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat until smooth and melty. You can also gently do this in the microwave. Set aside.
  • To assemble candy bars let baked cookie cool until room temperature or just warm (I usually stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to quicken the process). Then carefully pour your almond butter layer evenly over the crust and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes to set (or longer in the fridge). The almond butter layer is set when you touch the top and it doesn’t stick to your fingers.
  • Once it has been set remove it from the freezer. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips and oil together until smooth. You can do this in a water bath, or in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well in between. Be careful not to overheat. Once melted, carefully pour chocolate evenly over your almond butter layer. Another option would be to cut the almond butter and cookie layers into thin bars and dip them in the chocolate. Sidenote: you'll need more chocolate than the recipe asks for to cover them entirely.
  • After the chocolate has been poured on top, or the bars have been dipped, place back in the freezer to set for 15 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened. Remove and cut into bars. Optional sprinkle flaky sea salt, ground coconut chips and nuts on top. Enjoy!

Notes

*Can I use other nut butter? Yes! For example, Peanut butter works amazing too.
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