Almond Joy Snack Mix

I love Almond Joy candy bars. Like love, love. Even when I was a teenager, and most teenagers would think Almond Joy’s were for old people, I still liked them. Now, here I am – what I would have considered to be old way back in the day – and I am making Almond Joy Snack Mix to satisfy my sweet tooth.

This recipe showed up in my Pinterest feed a couple weeks back – posted by the Minimalist Baker blog, which is one of my favorite. How do you go wrong with coconut and dark chocolate? You don’t. The best part of the Minimalist Baker’s blog is that most of the recipes are just a handful of ingredients and can most often be made in just one bowl, which is a total win win in my book!
The original recipe called for mixing together the coconut, almonds and oatmeal – and then pouring the delicious coconutty-almond butter mixture overtop of all before baking. I tried this the first time, but I was missing the coconut taste in the final product. I made it a second time, adding the coconut at the very end and for me, it was just perfect. I also took the recommendation made on their blog to add the dark chocolate to the warm ingredients so that it melted throughout and I would totally do it again.
What you end up with is something so chocolatey-coconutty goodness that you just aren’t sure if you should call it granola or a dessert. I went with snack mix, as a safe in between.
Some of my favorite ways to enjoy this Almond Joy Snack Mix are:
  • With a spoon. Like just the spoonful of mix and my mouth. It’s that good.
  • Mixed into peanut butter and dipped with apple slices
  • Over oatmeal. (I know, its like adding chocolate over chocolate…I’m not judging)
  • With coconut milk
  • By the handful
Almond Joy Snack Mix

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 Tbs organic sugar
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate, coarsely chopped or chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1.Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
  • 2 Mix together in a medium bowl the oats, sugar, salt and almonds
  • 3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the coconut
  • oil, almond butter and agave. Mix well until warmed through and
  • ingredients make a smooth mixture. Be careful not to overcook.
  • 4. Pour the warmed mixture overtop of the dry ingredients and mix
  • well.
  • 5. Spread the entire mix over the surface of a large baking sheet,
  • making a thin layer of ingredients. Use 2 baking sheets if needed.
  • 6. Bake at 340 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring the mix halfway
  • 7. Monitor closely after 12 - 15 minutes as it can begin to crisp
  • quickly and could burn
  • 8. After removing from the oven, carefully sprinkle the dark
  • chocolate pieces throughout and stir carefully to evenly distribute
  • the melted chocolate throughout the granola.
  • 9. Let cool and mix in the coconut flakes
  • 10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature

Instructions

  1. 1.Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
  2. 2 Mix together in a medium bowl the oats, sugar, salt and almonds
  3. 3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the coconut
  4. oil, almond butter and agave. Mix well until warmed through and
  5. ingredients make a smooth mixture. Be careful not to overcook.
  6. 4. Pour the warmed mixture overtop of the dry ingredients and mix
  7. well.
  8. 5. Spread the entire mix over the surface of a large baking sheet,
  9. making a thin layer of ingredients. Use 2 baking sheets if needed.
  10. 6. Bake at 340 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring the mix halfway
  11. 7. Monitor closely after 12 - 15 minutes as it can begin to crisp
  12. quickly and could burn
  13. 8. After removing from the oven, carefully sprinkle the dark
  14. chocolate pieces throughout and stir carefully to evenly distribute
  15. the melted chocolate throughout the granola.
  16. 9. Let cool and mix in the coconut flakes
  17. 10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature
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