Paleo Almond Joy Cookies

So when I made those coconut peanut butter cookies the other week, I was thinking ” hmmm I wonder how these would be with almond butter instead of peanut butter”  I could call them “Paleo” that way.

Paleo ALmond Joy Cookies PineappleandCoconut 6 Paleo Almond Joy CookiesI don’t know all the strict rules of the “Paleo Diet” But from what I have heard peanut butter is generally a ” no-no” but almond butter is in. Something about a peanut actually being a legume and not a real nut. Like the almond. So for the non peanut eating people that wanted to try the peanut butter cookies I made but couldn’t, here is my almond version with an extra added bonus of a coconut milk ganache, which by the way – is killer

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A nice thick layer of ganache too. These are a softer cookie, almost cake like, similar to the peanut butter cookies, but the batter was a touch thicker, so I added in a little almond milk – and it was a good idea because I really liked how these came out.

Paleo ALmond Joy Cookies PineappleandCoconut 5 Paleo Almond Joy CookiesI hadn’t even planned on adding in the toasted coconut, but I had some leftover from my Tropical Scallop Salad, so I decided to top a couple of the cookies with it, and I liked how they looked – and tasted with it. So there ya go. The Paleo Almond Joy Cookie was born, at least my version of it.

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For the ganache, I used this new brand of coconut milk (new to me) that I just love. I actually found out about it from the blog, Against All Grain, and bought it off Amazon. Its so much better than any other canned variety plus its organic. There is a THICK layer of cream when you open the can – as there should be. And I also have been wanting to try these Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, they are soy, nut and dairy free. And really good! These made for a really good thick chocolate icing for these cookies, so you may see this again in future recipes.  Actually, I can guarantee it , I mean chocolate AND coconut? Hello..

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Paleo Almond Joy Cookies
Recipe type: Cookie, Paleo, Gluten Free
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Serves: 30
Paleo Almond Joy Cookies
  • 1 c organic creamy almond butter, well stirred
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅔ c honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C coconut flour **
  • ¼ c almond milk
  • Pinch salt
  • Coconut Milk Ganache:
  • 1 15oz can full fat Coconut milk
  • 16 oz of Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks ( about 1 ½ bags)
  • Toasted coconut chips (unsweetened) for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cookie sheets with either parchment paper or silicone bake mats/
  2. Combine the coconut oil and almond butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and if melted, stir again and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the coconut flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  4. Mix the peanut butter mixture until creamy, either with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. Add the vanilla and mix again. Add in the flour and mix until just combined. Add in the almond milk and mix again.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a heaping tablespoon amount and roll into 1½” balls, place on cookie sheet 2” apart and press gently with hand to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 min, just until the edges start to brown. Cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
  6. Make the Ganache
  7. Place the enjoy life chocolate chips in a glass or stainless steel bowl. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the coconut milk to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate chips but don’t stir for a 5 minutes. After 5 minutes gently stir until the mixture is fully combined until smooth, about 2-3 min. Let cool to room temperature and thickened. Either spoon some ganache on top of the cookies or dip the tops in. Sprinkle the tops with some of the toasted coconut immediately. Let cool completely to let the ganache firm up.
** the original recipe stated ½ c coconut flour. Two readers that have made this said it wasn't enough so I have increased the amount to 1 C. Coconut flour has the tendency to suck all moisture out of baked goods so try to see if 1 c is enough to make it a scoopable dough. If not add a little more, 1 tbsp at a time to get it there but use no more than 1½ c coconut flour. If you feel you added too much add in a little almond or coconut milk to thin back out. Its a pretty forgiving recipe so exact amount aren't necessary!


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 I gave a bag of these to  my friends Jen and Dave to sample and they loved them. I love having tons of friends as my official taste testers. Its a win-win situation.

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  1. Yes!! I want ten of these in my mouth!!

  2. Okay, I’m SO trying these. I’m in love with almond butter!
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  3. I love almond joys! They are one of my favorite candies (its the almonds for me!). These look delicious!
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    • I love coconut anything and always save the almond joys as a kid from my halloween candy stash. I liked these – not too sweet for a cookie but really good. My kids ate most of them!

  4. That ganache looks so thick and amazing! Jealous right now. Wish I had some of those.
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  5. Yummmm that looks delish! Btw, if you used agave nectar instead of honey, those could be vegan too =)
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    • I would have to do an egg replacer too – I haven’t tried any vegan baking yet. I know people make chia “egg” and flax “egg” foe vegan baking and it sounds like it works – I just have yet to venture and try vegan baking

  6. I love the flavour of almonds. These cookies look delicious.

  7. i’ve recently fallen in love with almond joy candy bars…this looks like a much more real way to enjoy them :)

  8. These look so very, very good. Will have to try them out.

  9. Girlfriend, you have been rockin’ that apron of yours! Love, love, love ALL of these ingredients and must bake these ASAP! Love everything almond, chocolate-y & coconut-y. And, not only is almond butter addicting…I’m terribly addicted to cashew butter as well! NOM… xo
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    • I made the batter but it is very runny. Not something I can make into balls. Now what? Have it in fridge to firm up. Any suggestions?

      • It should be thick batter – mine was – add a little more flour, 1 tbsp at a time. The coconut flour really sucks up moisture so you don’t want to add too much.

        • Big error in recipe . Had to add 1& 1/2 cup coconut flour to make right consistency of thickness. Knew it was too thin right away. Ok going to try it now.

          • You are the second person to tell me its too thin – I am going to change the recipe now. Thank you for letting me know -it wasn’t as runny for me but I am thinking I might have added more flour and forgot to add it to the recipe. Let me know how it works out!


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