Joy! Chocolate Almond Joy! Ah, that coveted American candy bar with the luscious coating of chocolate over coconut and almonds.
In Japan, Almond Joy slipped into my hands on 3 occasions.
- A military connection sneaked the Almond Joy off base and into my hands.
- A stop at Guam (an American territory) en route to our Christmas holiday on Saipan. (One of the Micronesian Islands.)
- Summer vacation in the States.
Believe it or not! Better than an Almond Joy candy bar.
Living in health conscious California, the Almond Joy combo still seduces the senses. Bravo to you if you disdain rich chocolate. Or abhor chocolate mingling in your mouth with crunchy almonds and coconut flakes.
I appreciate the decadent Almond Joy. However, as a grownup, I have a greater love for sweets blessed by Mother Nature. (Versus machine-made candy bars injected with chemicals.)
So, for today’s SundaySupper Back-to-School theme*1, I created Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes. Yes, it’s easier to slip a candy bar into a lunch box. (I get it. Life seems to have a way of cramming our calendars with must-dos.) Take a tiny-weeny bit of extra time to bake and frost Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes. You will be rewarded. Your chest will swell with pride. Why?!
- You care enough to create a treat with natural ingredients.
- Your love will sing loud and clear in every bite of the cupcakes.
When you finally take a break, you’ll have a treat on hand, which is 99.999% guilt-free.
(Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes do contain calories…But, better for you than a candy bar!)
Almond Joy candy bar fun in a gluten-free cupcake!
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Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes are laden with all the luscious decadence of the Almond Joy candy bar. However, all the ingredients are au naturel. No chemicals. So, smile. Enjoy the lush mingling of chocolate, coconut and almonds!
This recipe yields 14 cupcakes and is adapted from a Hold the Grain post. (The frosting recipe is a Ninja Baker original.)
1½ cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
½ cup French vanilla coconut milk creamer
¼ cup coconut oil
3 room temperature eggs
¾ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Generous 1 cup of almond meal flour
Heaping ¼ cup of coconut flour
¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1¼ cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 (8 ounce) package of vegan cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
14 raw whole almonds
Line muffin tins with cupcake cases. Preheat the oven to 350°
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Or set a heatproof bowl (like Pyrex) over a simmering pan of hot water. Once the chocolate is satiny smooth, stir in the creamer. Remove from the heat. Pour in the coconut oil. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and vinegar. Transfer the contents to the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture. Beat for a minute or two until well combined. Divide the batter between the cupcake cases.
Bake for 24-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
In the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer, fluff up the cream cheese on medium speed.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Or set a heatproof bowl (like Pyrex) over a simmering pan of hot water. (Just like the batter for the cupcakes.) Remove from the heat and add to the cream cheese. Beat until smooth Gradually add the powdered sugar. Sprinkle in the vanilla. Beat for another minute or two until the frosting is completely smooth.
Smooth the frosting over cooled cupcakes. Garnish with coconut flakes. Place one almond in each center.
Caroline of Caroline's Cooking baked a beautiful batch of Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins for our SundaySupper buffet. And assisted DB, the gourmet chef of Crazy Foodie Stunts assemble a list of crazy-good back-to-school treats.
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- Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars by Ruffles & Truffles
- Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats by Whole Food | Real Families
- Funfetti French Toast by Brunch with Joy
- PB&J Muffins by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich by Cooking Chat
- Healthy Lunchbox Snack Mix by Noshing with the Nolands
- Mini Pepperoni Calzones by The Redhead Baker
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
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- Back to School Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Fruit 'n Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Quinoa, Oat and Pecan Blueberry-Peach Crumb Bars by Simply Healthy Family
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits by An Appealing Plan
- Mother’s Ruin Punch by Food Lust People Love
- "Nut Butter" Rice Crispy Balls by Books n' Cooks
- Parmesan Crisps Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Monkey Bread by Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Waffle Pizzas by Our Good Life
- Beef Peppers and Onions Burritos by Family Foodie
- One Pot Bacon-Cheeseburger Pasta by A Gouda Life
- Oven Fried Portabello Mushroom Fries by Food Done Light
- Peanut Chicken Cutlets by Magnolia Days
- Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Cream Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Turmeric Chicken and Couscous by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes by NinjaBaker
- M&M Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oreo Rice Krispy Treats by The Crumby Cupcake
- Paleo Cherry Blondies by Pies and Plots
- Plum Crumble Bars by Feeding Big
- Stuffed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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Wishing you school days filled with lessons of love.
The Ninja Baker
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