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Were you/are you an Almond Joy or a Mounds person?

Hmmm. Thought so. I mean, you look like the type of person that would say that.

Oh, how about me, you ask?

Well, as a child, it was Mounds hands down. I didn’t really like my chocolate mingling with nuts- unless of course it was a Snickers bar. Of course, peanuts don’t really count. The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut, duh. But as an adult? Almond Joy. You get the surprise crunch in the middle, without overloading it.

I think this is how most people operate. As a kid, you’re just like “gimmegimmegimme” with the chocolate and you don’t care what the hell is in it- just stuff it in your mouth hole already and let the sugar buzz begin. As time goes on, you look for more crunch, more texture, and more layers. You get giddy when you eat something that has salty and sweet all rolled into one. You see that dessert is an art form- marriage between ingredients is sacred. You know what else is sacred? The brownie.

What if you could have a candy bar IN a brownie? This ain’t no April Fools Joke.

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It’s not a lovers quarrel either- it’s definitely a match worthy of marriage. It’s a keeper. I have just begun my candy bar brownie smash experiments, and already I love them.

In the spirit of Easter Sunday, I started this dessert love fest by making brownies, in honor of the Almond Joy. I decided to stretch my dessert muscles and bake something. I didn’t just want candy. I wanted super happy fun time with cake and candy and an explosion of deliciousness. The result was a a treat that was moist, flavorful, and textured; satisfying the sweet tooth but not giving it a tooth ache.

In other words? They rock.

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For Easter, try these cruelty-free Almond Joy inspired brownies. The best part is, that if you were/are a Mounds person, you can easily adjust it- simply leave out the almonds and almond extract and viola: you have Mounds brownies. Yup, I’m a magician!

Almond Joy Vegan Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 C unbleached white flour
  • 1 C sprouted grain wheat flour (or 100% wheat flour)
  • 1 2/3 C organic sugar
  • 2/3 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 C unrefined coconut oil (has a STRONG coconut flavor, which is what you want!)
  • 1 C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2  C chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life vegan mini chips)
  • 2/3  C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Handful of whole almonds, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients and stir.
  3. Add coconut oil, water, and extracts.
  4. Mix on high with electric beaters until smooth.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and shredded coconut, and mix again.
  6. Pour into a (coconut oil) greased baking dish (You can use an 8 x 8 pan- I used an 8 inch oval) and top with whole almonds.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
Almond Joy Vegan Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C unbleached white flour
  2. 1 C sprouted grain wheat flour (or 100% wheat flour)
  3. 1 2/3 C organic sugar
  4. 2/3 C cocoa
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp sea salt
  7. 1 C unrefined coconut oil (has a STRONG coconut flavor, which is what you want!)
  8. 1 C water
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 tsp almond extract (optional)
  11. 1/2 C chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life vegan mini chips)
  12. 2/3 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  13. Handful of whole almonds, for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients and stir.
  3. Add coconut oil, water, and extracts.
  4. Mix on high with electric beaters until smooth.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and shredded coconut, and mix again.
  6. Pour into a (coconut oil) greased baking dish (You can use an 8 x 8 pan- I used an 8 inch oval) and top with whole almonds.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
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Happy Easter!

What is your all time favorite candy bar? Share in the comments below!

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11 comments

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Oh my those look good! I haven’t had an almond joy or mounds bar in years and they were my fav! I always wanted to make a hybrid though because I liked the almond in almond joys but was never a fan of milk chocolate, I preferred the dark chocolate of the mounds.

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Ooo yes I’m a big fan of dark chocolate! I’m sure if you wanted these extra chocolatey, you could up the amount of cocoa powder. I was very pleased with how these turned out- they were reminiscent of an old favorite, but didn’t leave me with the guilty feeling after you stuff your face with candy bars lol. Thanks so much for commenting!

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These sound REAALLY good. Now I can’t get them off my mind – see what you did! : ) Thanks for linking up these tasty little treats at the Thoughtful Spot!

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Who can resist these healthy and delectable ingredients! I grew up loving Almond Joy bars! Thank you so much for sharing your with us at the Almond Joy Vegan Brownies at the Plant-based Potluck Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

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Thank you Deborah!!!

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Hi Randi,
I found your site from Deborah’s blog hop. This recipe looks great! I’m always looking for a good vegan brownie recipe to take to parties. 🙂

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Thank you so much! You can never go wrong with brownies!! Thanks for stopping by, I love Deborah’s blog hop:)

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Never have I wanted to become vegan more than reading your recipes – thanks for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday

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Lol, aw thanks! Hope you get a chance to make these- they are delicious!!

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