There are many nights where my brain doesn’t shut down. On one of those nights I came up with the idea of making a healthy version of an almond joy. The concept was there. After I made them, they still had a strong banana flavor. They then became The Healthy Banana Almond Joy (5 ingredients). I love making sweets with few ingredients as possible. Easy to figure out the ratio of ingredients and healthier choices to pick from.
The Main Ingredients
In my mind I was thinking, I can make this taste like the actual piece of chocolate but not overly sweet. The inside of an almond joy is semi wet and not completely dry. Therefore I used less dry ingredients for this dessert. In a way it is a different version of my Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies/5 Ingredients. Ripe bananas and quick oats are the main ingredients. This is my go to, to making healthier version of cookies. The five ingredients for this healthy banana almond joy, are: quick oats, ripe bananas, raw almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes and semi sweet chocolate chips.
My plan was to cover the oats and banana mixture in chocolate but then quickly realized I did not have enough to cover each one. However, drizzling the chocolate over the almond joy turned out perfect!
When I make Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies/5 Ingredients, you don’t get that strong banana flavor. Which is why I did not think this would have been an issue with this recipe. What gave it a stronger banana taste was having a wetter consistency. I went with a wetter consistency for this recipe to get a similar texture to the actual almond joy. In the end, obviously, this recipe was not exactly like the real deal, but came out very good! I will definitely make this again!
The Healthy Banana Almond Joy (5 Ingredients)Course: SweetsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
2 large ripe bananas or 2 1/2 smaller ones
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes + more for topping
1/2 cup of quick oats
12 almonds, raw and unsalted preferred
1/3 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash the bananas until there are no chunks. Mix in the coconut flakes and quick oats. Mix and start forming 12 ovals.
- Insert an almond into each banana mixture fully covering the almond. Bake for 15 minutes. While the almond joys are baking, take the chocolate chips and melt in the microwave or using the double boiler method.
- Take a piping bag or sandwich bag and add the melted chocolate into one of the ends. Once the almond joys are done baking snip a small whole in the melted chocolate bag and drizzle chocolate into each almond joy. Sprinkle each one with coconut flakes.
- Store in fridge to harden the chocolate. Serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!