October 31, 2019

Healthy Almond Joy Granola

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Healthy Almond Joy Granola. Filled with coconut, chocolate, and almonds, it's the perfect plant-based alternative to Halloween candy.

Healthy Almond Joy Granola

Happy Halloween!

I'm going to try not to rant about Halloween. Because you don't want to hear about the horrors of handing out tons of sugar-filled candy to small children who are in the process of learning how to eat healthy foods.

Nope. I'm not ranting at all.

Here's what I'll say: I have tons of fun memories from trick-or-treating. BUT I remember feeling awful after eating only a couple pieces of candy. I would love for us to celebrate this holiday, but for the sake of our health, I wish we would give children good-for-you foods.

Okay. I'm actually done now. I'm going to talk about Healthy Almond Joy Granola, which is a delicious alternative to candy. (Read: it tastes like candy, but isn't unhealthy like candy.)

Granola is such a fun treat. With a base of oats (my favorite!) it packs a nutritional punch. Plus, you can add a ton of fun ingredients to make cool flavors. Like Almond Joy!

Almond Joy bars are basically coconut covered in chocolate and topped with almonds. It's a fun, tropical combination. For this granola, I'm taking the elements, coconut, chocolate, and almonds, and mixing them into my classic granola recipe.

Healthy Almond Joy Granola Ingredients

Healthy Almond Joy Granola Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats: The base of the granola. Full of incredible fiber!
  • Date Syrup: The sweetener for this recipe. I love using whole food ingredients as natural sweetener. Date syrup is sticky and gives the granola a nice crunch.
  • Shredded Coconut or Coconut Pulp: I've been making a lot of coconut milk recently, so I have tons of coconut pulp lying around my kitchen. This granola is a great way to use up the leftovers. If you don't have coconut pulp, use regular shredded coconut!
  • Salt: A pinch of salt balances out the sweetness.
  • Almonds: Raw, whole almonds bring the almond joy essence to life!
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips: This is the good part! I'm not usually a chocolate fan, but mixing chocolate chips into a batch of warm granola is incredible. The chocolate starts to melt and it spreads all over the oats. Then, when it cools, you get huge chocolatey chunks.

Healthy Almond Joy Granola

How to Make Healthy Almond Joy Granola

Start by preheating the oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. The granola will stick to the pan, so you don't want to skip this step.

Then mix the oats, date syrup, coconut, and salt. Bake this for 10 minutes.

Stir in the almonds and bake for an additional 5 minutes. The almonds will burn if you leave them in the oven for longer than this!

Once the almonds are slightly toasted and the granola is getting crispy, remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool for 7-10 minutes. This will crisp up the granola even more!

While it's still slightly warm, stir in the chocolate chips. The chocolate will start to melt and coat the granola. YUM. Wait for the granola to cool completely and you'll have amazing chunks of almond, coconut, chocolate goodness.

Alternatively, if you want your chips to remain intact, wait for the granola to cool completely before adding the chocolate chips. Either way is delicious!

Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Though it probably won't last that long! Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus, thank you for our health. Thank you for educating us on how to feed our bodies nourishing foods. We ask for continued health and wellness. Amen.

Healthy Almond Joy Granola

Related Recipes

If you're looking for other delicious granola recipes, check out some of my favorites:

If you're looking for other creative ways to use coconut pulp, try this Coconut Lime Granola or these Toasted Coconut Chocolate Cookies.

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Healthy Almond Joy Granola

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Healthy Almond Joy Granola. Filled with coconut, chocolate, and almonds, it’s the perfect plant-based alternative to Halloween candy.















  • 1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 6 Tablespoons Date Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Coconut or Coconut Pulp
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, date syrup, coconut, and salt. Line on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the almonds and bake for 5 more minutes.
  4. Let the granola cool for 7-10 minutes, until it is crispy but still warm. Stir in the chocolate chips (they will be melty!).
  5. Allow the granola to cool completely. Enjoy!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography