These protein almond joys are great as a post-workout snack or healthy dessert. They are no-bake, super easy to make, and only require a few ingredients to make!
Although I love regular desserts, when I’m prepping a sweet treat for the week, I like to make sure it has a source of healthy fats and protein. This not only helps regulate blood sugar but will also keep you more satiated than something that’s solely sugar/high carb. These are full of coconut, almond butter (optional), protein powder, and a little dose of chocolate because it wouldn’t be one of my treats without it!
What do you need to make protein almond joys?
unsweetened shredded coconut: Be sure to buy finely shredded coconut as the thicker coconut won’t work and the bites will fall apart!
Almonds: For sticking on top! If you can’t eat almonds, you could always sub cashews or pecans nut!
Maple Syrup: This is a binder and sweetener for the recipe. You can sub any sticky sweetener.
Chocolate: You’ll dip or dunk the bites in the chocolate. I like Hu Kitchen to keep the recipe refined sugar-free! (“danishealthyeats” for a discount on their site!)
Protein Powder: This is optional. You can sub almond or oat flour, just play around with the texture, as I haven’t tried it and won’t know exact subs. If you do use protein powder, be sure to use a flavor that you love. I highly recommend Macro Mike! (Use “amb-dani” for a discount!)
How to make the bites:
- Process the filing ingredients together.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
- Top with an almond. Freeze to firm up.
- Melt the chocolate. Dip each bite.
- Return to the freezer and enjoy!
How to store them:
In an air-tight container in the freezer! Let them thaw a few before enjoying!
Protein Almond Joys
- 1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 3-4 tbsp protein powder
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients, besides the chocolate, until a sticky dough forms. Taste & adjust as needed. Sometimes I love adding a tbsp or two of almond butter!
- Using a cookie scoop, drop by spoonfuls onto a lined cookie sheet. Gently press an almond into the tops of each one.
- Place in the freezer for twenty minutes or so, to harden a bit.
- In a small bowl, melt the chocolate until smooth. Dip the bottom of the almond joy (or the whole thing) into the chocolate. Return to the cookie sheet and place back in the freezer to set, about 2 hrs! Enjoy!