Easy Almond Joy Coconut Viral Date Bark Recipe

How to make the best-tasting Almond Joy-inspired viral date bark recipe with medjool dates, almonds, almond butter, coconut, chocolate, and sea salt. This nutrient-dense bark is chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty. But without the refined sugar, corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. And it only takes a few minutes to make!

How to make the best-tasting EASY Almond Joy-inspired viral date bark recipe w/ dates, almonds & butter, coconut, chocolate, & sea salt.

If you crave chocolate candy bars, you will love this equally delicious but healthier alternative made with my chocolate viral date bark recipe! My Twist on the Almond Joy-Inspired viral Date Bark Recipe is a delicious snack disguised as a dessert!

I’m showing you how quickly and easily you can make my Almond Joy copycat date bark. It’s gluten-free and made with clean, nutrient-dense ingredients, including almonds, almond butter, coconut, and sea salt. You get all the satisfaction of a candy bar without excessive refined sugar, corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. And they only take a few minutes to make

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Why You’ll Love This Viral Date Bark Recipe

  • It is super quick and easy to make.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • It’s a healthier alternative to a candy bar.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Medjool dates: You can use another date type, such as Deglet Noor or Halawi. You may need to add a few extra dates to make up for the difference in sweetness.*

Almonds: You can use another type of nut, such as peanuts or walnuts. You can also use seeds, such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Almond butter: You can use another type of nut butter, such as peanut butter or cashew butter. You can also use tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds.

Chocolate chips: You can use another type of chocolate, such as chopped chocolate, melting wafers, or chocolate chunks. You can also use carob chips, a good vegan alternative to chocolate.

Coconut: You can omit the coconut and replace it with dried fruit.

Coarse sea salt: You can use another type of salt, such as table salt or kosher salt. You can also use a pinch of sugar or brown sugar to add sweetness.

*I have not tested this substitution and can not endorse the result.

How to Make My Almond Joy-Inspired Viral Date Bark Recipe

Step 1: Make the Date Layer

Slice 12 pitted medjool dates in half and place them side-by-side, in four rows of six date halves, on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with a second sheet of parchment paper and roll them out to about 1/8″ thickness using a small rolling pin.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Almonds & Almond butter

Spread the almond butter on the smashed date halves. Then roughly chop the almond and sprinkle them on the almond butter layer.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 20-second intervals in the microwave. Remove the bowl from the microwave after each interval and gently stir.

NOTE: Microwaving the chocolate for over 20 seconds at a time could cause the chocolate to overheat and become thick, clumpy, and impossible to melt again to a smooth consistency.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4. Add the Chocolate

Pour the melted chocolate over the bark and gently spread with a spatula. Be sure to cover all the nuts and the date layer.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the chocolate, the coconut, and a few of the chopped almonds. Transfer the bark and the parchment to a baking sheet and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set. Or, you can place the bark in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes until the chocolate sets. Then either break apart or cut the bark into smaller pieces to enjoy!

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Coconut Chocolate Bark Recipe Notes

Choosing Dates: Medjool dates work best for this recipe due to their natural sweetness and chewy texture. If you use other date varieties, you may need to adjust the sweetness.

Rolling Out Dates: Rolling the dates between two sheets of parchment paper makes them easier to work with and creates a uniform layer for the base of the bark.

Chocolate Melting: Be cautious when melting white chocolate to prevent overheating. Use short intervals in the microwave (about 20 seconds) and stir in between. Overheated chocolate can become clumpy and challenging to work with.

Dietary Considerations: This recipe is dairy-free and vegan, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions. Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips or wafers.

  • Store date bark in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep for up to 3 days.
  • You can also store date bark in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • You can freeze date bark if you want to store it for longer. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • When ready to eat date bark, remove it from the container and let it thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

How long will the date bark last?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the bark can stay fresh for up to one week. If you’d like to keep it longer, you can freeze it for up to three months, but remember that the texture may change slightly after thawing.

Can I use a different method to melt the chocolate?
Yes, if you don’t have a microwave or prefer an alternative method, you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil. Simply place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl, and stir until the chocolate is smooth.

How can I adjust the sweetness level of the bark?
If you find the recipe too sweet or not sweet enough, you can adjust the sweetness by reducing or increasing the amount of chocolate or almond butter used. Taste as you go and customize it to your liking.

Can I add other toppings to the bark?
Absolutely! The recipe can be customized with additional toppings like crushed pretzels or dried fruits for added flavor and texture.

Is the date bark suitable for vegans?
Yes, this date bark is entirely vegan, as it contains no animal-derived ingredients. It’s a perfect plant-based treat for everyone to enjoy.

Can I use dark chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips?
Yes, you can use dark chocolate chips if you prefer a deeper, more intense chocolate flavor. Adjust the sweetness to your taste by selecting dark chocolate with varying cocoa percentages.

Can I make the bark in advance for gifting or special occasions?
Absolutely! The date bark makes a wonderful homemade gift. You can prepare it in advance and store it in a decorative container or wrapped in parchment paper for a thoughtful and delicious present. Just ensure it’s kept in a cool place until gifting.

Is this date bark gluten-free?
Yes, this bark recipe is gluten-free. If you use gluten-free versions of these ingredients, this date bark will suit those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

How to make the best-tasting EASY Almond Joy-inspired viral date bark recipe w/ dates, almonds & butter, coconut, chocolate, & sea salt.

BEST Easy Almond Joy Coconut Viral Date Bark Recipe

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How to make the best-tasting Almond Joy-inspired viral date bark recipe with medjool dates, almonds, almond butter, coconut, chocolate, and sea salt. This nutrient-dense bark is chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty. But without the refined sugar, corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. And it only takes a few minutes to make!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Slice 12 pitted medjool dates in half and place them side-by-side, in four rows of six date halves, on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with a second sheet of parchment paper and roll them out to about 1/8" thickness using a small rolling pin. 
  • Spread the almond butter on the smashed date halves. Then roughly chop the almond and sprinkle them on the almond butter layer.
  • Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 20-second intervals in the microwave. Remove the bowl from the microwave after each interval and gently stir. 
    NOTE: Microwaving the chocolate for over 20 seconds at a time could cause the chocolate to overheat and become thick, clumpy, and impossible to melt again to a smooth consistency.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the bark and gently spread with a spatula. Be sure to cover all the nuts and the date layer.
  • Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the chocolate, the coconut, and a few of the chopped almonds. Transfer the bark and the parchment to a baking sheet and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set. Or, you can place the bark in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes until the chocolate sets. Then either break apart or cut the bark into smaller pieces to enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 156mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 6gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg
Keyword almond butter, almonds, candy bar, chocolate, coconut sugar, date bark, healthy snickers bars
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