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Cashew Joy Vegan Candy Bars

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy Free Desserts, Dairy-Free Recipes with 6 Comments

October is what I call the beginning of dessert season. It all starts with bags of candy and chocolate bars for Halloween, followed by the pies of Thanksiving, and onto cookie swapping in December before those New Year’s resolutions set in. But have you noticed? The pies and cookies are all about homemade, while Halloween is left in the pre-packaged dust. Sure, you may not be able to pass out ‘made with love’ goodies to trick-or-treaters thanks to Halloween scares, but you can feed such preservative-free (and dairy-free!) vegan candy bars and goodies to your little ones, their classmates, and party guests.

Cashew Joy Vegan Candy Bars Recipe - Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free

I made these almost Almond Joy vegan candy bars myself, and they were met with sighs of delight. With my husband, myself, and two foodie guests as taste-testers, I can honestly say that these no bake treats are positively delicious and very easy to make. Of course, my bars didn’t come out as pretty as Hannah’s, chocolate dipping really is a skill to master, but they were every bit as delicious.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Vegan Candy Bars

This recipe is naturally dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

For tree nut-free, omit the cashews and increase the coconut to about 3 cups. Viola! “Mounds” vegan candy bars.

Cashew Joy Vegan Candy Bars
 
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Recipe by Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan and the Sweet Vegan eBook Collection.
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Serves: 24 to 48 candy bars

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar.
  2. Once smooth, switch over to a spatula, and stir in the shredded coconut and chopped cashews, until fully incorporated and no dry patches in the mixture remain.
  3. Transfer the mix into a lightly greased 8 x 8-inch square pan, and use the bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass to press down and smooth out the top.
  4. Place the whole cashews at regular intervals in even lines down the pan, pressing them in gently.
  5. Move the pan in the freezer for at least 3 hours, until chilled and firm.
  6. When you’re ready to enrobe your bars, melt down your chosen chocolate in the microwave, stirring thoroughly at 30 second intervals, until smooth.
  7. Set out a silpat or piece of parchment paper, and go retrieve the frozen coconut centers. Slice into bars, and then carefully dip them into the chocolate. A few flakes of coconut may come off, but just fish them out of the pool of chocolate and continue.
  8. You may wish to store the pieces in the freezer until the moment that you’re ready to dip them, if them seem particularly fragile.
  9. Tap off the excess chocolate, and place the bars on your silpat or parchment paper, and let cool until set.
  10. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

Notes
These are very quick to prepare, but be sure to allow for a few hours of chilling time.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

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