Homemade Coconut Mounds or Almond Joy Recipe

homemade mound recipeOne of the things my kids have come to love is chocolate and sweets.  Truthfully, so do I!  A friend recently purchased Mounds bars for my kids.  I have always loved them but oh, when you look at the ingredients, I don’t love those so much.  I caught myself thinking, why can’t I take the pure, natural ingredients and make something just as delicious?

I started experimenting and we found that we loved what we made right in our kitchen!  This homemade mounds recipe is really simple to make with just a few, wholesome ingredients.  I really prefer to use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips because they do not contain soy, gluten or dairy and are so delicious!

Depending on where you live and the time of year it is, it may be best to store these in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated.  We didn’t have any issues but it has been on the cool side lately.

Homemade Mounds Recipe


  • 1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 Cup of Coconut Manna or Coconut Butter
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of Raw Honey
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Coconut
  • 2/3 Cup of Chocolate Chips or other Chocolate


This recipe makes about 18 – 1 Tablespoon Mound Balls.

If your oil in the coconut manna or butter has separated, heat a pan of water until warm and carefully place your jar inside to warm the coconut manna.  Be sure to combine the oils into the manna or butter well before measuring it out.

Combine your coconut oil and coconut manna into a bowl.  Stir to combine.

Add in your honey and stir.

Next add in your shredded coconut 1/2 cup at a time.  Stir to combine after each addition.

homemade mounds recipeYou will notice what appears to be a milky liquid that comes off the coconut manna, I drained mine off.

homemade mounds recipeSpoon out your mixture into 1 Tablespoon balls onto a tray.  I covered my tray in parchment paper but that is not necessary.  Place in the freezer/refrigerator to harden.  Once the coconut oil and manna cool they will harden and you will have an awesome chewy goodness!  If you are making almond joy balls, now would be the time to place an almond firmly on the top of each ball.

Now you want to melt your chocolate.  You can use a double boiler to slowly melt the chocolate, stirring constantly to prevent scorching or you can melt them in your microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between.  When you have small lumps left, just continue to stir rather than reheat again to prevent scorching.

homemade almond joy recipeOnce I took my mounds out of the freezer, I rounded the edges slightly but that is not necessary.  These were delicious just like this, several disappeared at this point.

mound recipeThen I placed them one at a time in the bowl of chocolate with a spoon turning to cover.  Place each one back onto a tray.  After all are dipped in the chocolate, place your tray back in the refrigerator or freezer to harden again.

These are so delicious!  If you prefer them to be sweeter, add a bit more honey into the mix but try it first to make sure you need it!

18 thoughts on “Homemade Coconut Mounds or Almond Joy Recipe”

    1. Aw, allergies are hard. Both my daughters have dairy allergies and that can prove to be challenging! I hope you enjoy them yourself; they are delicious!

  1. These look amazing! I have a thing about coconut and chocolate… I am absolutely obsessed! These would be the perfect treat to bring along to Easter dinner. Mmmm…

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