Halloween is upon us, and that means candy galore. But if you're health-conscious and have a major sweet tooth, you can feel conflicted about the ingredients on the back of the candy bar – if you can't pronounce it, can it really be safe to eat? But why not treat yourself to some homemade candy? Since you make it, you'll know exactly what goes in it! Try these sumptuous homemade vegan candy bars for a healthier treat:

Vegan chocolate, almond and coconut candy bars

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 20 – 24 roasted, unsalted almonds
  • 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

Put all ingredients, except for almonds and chocolate, into an s-blade food processor until they stick together. Shape the filling into 10 to 12 rectangles, place them on wax paper-lined baking pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate, whisking in a bit of sea salt if you'd like. Then, press two almonds into each bar before dipping it into the chocolate. Refrigerate the bars for 20 more minutes, and then dip them again, giving them a double-coating of chocolate. Refrigerate one last time for 20 to 30 minutes and serve!

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