Almond Joy Coconut Sweet Bread

almond joy bread in white pan

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I think Almond Joys are underrated chocolates.

I love the combination of coconut surrounded by chocolate and that nice crunch from the almond. The flavors together are just magical and fun.

So this week, I thought, “why not turn almond joys into bread?”

I tweaked a simple sweet bread recipe to accommodate the coconut, chocolate, and almond flavors, and wow. Just wow.

almond joy bread not in pan

This sweet bread variation blows me away every time I make it. The fluffs up nicely in the oven, and the split down the top is just gorgeous. The crust stays soft, and the inside tastes like heaven.

Just remember to let this bread cool all the way before you cut it! With so many delicious ingredients, Almond Joy Bread tends to fall apart when warm. Give it some time to set, and you’ll have a dessert loaf that your friends and family will rave about.

close up on almond joy bread in pan

And want to know what else makes this bread so great?

You don’t need yeast at all. As a quick bread, this recipe doesn’t require additional rise time. Just stir the ingredients together, pop them in the oven, and you’re good to go.

Time

Prep time: 10 to 15 Minutes
Rise time: None
Cook time:  1 Hour and 15 to 20 Minutes
Total time: 1 Hour and 25 to 35 Minutes

Ingredients

For the complete Almond Joy Bread experience, you’ll want the following ingredients:

  • 240 Grams (2 Cups) All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 Grams (1 1/4 Teaspoons) Baking Powder
  • 5 Grams (1 Teaspoon) Salt
  • 175 Grams (3/4 Cups and 2 Tablespoons) White Sugar
  • 275 Grams (1 1/4 Cup) Coconut Milk
  • 4.2 Grams (1 Teaspoon) Coconut Extract
  • 56 Grams (1/4 Cup) Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 71 Grams (3/4 Cup) Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 35 Grams (1/4 Cup) Almond Slices
  • 42 Grams (1/4 Cup) Chocolate Chips

If you don’t have everything, you can make a few substitutions and still enjoy tasty bread. For example, if you don’t have coconut milk, regular milk will work fine. If you don’t have coconut extract, almond extract or vanilla extract will also work, though the coconut flavor won’t come out as strong.

You should also note that you don’t need actual Almond Joy candy bars to make this recipe. They are not involved in any part of the baking process, unless you plan to snack on them while you stir.

Additional Equipment

Almond Joy Bread doesn’t require fancy tools or equipment. However, you do need the following kitchen basics available:

And don’t forget to wear oven mitts or use hot pads to stay safe!

Instructions

Have all your ingredients and your baking gear on hand? Then it’s time to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius).

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

dry ingredients for almond joy bread

In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients: coconut milk, coconut extract, butter, and eggs.

wet ingredients for almond joy bread

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

basic almond joy bread batter

Add the remaining coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and almond slices to the mix and stir gently to combine. Although you want to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated, do not overmix or you’ll end up with a flattened loaf and the chocolate chips will sink to the bottom.

almond joy bread batter

After mixing, transfer the batter to a lightly greased baking pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the loaf. If it comes away clean, it’s done. If it has a few wet crumbs, you make need to bake for another 5 minutes.

almond joy bread ready to bake

Keep in mind that the chocolate chips make the toothpick test a little unreliable. If you have a digital thermometer, the temperature should read between 190 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit (87 and 93 degrees Celsius).

Let your loaf cool in the pan on the wire cooling rack for at least 15 minutes.

almond joy bread cooling on wire rack

After the 15-minute mark, turn out the loaf onto the cooling rack to finish cooling.

almond joy bread on tea towel

As tempting as it is to cut into the loaf while it’s fresh from the oven, resist the urge and let the loaf cool completely. If you cut into the loaf prematurely, the slices will have a much harder time staying together.

Just the Basics

almond joy bread in white pan

Almond Joy Bread

A fast and easy quick bread that blends chocolate, coconut, and almonds.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12 Slices

Ingredients
  

  • 240 Grams All-Purpose Flour (2 Cups)
  • 6 Grams Baking Powder (1 1/4 Teaspoons)
  • 5 Grams Salt (1 Teaspoon)
  • 175 Grams White Granulated Sugar (3/4 Cups and 2 Tablespoons)
  • 275 Grams Coconut Milk (1 1/4 Cup)
  • 4.2 Grams Coconut Extract (1 Teaspoon)
  • 56 Grams Butter, Softened (1/4 Cup)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 71 Grams Sweetened Coconut Flakes (3/4 Cup)
  • 35 Grams Almonds, Sliced (1/4 Cup)
  • 42 Grams Chocolate Chips (1/4 Cup)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit (176° Celsius).
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients: coconut milk, coconut extract, butter, and eggs.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add the remaining coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and almond slices to the mix and stir gently to combine.
  • Transfer the batter to a lightly greased baking pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Insert a toothpick into the loaf. If it comes away clean, it’s done. If it has a few wet crumbs, you make need to bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Let your loaf cool in the pan on the wire cooling rack for at least 15 minutes. Then turn out the loaf onto the cooling rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Don’t cut into the loaf prematurely. With the coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds in the loaf, the bread will have a harder time staying together when warm. Let the bread cool and set completely before slicing and serving. 

Secrets to Success

Almond Joy Bread is incredibly easy to make, even for beginners. You don’t have to worry about rise times or fussing with yeast.

But if you want to avoid a sunken loaf, avoid overmixing the bread. You want to stir the batter until the ingredients are just barely incorporated.

almond joy bread in pan

Also, if you have trouble with your loaf sticking to the pan, consider lining your pan with parchment paper so it lifts out easily.

Nutritional Information

Almond Joy Bread is an indulgent dessert with a lot of sugar and a lot of fun extras that add to the flavor. Because of all the sweets, it is a bit calorie-heavy.

almond joy bread nutritional information

Keep in mind that I cut my loaf into 12 slices. If your slices are bigger or smaller, then your nutrition per slice will vary.

Did You Try It?

I love hearing about your baking experience, so feel free to share your thoughts and comments in the section below. Did you leave out the almonds and make a Mounds loaf instead? Leave out the coconut and make a nutty bread? What would make this loaf better?

I’m always tweaking my recipes, so good comments and suggestions can help everyone.