Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 04:17 pm
No-Bake Almond Joy Roll is dense, chocolaty and has a creamy, sweet and smooth coconut filling. Made with just a few ingredients in under 30 minutes. Watch the recipe video tutorial below and see how simple it is!
No-Bake Almond Joy Roll
No Bake Almond Joy Roll that takes minutes to make! Chocolaty, filled with creamy coconut, and tastes like almond joy bars made easily in your kitchen. These almond rolls are incredibly easy to make, and it will be such a fun kitchen project with kids.
The “dough” is made from crushed cookies or graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, and a little water. Filled with a creamy and smooth mixture of coconut mixed with butter, powdered sugar and a little condensed milk. Also, you can make them in advance and store them for later. They can be enjoyed during the whole week when refrigerated. So, go ahead and try them as they are super delicious!
No Bake Almond Joy Roll Recipe Tips:
- You can use cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs. However, my first choice is cookie crumbs.
- If you decide to use graham cracker crumbs, I recommend adding them to the food processor. Make sure you pulse until you get a very fine “corn flour like” texture.
- For the chocolate “dough” you are looking for a very smooth and easy to work with texture. It should resemble play-dough. Add the water a little at a time, because you don’t want to make it too watery. Hence, add a little at a time, mix, knead, until you get to a smooth texture you can easily knead and roll.
- The coconut mixture should be made with sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes. Just don’t use the dried, shredded coconut, that one is not intended for this recipe.
- Add enough coconut mixture, but not too much, because it will be hard to roll.
The roll must be stored in the fridge because you don’t want the chocolate to melt. Pure and simple, this No-Bake Almond Joy Roll is deliciously good. I like it more than the almond joy bars because this roll is richer and tastes just a lot better. So it’s not just melted chocolate over coconut, the chocolate cookie layer is dense, rich and incredibly delicious.
How long will No Bake Almond Joy Roll stay fresh?
Best to store the role in the fridge. To do so, wrap tightly and refrigerate, the roll is good refrigerated for one week.
Tools/Ingredients I used to make the No-Bake Almond Joy Roll:
- Coconut Flakes – in this recipe we use sweetened coconut flakes as they will give it the most creamy and soft texture.
- Condensed Milk – I like to add extra sweetness and creaminess to the coconut filling. You can substitute this for maple syrup. However, the condensed milk will add that extra richness to the dessert.
- Cocoa Powder – investing in high-quality cocoa powder is always a good idea for a prominent chocolate flavor that shines.
- Spatula – if you don’t have one, get one right now, it’s a lifesaver!
- Plastic Wrap – a kitchen staple, available in all grocery stores, you definitely need some for this recipe.
No Bake Almond Joy Roll
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs or cookie crumbs (I highly recommend cookie crumbs)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup water (warm)
- 10 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- If using cookies, add them to the food processor and pulse until you get a fine, corn meal like texture.
- Same for the graham cracker crumbs, even if you use the crumbs, not the sheets, add them to the food processor and pulse until you get a fine, corn meal like texture.
- Add graham cracker crumbs to a large mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder and mix.
- In a small bowl mix water and sugar and microwave for 1 minute to create a syrup. Add the syrup to the crumb mixture and using a fork start mixing until combined. Using your hands combine all the ingredients, knead until they form a non-sticky easy to work dough, if needed add more warm water little by little, the texture of the dough should resemble play dough. Roll it into a ball. It should be easy to work with it, like with cookie dough.
- Lay plastic wrap on the counter, it should be roughly 16 inches long, place the cookie dough ball in the middle and using a rolling pin, roll in into a thin rectangle. Mine was 10x12. Don't worry if the rectangle breaks into some spots, just take the broken pieces and press them into place with your fingers. The dough will have a play dough texture, so it's really easy to work with. Using a knife trim the edges.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, beat together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy, for 1-2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the condensed milk and mix until combined.
- Using a spatula stir in the coconut flakes.
- Transfer the coconut mixture onto the cookie dough sheet, distribute in an even layer, ½ inch from the edges. Starting from the edge that is facing you, using the plastic wrap, start rolling the cookie dough sheet with the coconut mixture into a roll. Press well to form a log, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Do not remove the plastic wrap, store the roll in it, unwrap and slice only as much as you need to prevent it from drying out.