Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

January 28, 2011

What’s your favorite candy bar?

I have a few on my list, but Almond Joy beats the other top ranked candy bars without a question.

I love the chewy coconut, the crunchy almond, and the creamy chocolate. All those flavors and textures together just work, and work their way to my number one!

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When I saw this candy make it way to a quick bread, I had to get my mixer going immediately.

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The coconut extract in this recipe had me wanting to do a hula dance. I was starting to find myself daydreaming of warmer, more tropical places. Like Fiji! Which, by the way, would be my ultimate honeymoon destination. Funny how a little extract can totally lead the brain in a totally different direction.

It was nice to have a little mental vacation. I’m in desperate need of a break from reality. Lots of things on my plate right now and it’s getting a little overwhelming. That’s what I love about food though. When things get crazy an hour of baking seems to calm me down and transport me to a more relaxing place. Does that happen for you?

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I was so happy to have the smell of coconut wafting from my oven. It permeated my enitre house.

Wait it’s winter…what? No way.

Just as I was ready to get the bathing suit out I started to see reports of New York being slammed with snow. Back to reality.

The bread is so moist, so coconutty. It’s a yummy surprise when you find the crunchy almond. And the bread is loaded with chocolate chips. Oh did I mention that this bread gets drizzled with a coconut sugar glaze? Oh yeah!!

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So let me ask you, do you feel like a nut? If so, you need some Almond Joy Bread to calm you down.

And don’t forget about my Online Bake Sale, which is happening Monday, January 31 to help raise money for my Team in Training goal! You’ll get a sneak peek of all the goodies available in the bake sale tomorrow!

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Almond Joy Bread
adapted by Culinary Concoctions

Ingredients

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 c melted unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coconut extract
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Combine the first 6 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment,  beat ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes.

In a separate bowl, sift and combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Starting with the flour mixture alternate flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk and flour…in that order. Mix until just combined.Fold in coconut, chocolate chips and almonds.

Pour into two loaf pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted in bread comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on rack to dry. While cakes are still warm, poke several holes in the top of the cake with a wooden skewers. Drizzle Coconut Glaze(recipe follows) into the holes, and then pour as much of the glaze over the top as you prefer

Coconut Glaze

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp coconut extract

Place ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about a minute. Turn heat off but leave saucepan on burner. Glaze cake as instructed above.

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1 Katrina January 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I want to make this RIGHT NOW!! I totally buzzed this recipe and saved it in my favorites!!

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2 Becky January 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I’m running to the store to buy Almond Joys right now!
I can’t wait to make this bread, Yum! Yum! Yum!
PS Can’t wait till Monday!

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3 Jill January 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Great post and laughs at the hula dance with the extract. I need to get some of that for some sun!

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4 Evan Thomas January 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Great bread! It looks so moist; and who doesn’t love almond joys?

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5 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) January 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Oh man! I need to make this!! By the way, I’ll be posting more photos and the recipe for the Toffee Brownies for your bake sale on this evening’s post. :)

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6 Happy When Not Hungry January 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

This bread looks amazing!!! I have never used coconut extract, so definitely might have to grab some. What a creative recipe!

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7 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

I find myself opening up the bottle and just taking a tiny whiff of that coconut extract. Smells like vacation ;)

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8 Lynn January 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Yum! I haven’t thought of Almond Joy bars in years. These look great.

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9 Brandie@thecountrycook January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Yummmmmm. Looks. So. Good.!!

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10 Sandra January 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Oh my goodness… Almond Joy is my favorite, but as a bread..Got to try this..sounds fantastic and looks incredible!

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11 Kate @ Diethood.com January 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Oh that’s genius!!! I’m also a sucker for Almond Joy! Thanks for the recipe, Steph!

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12 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

Me too, can’t say no to those

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13 yummychunklet January 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

That bread looks amazing right now! And, I’m excited about your bake sale on Monday! I’m definitely bidding!

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14 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:38 am

Yahoo!! Tons of goodies to choose from!

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15 Sara January 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Look at that bread inside. So moist. So perfect with my morning coffee. I’m not a big chocolate fan. I think I would put white chocolate…but that would still work, right? :)

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16 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:38 am

Oooh…white chocolate…let me have a moment with that thought :)

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17 ann January 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

I love this. It looks fantastic. I’m definitely going to make this over the weekend.

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18 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:37 am

Yay! Let me know how you like it!

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19 Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie January 29, 2011 at 1:13 am

I always feel like a nut. :-p And I would surely have this every day, if I could. I’m dying over here. I think this is like the 10th baked goodness concoction I’ve seen in the past 5 minutes and I’m about to go bonkers. I need to bake something NOW. LOL.

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20 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:37 am

I feel like that a lot when I start looking at too many foodie posts :(

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21 Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox January 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

What a wonderful baking break from reality! I’ve seen your bake sale posted everywhere. I’m so excited for you. Fingers crossed! Toes too.

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22 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:36 am

:) Thanks Amanda! I’m very excited!! Hoping that a lot of people stop by and bid

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23 Annie January 29, 2011 at 3:26 am

This sounds so yummy! I never would have thought of making a candy bar into a quick bread. Ingenious!

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24 Mama J January 29, 2011 at 4:24 am

Hands down the best candy bar. (Next to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup perhaps.) This looks divine. And coconut glaze? Oh my. Yum.

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25 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:36 am

The coconut glaze was like the cherry on top!

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26 Jey @ The Jey of Cooking January 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

OMG, this looks AMAZING!

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27 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) January 29, 2011 at 6:34 am

Hi again! I posted the Toffee Brownie recipe on my most recent blog post. :)

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28 The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time January 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

Oh, I’m going to HAVE to make these for Hubby. This is his favorite candy bar and he’d devour this bread. Thanks for passing the recipe along.

Looking forward to Monday!

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29 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

I was bad and had a slice with some Ben and Jerry’s…that’s a sure way to devour the whole loaf in one night

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30 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) January 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

Wowza…this looks fab!

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31 Taylor January 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

This is just what I need to brighten up my winter blues! Almond Joy is one of my favorite candy too (which a lot of people find strange…..I’m not sure why) so I am bookmarking this recipe for sure! Good luck with the TNT fundraising…I ran my first marathon with TNT and it was the best experience ever! You are doing a great thing!

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32 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

That is so cool! I’m excited that you joined the bake sale too!!

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33 lil @ sweetsbysillianah January 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

i’m not a big fan of almond joy (or coconut) but this bread looks so wonderfully moist, i’ll take a slice, please! =)

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34 Claudie January 29, 2011 at 11:55 am

Coconut, almonds, chocolate… I’m sold!!! :) Lovely almond bread!

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35 Stephanie January 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Love the idea of taking the flavors of your favorite candy bar into a quick bread! This looks moist and totally delicious.

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36 Charlie January 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

This bread sounds so goooood!!! :)
Note to self: need coconut extract.

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37 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’m excited to coconutify more recipes now that I have the extract

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38 Monet January 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Oh I love this! My dad adores almond joys, and his birthday is next week. What a great little loaf I can make for him. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me. I hope you have a Saturday full of relaxation and laughter! We all need it!

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39 Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar January 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Mmm. Looks awesome. There’s so much sugar in it…would terrible things happen if you cut it a bit?

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40 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:33 am

I think you could subtract some of the sugar. Since you’ve got the sweetened coconut, and then the sugar glaze :)

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41 Jessica January 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm

This looks delicious! How long do you think this bread will keep?

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42 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:32 am

I’ve had mine under foil now for 5 days and it’s still doing good. I would say no longer than a week, maybe week and a half

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43 G Martin January 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I’m with you. Baking cookies or cupcakes or brownies is a great stress reliever–but I always make sure to share them once I’m done to fend off the temptation to eat it all myself.

As for my favorite candy bar–Godiva. I don’t buy them everyday, just for special occasions.

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44 Steph January 30, 2011 at 7:32 am

I try to do the same…sometimes I eat it all before I realize it

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45 Irena January 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

What a nice idea….home made almond joy…happiness:)

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46 Maggie @ Vittles and Bits January 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

Steph what a great idea! This looks amazing… chocolate & coconut, yummm! Only thing that rivals chocolate & peanut butter, in my opinion :)

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47 Peggy January 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Hands down, Almond Joy is definitely my favorite candy bar! Complete genius to transform it into a quickbread! Can’t wait for the bake sale goodies!

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48 Kristen January 31, 2011 at 2:35 am

My husband would think he had died and gone to heaven if I served him that bread. What a great variation on the candybar!

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49 Tonya - What's On My Plate January 31, 2011 at 4:19 am

This bread sounds HEAVENLY! I’m a sucker for all things coconut and then there had to be almonds in there too. Delish!

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50 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels January 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

What a genius idea! I LOVE Almond Joys and could eat a million of them. But in bread form is even better. I can’t wait to make this. Thank you SOOO much for recipe. It looks amazing! :)

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51 Laurie January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Love it! Buzzed it immediately! Gotta make it pronto!

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52 Terra January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

YUM!!! One of my favorite candy bars, and you make it into a bread, HEAVEN!!! Can not wait to try this:)
Take care,
Terra

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53 Sandra January 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Great idea and very buzz worthy.

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54 Debbie September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

Made this into a bundt cake…YUMMO!! Thanks for yet another great recipe :)

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55 Steph September 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

What a great idea!

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56 Choc Chip Uru March 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

This bread is simply wonderful – totally remininscent of the amazing candy bar :D
For breakfast ;)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Traditional Lemon Meringue Tart

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57 Petrea September 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Do you actually have a coconut extract or do you have (and use) an imitation coconut flavoring? I have trouble finding extracts as opposed to imitation flavors sometimes. Thanks for posting.

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58 Steph September 27, 2012 at 5:32 am

Hi Petra! I just used imitation coconut flavoring :)

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