If you love Almond Joy Candy Bars, Skinny Almond Joy Poke Cake is for you! This simple to make dessert starts with a boxed cake mix and is topped with SF pudding, Cool Whip Free and of course, coconut, almonds and mini chocolate chips!
There is no added oil in the cake. In fact, the fat comes from the coconut oil in canned coconut milk (and, of course, whatever fat is added from the one egg)! I used a "light" coconut milk here and it worked out beautifully.
The canned coconut milk didn't leave a strong coconut flavor, but it did make a tender moist cake. I may be experimenting using coconut milk to replace the oil in more cakes I make in the future! I'm not ashamed to use boxed cake mixes. I think they can be pimped up to make the most delicious desserts and they certainly save you money on ingredients and the skills needed to produce a perfect cake every time. Heck, that is why they were invented in the first place and still take up a good portion of the baking aisles at the grocery stores today.
Like any poke cake, once the cake has come from the oven and cooled, you poke several deep holes into the cake with the back of a wooden spoon that has a round handle. Space your holes out as evenly as you can. It won't be pretty! haha Once the pudding layer is mixed, it is poured right on top of and down into those holes you made. Then the cake needs to sit for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator to set up before finishing it with the toppings.
The pudding layer will create a sort of soggy cake mixture in places and that is a good thing, because it is so yummy! Sort of like when you mix your ice cream and cake together when you were a kid (or maybe you still do it today!) If you don't like SF pudding mixes, by all means, feel free to sub out regular boxed pudding mix. I used SF to help keep the calories in check. For extra pizzazz, you can drizzle some chocolate syrup over each piece before you serve it!
This cake is a great choice for potlucks or summer BBQ's. I can't wait to make this again! What will you be making this cake for?
Skinny Almond Joy Poke Cake
This simple to make dessert starts with a boxed cake mix and is topped with SF pudding, Cool Whip Free and of course, coconut, almonds and mini chocolate chips!
- 1- 15.25oz. Triple Chocolate Cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
- 1- 13.5 oz. can of light coconut milk (I used a brand with 6g of fat per serving)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. pure almond extract
- 1 - 0.9 oz. box Sugar Free, Fat Free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups 1% milk
- 1 tsp. coconut extract
- 4 oz. Cool Whip® Free
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 2 TBS. chopped roasted and salted almonds
- 1 TBS. mini chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, make cake by mixing cake mix, canned coconut milk, egg, water and almond extract on low speed of electric mixer until combined. Beat on medium for an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake as directed on cake mix box for a 9" x 13" pan.
- Remove cake from oven and allow to cool to room temperature on wire rack. Once cake is cool, with the back of a wooden spoon handle, make holes in cake, spacing about a 1/2" apart and going about half way down into cake.
- Prepare pudding mixture by whisking pudding mix, milk and coconut extract together. Mix just until it begins to thicken and quickly pour into the holes in the cake. Spread top of cake with Cool Whip® Free. Sprinkle with coconut, then chopped almonds and then mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more before serving. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, if desired.
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 2 hrs. 45 mins.
Tags: dessert, cake, chocolate, almond, coconut, pudding
Adapted from Allrecipes
Servings - 16 Serving Size - 1/16th of recipe Points Plus per Serving - 6 Points+
(estimated) Calories - 253.5, Total Fat - 6g, Carb. - 38.2g, Protein - 3.7g, Fiber - 1.1g
Renee's Notes: This cake was super yummi-licious! It really does have all the elements of an Almond Joy but with a lot less guilt. I think something so decadent tasting that comes in under 300 calories a serving is a winner! I found my coconut milk at an Asian market. If you can't find a coconut milk with the same fat content as the one I used, you can substitute full fat or another brand that has lower fat content, but remember, the estimated nutritional information I worked out will be different.
At my house, we are definitely getting busy. I can't believe my "baby" (yes my last child!) is going to graduate from HS in a few weeks. I can't say I'm looking forward to being empty nesters, but I'm hoping I will be pleasantly surprised at how it feels. Trying to stay optimistic! haha
If you like this recipe for poke cake, check out these other YUMMI-LICIOUS cake recipes that start with a boxed mix too!
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