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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quick snack: Cocoa Coated Almonds

The Mr used to get these cocoa coated peanuts a few years back.  They were about $2 more than his normal peanuts and I told him I could easily make them for him with a few quick shakes.  He was more than happy to let me shake what my mama gave me.

Since then, I've upgraded a bit in cocoa powder and nuts and these bad boys were born...

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup (60g) organic raw almonds (or nuts of your choice)
1/4 tsp Valrhona 100% Pure Cocoa Powder (affiliate link) 
1 packet stevia
Coconut oil cooking spray

Just to show the difference between Valrhona (left) and Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder.  It's a preference thing but we like darker chocolate so we go with the Valrhona.  

Spread the nuts on a cookie sheet.

Give a quick squirt of cooking spray so the almonds are coated and set aside.

In a separate tiny bowl (with lid), add the 1/4 tsp cocoa

Add the stevia packet.  (I use Trader Joe's stevia)

Put on the lid and give it a shake to combine.

Like so

Put the nuts in a container with a lid.

Add the sweetened cocoa powder.

Make sure it's spread out as much as possible then put on the lid and give it a goodly shake.

When you're done, the nuts should be thoroughly coated.

Makes two servings of deliciousness and it's basically the same nutritional info as the nuts but add 5 calories.

A nice little chocolaty, protein kick when you need it!

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  1. I can vouch for these. They are delicious and make a great snack. I keep mine in my lunch cooler with everything else and typically wait until about 2 PM for that extra little boost in the afternoon time when everyone else starts circling the vending machines at work.

  2. That tiny bit of cocoa doesn't look like nearly enough to cover them that many almonds, but it is. If I had tried to create something like this I would have used waaaaay to much cocoa/sweetener. This definitely looks like something I could make and portion and leave at school for after school snacks some days. I'm always looking for healthy options that don't need refrigeration and don't take a lot of prep effort on my part.

  3. Yum! I've had cocoa ones and I've had bold spicy ones and I like them both. What I cannot eat is plain old almonds with nothing on them. I attempted to do this a few weeks ago and I gagged through it. I did buy some raspberry ones, but have not had the courage to try them yet. I'm not a "nut" fan for the most part, but am trying to branch out and eat them because I know there are health benefits. I like this recipe a lot -- into my SATW recipe file it goes! =o)


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