Make plain raw almonds a little more exciting with a dash of cocoa powder, a very light sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a shake of espresso powder for a healthy snack!
Lots of us have heard that raw almonds are super good for us. They help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) level while lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol) level. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat, the same type of healthy fat found in olive oil, which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Those little guys are also high in vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and fiber, and are an anti-inflammatory food. (Sources: here and here). Basically, they’re awesome for you!
But if you’re like me and you get tired of snacking on raw almonds since they can be a little bland, I’ve discovered an easy, relatively healthy way to make them more exciting.
Just lightly toast the almonds in a small skillet (or don’t, if you’d prefer to leave them 100% raw), add a spoonful of coconut oil, and sprinkle on a mix of cocoa powder, a little bit of powdered sugar, salt, and espresso powder. The espresso powder is optional, but I love adding it to chocolate recipes like my favorite fudgy homemade brownies (old post alert!) because it deepens that chocolate-y richness.
I’ll be the first to admit that these DON’T taste like the super decadent chocolate covered sea salt almonds you can buy, but I’d place those addictive things in the dessert category. They’re absolutely loaded with melted chocolate, and the nuts are basically an afterthought after the thick layer of chocolate. I’ve legitimately barred myself from buying them because they’re too. hard. to. stop. eating. And the serving size is 8 almonds. Ha.
But these? They’re a healthy way to get your chocolate fix for the day and to enjoy all of the health benefits of raw almonds! With 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and only 3 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup serving, they’re healthy enough to enjoy at any time of the day, even breakfast. (Speaking from experience here.) Hope you love ’em like I do!
Homemade Dark Chocolate Almonds
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I use dark chocolate cocoa powder!)
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
- Toast almonds in a small or medium skillet over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes or until fragrant and just slightly darkened. Add coconut oil, tossing almonds to coat. Remove pan from heat.
- Mix cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and espresso powder (optional) together and sprinkle over almonds. Lightly shake off the excess coating and enjoy.
Nutrition per 1/4 cup serving:
Calories: 171 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 3g Carbs: 8g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 3g Protein: 6g