If you love Chocolate Coated Nuts like I do, but don't like the health implications of eating an entire bowl of them in one sitting, this recipe is for you.
If chocolate nut ANYTHING is in front of me, I can barely keep from eating them. However, the traditional version is not the healthiest snack in the world. In the past, when I was eating sugar, I would justify eating them by thinking about the health benefits of chocolate and almonds while snacking on something that was clearly not good for me.
Well, this recipe is such a help. It is a real treat without all of the sugar and chocolate. Just enough sweetener and carob or chocolate to make the almonds taste like a treat, without enough to detract from their health benefits.
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For this recipe, you can either use a dehydrator or your oven on its lowest temperature setting. The oven temperature, however, will be too high to keep the almonds truly raw. I recommend trying the oven, seeing how you like dehydrating things, and then moving to a good dehydrator once you know you will use it. I use mine all the time!
So here is another great snack for you and your family:
Carob or Chocolate Coated Almonds
2 cups raw almonds (of course, you can substitute other nuts if you like)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup sweetener of choice. If using granulated sweetener, add just a touch of water to add a bit of moisture.
2 Tbsp cocoa powder, raw chocolate powder, or carob powder
1/2 tsp salt
Soak the almonds overnight, covered with filtered water and with 1 tsp. salt added to the water. Drain and air dry for approximately 1 hour. Melt coconut oil and mix all remaining ingredients in with it. Put nuts in a bowl and pour liquid mixture over them. Spread on cookie sheet or dehydrator tray and dry until no longer wet or sticky. (For this, set dehydrator at 125 degrees and oven at the lowest temperature.)
Store whatever almonds that are left in a container in the refrigerator.
Oh–if you are like our family, you will want to double or triple this recipe to keep them on hand!
By the way, there is a product called Wonderslim Cocoa Powder on Amazon that has virtually all of the caffeine removed from it. It is a bit pricey, but nice for those of us who love chocolate but not the caffeine!
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!