Cocoa Dusted Almonds [Vegan, Gluten Free]
I used to love those 100 Calorie Cocoa Roasted Almonds packs. I guess I still love them, I just don’t go to Target or anywhere where they sell them… because if I need something from Target I have it delivered. (#sorryimnotsorry). I actually checked and thought they were full of sugar and junk and they really aren’t, compared to some other brands’ flavored almonds.
Do you remember handing out Valentines as a kid and sometimes you would get a paper Valentine with candy? My family has basically stopped buying me candy for all holidays because I don’t eat it but if I didn’t know how much sugar was in a Reece’s cup, I would be all over that. Anyway, you could give these out as gifts to teachers and friends and your health-obsessed friends instead of candy and they would probably be a pretty big fan of you.
Giving out those paper Valentines was so anxiety-inducing. I would spend hours on my floor, sorting out Valentines and analyzing the classroom checklist our teacher would give us so we didn’t “forget” anyone. I would give my close girl friends the best Valentines then give the people I liked least the least love-focused Valentines. Then it was the boy you had a crush on… and surprisingly I can remember like two boys I liked all of elementary school. I really wasn’t boy crazy
a serial dater until high school.
These cocoa dusted almonds are a great gluten free, vegan way to tell someone you love them. Or to eat as a snack and tell yourself you love you more than junk-filled candy.
- 2 cup almonds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or a Slipat.
- Place almonds in a small dish.
- Pour melted coconut oil and maple syrup over almonds and toss until covered.
- Add cocoa powder to almonds and stir until covered.
- Place almonds in a single layer on covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Nuts about nuts? Check out my Snickerdoodle Almonds recipe.
Chat with me:
What was your favorite holiday to celebrate in school growing up? Did you have extreme anxiety about who to give Valentine’s cards? What was your first crush like?