Cocoa Dusted Almonds [Vegan, Gluten Free]

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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.

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Better than candy because almonds are a) the best snack and b) full of protein, healthy fat and fiber!

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.

Cocoa Dusted Almonds [Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or a Slipat.
  2. Place almonds in a small dish.
  3. Pour melted coconut oil and maple syrup over almonds and toss until covered.
  4. Add cocoa powder to almonds and stir until covered.
  5. Place almonds in a single layer on covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 171 Fat: 13.9 g Saturated fat: 2.6 g Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Sugar: 4.0 g Fiber: 3.8 g Protein: 5.5 g

Nuts about nuts? Check out my Snickerdoodle Almonds recipe.

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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?

43 comments on “Cocoa Dusted Almonds [Vegan, Gluten Free]

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Tina Muir on February 11, 2015 6:44 am

Oh no, Cassie, these could be dangerous, I am already obsessed with nuts, and the nuts mix I am currently loving from trader joes has chocolate dusted almonds…..but now they are all gone (as I ate them all out the bag), if I make these, I will be in TROUBLE as there will be nothing else to balance it out….probably eat the whole batch ahhahah! YUM!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:21 pm

Have you had the dark chocolate sea salt and turbindo sugar almonds from TJ’s????

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 11, 2015 8:46 am

I remember being suuuuuuper analytical with my Valentine’s cards… especially when it came to that one boy you -didn’t- like and didn’t want to give any kind of false message to. I think my favourite holiday to celebrate was Halloween, though. Any chance to dress up is a good day in my books.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:21 pm

Oh my god I did the same thing!!! Glad I wasn’t alone!!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on February 11, 2015 8:53 am

YES! I’m going to make these as Valentine’s for my coworkers. Great idea.

Your recollection of who got what Valentine is so on point with Elementary school. Also the total anxiety of picking the right pack of Valentine’s. Like do I want Hello Kitty or would Rug Rats be better? I ended up going with Rug Rats because Angelica had the best VD wisdom on her cards.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:21 pm

I think I totally had Rugrats Valentine’s! And I think 101 Dalmatians a few times… such stress!

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Alanna on February 11, 2015 9:54 am

Almonds + cocoa is a win in my book! I never tried the store-bought ones because of the ingredient list but I can’t wait to try yours! Eating them all.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:20 pm

Hope you try them!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on February 11, 2015 10:19 am

I looooove these almonds. I actually just included them in my healthy snack post from last week–I may have to update it! The only problem is that I would have to portion them myself. IE. I would just eat them…
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:20 pm

I definitely was portioning them out haha.

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on February 11, 2015 10:39 am

Swwoooooooon. I keep those 100 calorie packs in my desk at work, but find that they taste pretty crappy because of the preservatives. If only you could deliver me a Valentine?!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:20 pm

NEXT YEAR?!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 11, 2015 10:55 am

Mmm yum! I love snacking on nuts!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:19 pm

Me too! So satisfying!

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Dietitian Jess on February 11, 2015 11:03 am

Nuts + Chocolate- Brilliant! Love treats that have some protein and healthy fats!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 10:19 pm

Me too!

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Chris on February 11, 2015 11:29 am

Deez look like some good nuts! Haha. Man, I loved my birthday back in elementary school because I always brought in good treats that I loved – rice krispy treats but instead of rice krispies, Mom made them with lucky charms! Yes! All the marshmallows! Boy… that was a lot of sugar thinking back on things… and yet now I want one in my mouth with a quickness!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:37 pm

Uhhhh what that sounds amazing. Marshmallows on marshmallows on marshmallows. Your mom had it down.

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on February 11, 2015 12:43 pm

Chocolate almonds are soo tasty! One of my favourite combinations ever. I could eat them everyday!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:36 pm

The ones from Trader Joe’s are dangerous!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on February 11, 2015 2:37 pm

Did you ever decorate your Valentine’s box? Like that was a MAJOR deal at my elementary school. It was necessary to have a cool af box. I don’t know why. Maybe I thought it would bring me more Valentines?
I too used to be obsessed w cocoa roasted almonds and then stopped due to the ingredients. Typical. These look fab Cass!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:30 pm

Yessss. We had bags because I lived in WV and we didn’t have enough tax dollars for boxes.

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on February 11, 2015 2:58 pm

SO I love cocoa powder…and almonds…so…yes?!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:29 pm

They are so good!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 11, 2015 3:50 pm

Sounds yummy, and yet is so easy to make. Good one! And delivery is definitely your friend in SF! :)
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:29 pm

I want frozen blueberries in a huge thing but I’m also afraid to go to city Costco… womp womp

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Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) on February 11, 2015 4:13 pm

I used to be obsessed with those chocolate nuts too! I dont know why I stopped buying them but you just reminded me that I need to try and find them again- or just make these! I have a ton of almonds in my freezer and am always looking for new ways to eat them. Chocolate Covered? Yes.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:29 pm

I need to make them again!!

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Earl-Leigh on February 11, 2015 5:28 pm

My husband is going to love these! I have everything in my cabinet to make them TONIGHT.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:28 pm

Awww I hope he enjoyed!!

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Aine @ awkwardirishgirlblogs on February 11, 2015 7:24 pm

Here in Ireland we don’t make kids give each other Valentine’s – thank God! In primary school I think we all just used to make cards for our parents in art that day? So cute.

This recipe looks amazing – reminds me of the Kinder Bueno flavoured almonds I had in Germany a few months ago! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and almonds :)
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:28 pm

Kinder flavored almonds?????? I need to find those next time I’m in Europe or someone I know is :)

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Matt on February 11, 2015 8:22 pm

Yes please!

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Farrah on February 11, 2015 8:59 pm

Oh, cocoa roasted almonds…I adore them too! They were the start of my healthy snack-loving “phase” that I never actualy grew out of! I’ve been meaning to make em’ from scratch, because I’m also no longer near anyplace that seems to sell em’! Thanks for this recipe! :]

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:28 pm

I hope they are better than the original!

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Chicago Jogger on February 11, 2015 9:00 pm

This is such a smart snack idea!! I love it. Can’t wait to try this.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:27 pm

Hope you enjoy!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on February 11, 2015 10:09 pm

Not even kidding you, I BEGGED DRUGA to make these on her blog and she never did because she doesn’t like latte toned people like me. Pinning and making, those were my favourite (to the point where I bought a box of those 100 calorie packs, eating three packs at a time).
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:27 pm

I laughed out loud SO HARD about latte toned people. Luckily she likes green toned people (aka olive aka me).

I should have just given these to Erin to post instead of stealing her thunder + theme.

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Whitney Carney on February 12, 2015 3:59 pm

Oh yum! Totally making these soon. If I had my choice of the junk-filled candies, it would be a Reeces. I remember the last time I ate one I had the worst headache the next day.. I wonder why.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:19 pm

I haven’t had a Reeces in so long… have you had the Justin’s Peanut Butter cups?

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