Chocolate covered almonds have always been one of my favorite snacks. I recently discovered the cocoa covered almonds sold by Emerald Nuts. These things are delicious and addicting. They are also full of sugar, preservatives, and extra calories. So, I decided to make my own version.
After trying a couple of different methods I came up with something that I can eat daily for a quick afternoons snack. They are also great to sneak into the movies for a healthy snack. I know you are not supposed to bring in food to the theatre, but they leave you no choice if you want something healthy (and if you want to spend less than $15). I’ve snuck in all sorts of low carb or low sugar cookies. I’ve also snuck in cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
Once, when I was a poor teenager, a large group of us from my church youth group decided to go see a movie. We stuffed hamburgers and fries in every pocket we could find on the boys in our group, cargo pants for men were all the rage. Their pants were so full they looked like they were wearing saddlebags. My addiction to oversized purses was alive and well in those days too, so my purse was filled with about four sodas as were the other girls’. We had to look like a group of hobos coming into the theatre with bulging purses and pants pockets.
These days I have a little more tact to only sneak in small amounts of healthy snacks. If I really want to be bad and go for the good stuff I’ll just buy it from the theatre. But, if you would like to try these delicious Cocoa Covered Almonds for a snack or a movie treat the recipe is below. If you would like a little variety you can substitute cinnamon for the cocoa. Let me know what you think.
1 Pound of raw almonds (about three cups)
2 Tablespoons of butter
¼ Cup of Cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons of Splenda (or your favorite sweetener)
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
2. Melt butter in small bowl in microwave. Pour almonds into large bowl. Pour cocoa, butter, and Splenda over nuts. You can adjust the sweetness to your tastes. Stir until almonds are completely covered.
3. Spread almonds evenly over cookie sheet. Place in oven. Cook for 15 minutes total. Be sure to turn almonds every five minutes to make sure they are equally coated. Remove from oven and let cool.