Chocolate Almonds – A Heart Healthy Treat

Chocolate almonds are a treat that packs a nutritional punch, especially when you use the right ingredients. Almonds are a healthy snack that are loaded with vitamins and minerals including magnesium. They also contain a good dose of heart healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein. Almonds are low in carbohydrates too. Chocolate – especially the dark stuff – contains compounds which are shown to be good for your heart. Studies show eating a couple of ounces of dark chocolate every day can even lower your blood pressure. Combine both ingredients and you have a chocolate treat with many health benefits.

The recipe in this article shows you how to make chocolate almonds that are low in carbohydrates and simple sugars. They are easy to make and taste better than anything you’d buy at the store. The cinnamon and sea salt compliment the chocolate so well you’ll never miss the extra sugar most recipes use.

Chocolate Almonds Nutritional Information
Servings 16
Calories 264

Carbohydrates 15 grams
Fiber 4 grams
Sugars 11 grams

Fats 22 grams
Saturated 5.25 grams
Trans Fats 0 grams

Protein 7 grams

Chocolate Almonds Ingredients
When buying the ingredients, buy the best quality you can find. The darker the chocolate, the more healthy antioxidants it contains. Buy a dark chocolate that says it is at least 65% cacao. Generally speaking, the higher the cacao content, the more bitter it tastes. Brands that I like are: El Rey, Ghiradelli, and Tazo. Whole Foods and other good supermarkets carry several varieties.

  • 1 lb. of raw almonds (with peel)
  • 28 ounces of dark chocolate. I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips.
  • 1/2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cinnamon

Making Chocolate Almonds (makes 16 servings)

1. Roast The Almonds

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pour the almonds into a baking dish and spread them out so they’re spread into a single layer.
  • Place the baking dish with the almonds into the oven.
  • Roast the almonds until their skin is a dark brown color and the almonds have a ‘nutty’ scent.
  • Take the roasted nuts out of the oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes. You can speed the process by placing them in the freezer.

2. Prepare The Chocolate

  • Pour the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the chocolate.
  • Heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted completely.
  • Stir the chocolate between each heating to help it melt faster. The chocolate will be smooth and creamy when it’s done.

3. Make The Chocolate Covered Almonds

  • Pour the cooled almonds into the melted chocolate.
  • Stir the almonds, making sure their completely covered with chocolate.
  • Pour the almonds back into the baking dish.
  • Spread the almonds with a spatula into a single layer across the dish. The almonds should not be stuck together.
  • Sprinkle the remaining salt on top of the chocolate almonds.
  • Place the chocolate covered almonds in the refrigerator.
  • Let chill for 20 minutes or until the chocolate is completely cooled and set.

3. The Final Steps

  • Remove the chocolate almonds from the refrigerator and remove from the pan with a spatula.
  • Cut the almonds with a sharp chef’s knife into 16 individual pieces.
  • Store cooled chocolate almonds in an airtight container. Stored properly, they’ll keep for several weeks.

Now you have a recipe for a delicious treat that won’t cause you to go overboard on carbohydrates or sugars. Just make sure you stick to a single serving (1 piece) a day as each has 264 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. Eaten in moderation, these chocolate covered almonds enable you to have a treat that packs a nutritional punch too!

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