Roasted Almonds with Cocoa – just 3 ingredients, 15 minutes, one pan to make an easy, nutritious snack! Naturally vegan & gluten-free too.
Since I already make a big deal about my school work, I figured I’d tell you how I kill 3 hours long video conference class on a Monday evening. Thank god for my enthusiastic professor & snacks. I don’t think I could have survived without snacks and a classmate (the only class mate) who is equally enthusiastic about eating during the class. Since the vending machines in my school has zero healthy options, I just got used to carrying few snacks including these Roasted Almonds with Cocoa. I am addicted to dark chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joes, which is why I made these Roasted Almonds with Cocoa so I could justify eating them by handful as a snack. It simply requires 3 ingredients, 15 minutes of your time, and a sheet pan which I am sure is doable for anyone. Like most nuts, almonds are an excellent option for snacking – it is loaded with monounsaturated fats (good fats), antioxidants, protein, micronutrients such as vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. So basically eat almonds, the recommendation is to eat one oz // 28 grams// small handful but really who can stop at a small handful? Especially not when it is roasted and covered in cocoa + sea salt. Instead of getting wanna be ‘healthy’ snacks from the vending machine – make a big batch of Roasted Almonds with Cocoa and carry it with you during your class, work, pre workout, or just simply munch on it.
Pro tip: I have found that storing them in the refrigerator keeps them crunchy…and same goes for granola. I don’t know if it is just coincidental but it stayed fresh and crunchy when stored inside an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator.
- 2 cups whole, raw almonds
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup/agave nectar/honey (use whatever liquid sweetener you prefer)
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line it with parchment paper (or use silpat)
- In a bowl, combine almonds, liquid sweetener, cocoa powder and mix everything together until almonds are well covered.
- Spread almonds on a baking sheet, sprinkle sea salt over it and bake it for 10-12 minutes, stirring it every 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool down for few minutes and enjoy.
- Keep it covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for better texture.
If you are into snacking, here are few other sweet + savory inspirations.