Cocoa Almonds


Last summer, while vacationing on the Cape with my in-laws, I became smitten with a certain brand of roasted chocolate almonds. Although the ingredients aren’t all that bad, sugar is the second one listed and I’ve been trying to cut back on my intake of sweets.

So I took matters into my own hands and made a homemade version using coconut nectar; a thick, sticky sweetener that scores very low on the glycemic index.


These cocoa-dusted almonds aren’t very sweet, but they are delicious & make for a healthy anytime snack. Make sure you use high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, (I like this brand), as it is obviously the predominant flavor.  I buy my coconut nectar here, but you can swap in honey if you prefer.

Happy snacking!





Cocoa Almonds

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Keywords: almonds

Ingredients (1 cup)

  • 1 cup dry roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar or honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


Combine almonds, coconut nectar, and vanilla extract in a saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until evenly coated. Cook , stirring, for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.

Remove from heat, stir in cocoa powder, toss to coat evenly, and spread out on parchment paper to cool.

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