cocoa roasted almonds

November 3, 2010

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Yesterday when I was eating lunch with my lunch buddies (aka teaching lady friends), one of them busted out a new snack: Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

I popped a few, only to look at the ingredient list to see there was modified potato starch in them.




You see my frustration. I’m not screaming “why” because potato starch is on my S-List. My frustration is in the “modified” part. Why are modified ingredients even needed?

So, in a fit of rage, I spit them out, stomped on them, and told my colleague never to offer me food again.

And if you actually believe me right now, you don’t even know me. :)

So, yesterday when I got home, I set out to make some of my own cocoa roasted almonds.

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Let’s all say this together now: “Roasting nuts is so easy a 3 year old could do it” (with parental supervision of course).

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Cocoa Roasted Almonds

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. GF flour (or any all purpose flour could do)
  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil & grease your sheet using spray or oil.
  2. Place almonds in a large bowl and coat with the maple syrup. Use a spoon to ensure all almonds are evenly coated.
  3. Add your cocoa powder & GF flour and mix until all almonds are coated.
  4. Roast in your oven for 25 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes
  5. Let cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

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Ball jars just make everything look prettier, no?

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I had dreams of whipping out my food processor & grinding these babies to a pulp. However, I have 3 open jars of nut butter in my fridge right now, and that didn’t seem acceptable (not to me — probably the Husband).

Instead, I enjoyed some on my morning bowl of oats. My kitchen is lacking so much fruit it is a crime right now — must go to get apples & bananas stat.

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As promised, I want to announce the winner of the Nuts Online Giveaway! The winner is Jess:

  • Jess
    October 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm · Edit

    That soup looks delish! And so easy!

    As for your giveaway, I’d love to try the chocolate covered sunflower seeds!


  • Congratulations Jess! Email me your contact information so I can get it off to the folks at Nuts Online so they can send you your prize!

    Speaking of giveaways, I got a fantastic prize in the mail today from none other than HEAB: a jar of Nutmeric! Heather is such a fantastic lady, and if you don’t know her, you should. She amazes me every day — the little HEABlet is due in less than 2 weeks, and the woman is still doing 90 minute yoga classes!

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    I will tell you the honest truth and let you know that I had to look up what Turmeric was — apparently it is a spice which aids in anti-inflammatory, a detoxifier, and has been long used by the Chinese to help with depression. Read the list of other benefits here.

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    You must know that whenever I get a food package in the mail I automatically rip open the package to have a little taste test. The verdict? Amazing. No — seriously. It’s more of a savory spread and is peppery — I cannot wait to use it in a stir-fry or something! Thanks Heather for hosting a great giveaway!!

    I’m off to go dip my cocoa roasted almonds into my Nutmeric — or something equally as exciting. Until next time!

    Question: What is your favorite way to eat almonds?

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Oooh, those look amazing. I kind of OD’d on almonds earlier this week so I’m not into any form right now! But after this week I’m sure I’ll be back to my favorites: plain, by the handful, as a snack.


    Katy @ A Healthy Shot November 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wow those look awesome! I’ll have to try making them this weekend!!
    My favorite almonds are honey roasted or chocolate covered…. but I have a feeling these might make my list :)


    missymiller November 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Awesome. I had cocoa raosted nuts on my “to-do” list because the ingredients in the store bought seem so unnecessary.

    I’m not too into flour so this recipe won’t work for me but I’ve got the wheels spinning now.

    I saw when you won that nutmeric, you lucky duck! Can’t wait to hear more…


    healthyexposures November 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I always become baffled when I see the most random ingredients in things, too. Like, really…really?! Sometimes I think companies have competitions with each other – who can add more modified substances and/or unpronouncable (uhhh, not a word…)food substances. Your cocoa roasted almonds look quite lovely, though – I should really try flavoring nuts!!


    Amy @ Second City Randomness November 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I would have to say my favorite is almond butter. Hands down. I discovered it last year and never looked back… especially the TJ’s stuff with flax seeds in it… oh my!


    carascravings November 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t know if I could choose one favorite way to eat almonds…they are great when they are chocolate covered, on oats, or chopped on salads…I can’t choose, don’t make me :)


    *Andrea* November 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    i saw cocoa roasted almonds by i think blue diamond or emerald brand at the store and was so tempted to buy them but it wasn’t in the budget ;) i will have to make your recipe!!! so easy, whicch i love


    Lauren November 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I like my almonds plain most days but recently I had chai flavored and those were pretty darn good too!


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 5:48 am

    oh my gosh – my mom would LOVE those!

    Reply November 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Cocoa roasted almonds!! I am salivating over the thought of those! You are so creative. I have been meaning to try nutmeric. I hope you enjoyed dipping your almonds in nutmeric:)


    allieatfood November 4, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Glad you made your own almonds! They look sooo darn tasty.


    Marina November 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I love eating roasted almonds, almond butter, almonds in granola…you got the picture :D Nuts are awesome


    Ashlei November 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Almond butter is my favorite way to eat almonds! :)


    Simply Life November 4, 2010 at 7:25 am

    oh what a great new snack idea!


    mayapamela November 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I bought those recently, and didn’t look at the ingredient list until I got back to my dorm. Modified potato starch and artificial flavors! I’m not a fan when an ingredient list says natural flavors, either, but artificial just puts it over the top. Plus they sort of taste like sugar alcohol-y. I’ll have to try your homemade version, and for now, I think I’ll give my cocoa almonds to my roommate, she likes them!


    Freckled Foodie November 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

    awesome! i love cocoa roasted almonds. i have to try making my own. super jealous of the nutmeric btw! :) xo.


    Natalia - a side of simple November 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I just had cocoa roasted almonds for the first time the other night! I usually don’t eat almonds but with cocoa, how can you resist?


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    it’s simple – you can’t.


    Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I can never understand why processed foods use so many STRANGE ingredients! I love that you ran to your kitchen to find a solution, I would have just bitched and moaned! ha.

    My kitchen is also mighty produce-sparse right now. I`m trying to make it without grocery shopping until the weekend though! Ack!


    Jess November 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Yum! I love almonds, and adding cocoa sounds like it would only make them better!

    Also, I seem to have won your latest nut giveaway, how can I contact you so that I may give you my address? I’m so excited that I won!


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    you can email me!


    Jess November 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    …but i can’t seem to find your e-mail…


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    haha I’ll email you! Sorry!


    TheHealthyApron November 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    omg, I try to add turmeric to whatever foods I can! This spread looks amazing! where can you buy it!


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’m not sure – I won it! :)


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Why do I only snack on raw almonds when there are recipes like this out there!? Actually, I know the answer, it’s because I’m lazy. :P But these look so good that I’m going to have to make them!


    cleaneatingchelsey November 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    these are the lazy girl’s roasted almonds! Come on!


    feerlessfood November 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

    This recipe looks great- thanks for sharing it! I think I may try it with walnuts too–ch0pped on top of a sweet potato.

    My favorite way to eat almonds is mixed with Kashi Go lean Crunch or in Trader Joes almond flaxseed butter!


    cleaneatingchelsey November 5, 2010 at 5:50 am

    That sounds really really good! I think cocoa roasted walnuts would be delish!


    eatinglikeahorse November 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Does almond butter count?! Definitely my favourite form…
    Thanks for this recipe; I saw some cocoa-dusted almonds in the supermarket the other day but looked at the ingredients and thought the same as you (plus, they cost about £3 for a small bag!)


    Arusa August 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I was on another website and someone mentioned cocoa roasted almonds and it sounded good so I decided to make them. They are right now in the oven. I really like how this recipe is so simple and natural.


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    Kait April 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    These are HEAVENLY. It is taking every ounce of self-control to not eat them all since they are supposed to be gifts…next time I need to quadruple the batch! Yum.


    cleaneatingchelsey April 23, 2012 at 5:48 am

    So glad you enjoyed them!


    Trish May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Would it still taste okay if I did not include the flour?


    Kate August 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’m making these right now! I’m debating on whether or not I should make cocoa roasted peanuts as well. Either way, mixing the almonds with peanuts and some chocolate chips will make the best trail mix!


    Lisa O. August 18, 2012 at 12:57 am

    For those that were wondering, I made these without the flour and they came out great. :)


    cleaneatingchelsey August 18, 2012 at 7:19 am

    That’s good to know Lisa! Thank you! :)


    Eva November 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I bought some in the store that said may contain milk (daughter Chelsea has milk allergy)…so I was delighted to find your version. She will be so excited when she gets home from school!

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