Crispy and creamy combine in these Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds Recipe with Sea Salt. You’ll enjoy the creamy chocolate coating over raw, crunchy almonds! If you love vegan chocolate treats, check out my recipe for Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake. Delicious! Or how about my Vegan Chocolate Meringue Pie? Perfect for this time of year!
I saw a bag of chocolate covered almonds recently and I was like, I can totally make that! So you know what? I did!
These Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds are so easy to make, and might I say, even easier to eat! 😊
The thing is, Shawn and I have been looking for healthy sweet treats to have around. I think for me, I love to have a little something sweet after dinner, but I have some criteria to meet. I want my sweet treats to be:
- Not too filling — don’t go for the bloat
- Sweet, but not too sweet
- Something to ease my pallet being done with food for the evening.
How’s that for a list? I like it! But the thing is, it’s not always easy to find the perfect sweet treat. Sometimes I’ll make my Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe or maybe even have a banana with a couple of dark chocolate chips.
Now I can add to my list these vegan dark chocolate covered almonds. It’s amazing how satisfying it is to have a few of these!
Why You’ll Love Vegan Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
This recipe doesn’t require any special instruments or baking tools. In fact, it doesn’t even require an oven. Sweet!
Of course, you could toast the almonds before coating them in chocolate, but I enjoyed these vegan dark chocolate covered almonds with raw almonds coated as is! Besides, it made them even easier to make.
So, you know me, I like to get into the health benefits. Let’s do it, ok?
First of all, almonds. Do I really need to remind you of the health benefits of almonds? Probably not, but just so we’re on the same page, here are some highlights.
Almonds are a huge source of biotin. Are you scratching your head wondering where you’ve heard of biotin before? If so, that might be a not-so-subtle hint, because biotin is the supplement you see in vitamins that talk about thick hair and nails. If thick hair and nails are a side benefit of eating vegan dark chocolate covered almonds, you wouldn’t see me complaining about that. 🙂
And in the “whole food” department, let’s talk a second about almond skins. Because the nutrients found in the skin of an almond pairs perfectly with the nutrients in the almond itself and together they deliver even more phytonutrients (including antioxidants) to you.
Almonds can reduce after-meal blood sugar spikes. I frequently will have a hot cup of tea with a little bit of cinnamon after a meal because cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar spikes which can lead to inflammation and a number of other conditions like diabetes. And so now I can add almonds to the list because they have the same benefit. Almonds can also lower cholesterol (the LDL variety). I encourage you to listen to Dr. Greger talk about the ways that almonds help reduce blood sugar spikes. It’s so informative!
These are just the highlights. There are a lot of nutritional benefits to eating almonds. I definitely add a few almonds to my diet every day now.
For the health benefits of dark chocolate, I return to Dr. Greger and his expertise on plant-based nutrition. Chocolate is kind of complicated, however, by the fact that most of these studies related to cocoa powder. I happen to love cocoa powder — I drink it like a tea, by adding a teaspoon to a cup of hot water. It’s delicious! You can check out my recipe for Green Tea Infused Skinny Hot Cocoa. It’s my favorite go-to winter drink. However, the same components in cocoa powder can also be found in the dark, semi-sweet chocolate used in this recipe. The good news? Dark chocolate (without milk) can increase antioxidants and improve cardiovascular health.
So, there you have it. The health benefits of this recipe for vegan dark chocolate covered almonds.
Of course, it’s worth noting that there with any indulgence, it’s good to pay attention to the amount you eat. I’ve certainly had to learn this over the years, that even when you’re eating healthy, plant-based foods, you can still eat too much of it if you’re not careful. I’m gearing up for jeans season (aka, winter), so that is definitely top of mind for me right now, for sure!
Don’t Take My Word For It!
Look, I love this recipe for vegan dark chocolate covered almonds exactly the way it is, but that doesn’t mean you will. In fact, I can sing all day about how much I love this recipe, but don’t take my word for it! I encourage you to change this recipe to meet your needs! If you think you’d like something different in your finished product, I say go for it! Make this recipe your own! And if you need some tips to get started, here’s some ways I’d change this recipe up a tad:
- How about adding a sprinkling of cinnamon to the cocoa powder topping? Yum!
- If you prefer a crunchier almond, you could toast the almonds before coating them in chocolate
- You could try different nuts, or combine several together in one batch
- I love coconut so I could see adding a little bit of finely shredded coconut instead of rolling the finished product in cocoa powder
There you go! You can try these tips, or come up with your own! However you slice it, these Vegan Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds are a perfect sweet treat! I could totally see adding these beauties to your favorite granola, such as my Peanut Butter Granola. Delish!
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Enjoy the healthy phytonutrients in these Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds as a snack, or served with popcorn for movie night too!
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips Bittersweet
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Or cacao powder)
- 2 tablespoons Date Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Course Sea Salt
- 1 cup Raw Almonds
Place a piece of wax paper on a baking pan.
Place dark chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for one minute. Put a plate or lid on top of the bowl and set aside until the chocolate has melted.
In a small bowl combine the coco powder, coconut sugar, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
Once the chocolate is melted, stir to make sure there aren't any lumps. Then drop the almonds in the melted chocolate, in batches of 4 - 5 pieces at a time. Stir to coat each almond. Then use a fork to transfer almonds to the cocoa mixture.
Once almonds are thoroughly coated with both the melted dark chocolate and cocoa powder mixture, place on prepared pan to allow the chocolate to set. Repeat until all the almonds have been coated.
Once the chocolate sets, store in a sealed container.
*If you don't have date sugar you can substitute coconut sugar
If you’re into delicious vegan chocolate almond recipes, you’ll want to check these out:
- Delicious Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter from Detoxinista
- Chocolate Almond Milk from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
- No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Almond Bars by Vanilla and Bean
- Oh, hey, how about these Vegan Dreamy Chocolate Almond Pie me, myself and I!
Whatever vegan chocolate almond concoction you’re creating, enjoy!