Crispy and creamy combine in this Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds Recipe with Sea Salt. You’ll enjoy the creamy chocolate coating over raw, crunchy almonds! This Dark Chocolate Almonds Recipe is another low carb, keto friendly recipe to add a sweet treat to a low carb diet.
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! 😊
It’s good to have some go-to healthy sweet treats. 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.
Are Chocolate Covered Almonds Healthy?
Yes, dark chocolate covered almonds are a healthy treat. Let’s break down the ingredients. 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 advertised for thick hair and nails.
- 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.
- They 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.
Dark Chocolate is Healthy
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 relate 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.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds
It’s easy to make this chocolate almond recipe. All you need are these ingredients: dairy-free chocolate chips, coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia, sea salt, and raw almonds.
Combine the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second increments until the chocolate is soft and able to be stirred. Stir until creamy.
In a separate bowl stir together the cocoa powder, stevia, and salt.
Drop the raw almonds in the dark chocolate and then immediately follow that by rolling them in the cocoa powder mixture. Transfer to a tray lined with waxed paper. Once all the almonds are coated, transfer the tray to the fridge so the chocolate can set.
Use these tips and tricks to make this dark chocolate almonds recipe perfect every time:
- Use a fork to dip the almonds in the melted chocolate so you can tap off any excess chocolate before transferring to the cocoa powder mixture
- If you want double dipped chocolate almonds, allow the chocolate to set then dip again before rolling in the cocoa powder mixture
- For sugar-free chocolate almonds, I used Lilly’s Dark Chocolate Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips
- You could add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the cocoa powder topping for a change in flavor.
- If you prefer a crunchier almond, could toast the almonds for about 5 minutes in an oven heated to 300F 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
Low Carb Dessert?
These Vegan Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds are a perfect lightly sweet treat! Here’s the nutritional estimate based on the current recipe:
Calories: 107 Carbs: 8g Protein: 3g Fat: 9g Fiber: 4g Net Carbs: 4g
Love Vegan Chocolate Treats
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Dark Chocolate Covered 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 cocoa powder, sweetener, 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 and place the pan in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set. Repeat until all the almonds have been coated.
- Once the chocolate sets, transfer to a sealed container. Keep refrigerated.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Whatever vegan chocolate almond recipe you’re creating, enjoy!