Chocolate-covered almonds with sea salt. Photo courtesy Paleo Leap.
November 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day, which made us think:
Why don’t we make chocolate-covered nuts as gifts…and, not selflessly, for our own snacking. You need only two ingredients: chocolate and nuts.
Melt the chocolate, toss in the nuts: It’s that easy.
Among the choice of confections, we think of chocolate-covered nuts as almost guilt-free.
You can use any nuts you wish, but the “magnificent seven,” those with the lowest saturated fats, are:
You can use your chocolate of choice—dark, milk, white—but the darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids—the antioxidants that provide health benefits*. Milk chocolate doesn’t have much of them.
The following recipe makes individually-covered nuts, but it’s even easier to make clusters:
You don”t have to remove individual nuts from the chocolate. Just scoop the chocolate-covered nuts out with a tablespoon.
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE COVERED NUTS
This recipe is from Paleo Leap.
Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time is 10 minutes.
Ingredients For 4 Servings
1. COVER a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring until fully melted. Stir the almonds into the chocolate, and toss until well coated.
2. REMOVE the nuts with a fork or a slotted spoon (shake to eliminate excess chocolate) and place onto the baking sheet and sprinkle almonds with sea salt. Set aside until the chocolate is set.
To make nut clusters: Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet.
3. STORE in the fridge until ready to serve.
*Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular system benefits, and support a healthy nervous system (nerve regeneration, cognitive function, etc.).