Chocolate Covered Almonds
[1] Chocolate-covered almonds with sea salt. Photo courtesy Paleo Leap.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters
[2] For a bigger bite (and they’re even easier to make): chocolate-covered nut clusters (photo courtesy Lindt USA).

Chocolate Covered Almonds
[3] Nuts setting on parchment paper (photo courtesy Paleo Lezap).

 

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.

  • The FDA supports a daily serving of 1.5 ounces of heart-healthy nuts.
  • Chocolate-dipped nuts have much less chocolate than the 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate generally considered to be an acceptable portion.
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    You can use any nuts you wish, but the “magnificent seven,” those with the lowest saturated fats, are:

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Walnuts
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    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

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 cup unsalted raw nuts
  • Optional garnish: sea salt (substitute chili powder, cinnamon or other spice)
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    Preparation

    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.

     
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    *Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular system benefits, and support a healthy nervous system (nerve regeneration, cognitive function, etc.).


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