GUYS. It is freezing in LA and I could not be happier. Wait okay it’s only 63 degrees but I’ve been wearing pants and long sleeves and boots for the past two days and haven’t died of heat stroke. Success!
That being said, I am taking a break from my autumn pumpkin frenzy to give you a recipe for a non-seasonal snack. Have I told you that I’m actually sick of almonds? I didn’t even know that was humanly possible but I honestly cannot stand them, which is too bad since they’re so friggin good for you and such a healthy snack! I’ve been buying the flavored Blue Diamond kind (have you tried the pumpkin spice? actual heaven.), but they’re so much cheaper to make at home and have waaaay less sugar.
These are basically effortless and since they’re not too sweet, they’re not overly addictive to the point of zero portion control, or in other words, my biggest downfall. Just a note though, the cocoa powder does tend to get everywhere, so I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating these while reading important papers or wearing a white shirt… (:
Cocoa Roasted Almonds
2 cups of raw almonds
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 packets of stevia or truvia
~1 tbsp brown sugar for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes.
2. Remove the tray from the oven, shake the almonds around so that they bake evenly, and continue to bake them for another 5-7 minutes.
3. Cool the almonds for 2 minutes, and then pour them into a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, truvia or stevia, and brown sugar if using. Using your fingers, toss the almonds around until completely coated.
4. Once cool, move the almonds to an airtight container or eat them! They should last as long as it takes you to eat them. 🙂
Have great days, friends!