I can’t believe Christmas is almost here.  Yikes!  I feel like there is so much still to do.  Do you feel that way?  Please, please tell me I’m not the only one.

Do you need a quick homemade gift/treat to hand out to friends and family that happens to Paleo friendly?  That is if you can actually package them up and give to your friends and family and not eat them yourself.  These little dark chocolate almonds are the ticket.  They only require a few ingredients and boy do they taste good!  The ingredients happen to be good for you too…well I like to think they are a whole lot better than those prepackaged chocolate almonds you find on the shelf.  The dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, almonds are loaded with vitamin E and magnesium, and raw cacao is linked to numerous health benefits.  Score for your friends and family (or you)! Package them up in a jar or in a food baggie tie with a pretty ribbon and you have a gift to hand out.

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because this little elf has so much to do before the big jolly ole elf arrives.  I’ll be back later this week with another holiday Paleo treat.  It will be the last “treat” for awhile so stay tune.  I’ll see you elves back here soon!

 

Dark Chocolate Cacao Cinnamon Dusted Almonds

1 ½ cups unsalted roasted almonds

1 ½ cups dark chocolate – about 2 dark chocolate bars (I used this 70% dark chocolate bar)

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Add the chocolate to a double broiler over medium-high heat.  Stirring the chocolate constantly until it is melted.

Remove from heat and stir almonds into the dark chocolate until well coated.

Place the almonds on a parchment lined or wax lined baking sheet.  Just a note: one that can fit inside your refrigerator.

Refrigerate the almonds for 30 to 60 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.  If you need things to move quicker than the 30-60 minutes place the chocolate coated almonds in the freezer.

Place the chocolate covered almonds in a large bowl and sprinkle with cacao powder and cinnamon.  Toss until well coated.

Here is a quick and easy way to package your almonds.  Recycle jars, place almonds inside and tie with ribbon and tag and you have a quick and easy gift.

Happy Holidays!

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6 Responses to Dark Chocolate Cacao Cinnamon Dusted Almonds

  1. Jenny Flake says:

    Now these almonds are totally calling my name! Hope you have a fabulous Holiday week!! xoxo

  2. Debra says:

    These look great! I’m always looking for new homemade gift ideas. Just curious how many jars you were able to fill up per recipe batch? Thanks!

  3. MDelicious says:

    Hi Debra,
    It really depends on the jars you use but I got two small 8 ounce jars filled with almonds. Hope this helps. :)

  4. Barbara says:

    We should maybe try to make these!!!!

  5. Beth says:

    Could you please expand on how you got your almonds individually coated? This is a rookie question but I made this over the weekend and it solidified into a “chocolate bark.” Still totally delicious but I would love to make them individually for Christmas this year. Thank you!

  6. MDelicious says:

    Hi Beth,

    I coated or dipped the almonds individually in the dark chocolate and gently tapped the fork (with the almond on it) on the side of the bowl with the chocolate and then placed them on wax paper to dry. :)

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