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You can make these dark chocolate covered almonds in minutes. To be honest, it's my favorite kind of recipe. A healthy & delicious high protein snack that I can make super fast (the fact that there's chocolate involved is a double bonus).
If you're feeling generous, you could definitely give these chocolate almond clusters away as a holiday gift. Or just keep them as a healthy snack for yourself. They're super easy to make (and eat).
These dark chocolate covered almonds are naturally gluten free (with one simple modification to make them dairy free too).
Tools for making dark chocolate covered almonds
- Mixing bowl - Use these glass bowls that will double as serving bowls.
- Tablespoon scooper - This is the kind we have and it works great for this recipe.
- Cookie sheet - This kind looks awesome if you need a cookie-sheet refresh.
- Parchment paper - I really like these pre-cut sheets. They take the hassle out of cutting the parchment.
Ingredients for dark chocolate covered almonds
- Chocolate - Start with an unsweetened bar like this one (then add sugar to taste), or get one that's already perfectly sweetened just how you like it. Can I suggest this 70% one or this 85% bar? If you're following the keto diet, grab this keto chocolate bar made with monkfruit sweetener.
- Almonds - I like getting the dry roasted almonds like this kind. Or buy them raw and roast them yourself. Roasting definitely will boost the flavor (and crunch) of your finished product.
- Sea salt - we use this kind because it has all the trace minerals that table salt doesn't.
How To Make Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave
- Add sugar (if you started with an unsweetened bar)
- Add almonds
- Scoop onto parchment paper (or spread out the individual almonds with two forks)
- Sprinkle salt on top
- Move them to refrigerator to harden quickly (or leave on the counter).
Tips for making perfect chocolate covered almonds
- When you melt the chocolate, either do it with a double boiler or put it in a bowl and stick it in the microwave. Either way you choose to do it, be sure to break the chocolate into small pieces first. You want to be careful not to burn the chocolate, so stir continuously (and use the microwave on short spurts).
- If you choose to separate the almonds to have individual chocolate covered almonds, I recommend using two forks to split them apart. This will take longer than making the almond clusters.
- If you decide to scoop them into clusters, I've found that using a scooper like this one works really well to get uniform clusters. If you don't have a scooper, spoons work well, too.
- If you want them to be dairy free chocolate almond clusters, If you're avoiding dairy or soy for any reason, you can still eat these homemade dark chocolate almond clusters. Just make sure you're using dairy free chocolate. Most chocolate bars are made on machinery that handles milk products. So if the label says "May contain: milk"...that's what that means. If you can handle "trace" amounts of dairy, go ahead and use it. If not, make sure to get an allergy friendly chocolate bar like this one.
FAQ & Recipe Tips
How long will these dark chocolate almonds last?
Well, in our house? Not long (Ha!) But that's not because they go bad, it's because
we I have very little self control around anything involving dark chocolate and almonds.
In another house, they should last weeks. If you want to keep them even longer, you could freeze them. However, you might get some condensation on the outside when you thaw them out.
How healthy are chocolate covered almonds?
Almonds have some amazing health benefits, and so does dark chocolate. When eaten in moderation, these are absolutely a healthy snack. The great thing about making them at home is you get to decide how much sugar is in them.
What are the best chocolate covered almonds?
The best chocolate covered almonds are the ones you make in your kitchen with your favorite chocolate bar. Use this recipe and see how right I am.
Are dark chocolate almonds keto?
As long as you're using a very dark chocolate bar, or one sweetened with a keto friendly sweetener these dark chocolate almonds are keto.
- Dark Chocolate Almond Bark - Your favorite chocolate bar with delicious toppings
- Chocolate Almond Ice Cream - Dairy free & so tasty
- Cinnamon & Sugar Roasted Almonds - Simple quick treat
- Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups - Make 'em with peanut butter or almond butter - healthier at home.
- 6 ounces dark chocolate bar (OR start with 100% chocolate bar and sweeten it yourself).
- 1 cup roasted almonds
- ¼ tsp coarse salt
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave
- Add sweetener of choice if you're sweetening your own. (sugar, or coconut sugar work well)
- Add almonds to the chocolate bowl and stir to coat
- Using a Tablespoon scoop, transfer the clusters onto a parchment coated cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle salt on the top of each cluster (we love Himalayan Pink salt)
- Let harden in refrigerator or on the counter
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 cluster
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g