These Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds with a cocoa dusting are a homemade treat that are perfect for gifting or for enjoying all to yourself. Use quality dark chocolate to smother your roasted almonds. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

a bowl of chocolate covered almonds

Salty almonds and sweet chocolate make a delicious combo!

Dipped in melted chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder, these dark chocolate covered almonds make a perfect homemade gift. You only need three ingredients and if you’re a chocolate lover you may already have them. You need dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and cocoa powder – that’s it!

They may be addictive but don’t let that fool you! Chocolate covered almonds have plenty of health benefits. If you find yourself reaching for cookies, reach for chocolate covered almonds instead. Almonds are packed with antioxidants and vitamin E. Dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, minerals, and antioxidants as well. This is a sweet snack you can feel good about eating.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It makes a perfect DIY food gift.
  • They’re easy to make.
  • Perfect for a healthy snack or treat!
  • Store-bought chocolate covered almonds can be pricey. These homemade chocolate covered almonds are budget-friendly. You can make more for the same amount of money.

Key Ingredients

Dark chocolate – Choose a high quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa count for the healthiest option. You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate too, but your almonds will then be much sweeter and not necessarily vegan or dairy-free.

Roasted whole almonds – Roasted almonds have a nice, salty crunch. You can use raw almonds too but roasted almonds taste better.

Cocoa powder – Cocoa powder is unsweetened with a slightly bitter, rich taste. It’s the perfect way to finish the sweet chocolate. It also happens to be highly nutritious.

ingredients for dark chocolate covered almonds

Recipe Steps

Step One

Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Just be sure your tray or plate is small enough to fit in your freezer.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Place the chopped dark chocolate in a double broiler or microwave-safe bowl.

Step Three

Melt the chocolate in the double boiler or in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth. This will prevent it from burning.

how to make chocolate covered almonds

Step Four

Remove the chocolate from the double broiler or microwave. Add the almonds and stir until they are all coated in chocolate.

Step Five

Use a spoon or fork to transfer the coated almonds to your baking sheet or plate. Place the sheet or plate in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to set.

chocolate covered almonds on a sheet pan

Step Six

Transfer the chocolate covered almonds to a bowl and toss with the cocoa powder. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

sifting cocoa powder onto almonds

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you are on a vegan or dairy-free diet, be sure to look for bars of dark chocolate that do not contain dairy.
  • Dark chocolate is usually at least 70% cacao. Don’t use 100% cacao bars (or any higher than 80% cacao) as the chocolate will not be sweet enough.
  • You can use white, dark, semisweet or milk chocolate in this recipe. For vegan and dairy-free diets, try to use dark chocolate that has no dairy added.
  • If you melt the chocolate in the microwave, be sure to do it in 30-second increments. This will prevent the chocolate from burning and clumping.

FAQs

How long do chocolate covered almonds last?

Homemade chocolate covered almonds will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Can chocolate coated almonds be frozen?

Yes! If you don’t plan to eat them within two weeks, freeze in an airtight freezer-safe container or bag. Plan to eat them as soon as they defrost since they can condensate from the temperature change.

Can I use pecans instead?

Yes, you can use walnuts, pecans, cashews, or hazelnuts in place of the almonds. Otherwise, follow the recipe as directed.

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a bowl of chocolate covered almonds

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds


Description

These Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds with a cocoa dusting are a homemade treat that are perfect for gifting or for enjoying all to yourself. Use quality dark chocolate to smother your roasted almonds. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dark chocolate (about 2 3.5-ounce dark chocolate bars)
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder

Instructions

  1. Line a small baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Use a baking sheet or plate that will fit inside your freezer.
  2. Place the chopped dark chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the double boiler or in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth.
  4. Remove the chocolate from the double boiler or the microwave. Stir the almonds into the melted chocolate, ensuring that they are all coated with the chocolate.
  5. Use a spoon or fork to transfer the coated almonds to your baking sheet or plate. Place the sheet or plate in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to set.
  6. Transfer the chocolate covered almonds to a bowl and toss with the cacao powder.
  7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. If you are on a vegan or dairy-free diet, be sure to look for bars of dark chocolate that do not contain dairy.
  2. Dark chocolate is usually at least 70% cacao. Don’t use 100% cacao bars (or any higher than 80% cacao) as the chocolate will not be sweet enough.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Holiday

Keywords: healthy dark chocolate almonds, best dark chocolate almonds, dark chocolate covered almonds

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