Roasty Toasty Cocoa Nuts

This is probably the easiest recipe ever.  I almost feel like a fraud using the word “recipe.”


As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been hankering for sweets in a major way lately.  Lord knows I have plenty of chocolate on hand, but what I was really craving was something more snack-like.

I went to Whole Foods in search of something to satisfy my appetite…

Sweet AND snacky?  What oh what could possibly meet such demanding criteria!?!  [sarcasm]

After discovering they were out of candied ginger (the tragedy!!), I made my way to the bulk bins aisle.  That’s when I had my light bulb moment.  Cocoa dusted almonds! Brilliant!  However, being a cheap thrifty hippie, I left the store empty handed.  After all, I had cocoa powder and raw almonds at home, why should I pay 200% the actual cost when I could easily make them myself!?


And that’s how these roasted cocoa almonds were born.  Naturally, I had to make the recipe my own, and since salted chocolate is so trendy right now, I thought I’d give it a go.

Salty Cocoa Roasted Almonds

  • 2/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • sprinkle of stevia (to taste)
  • 1 T. water

Add all ingredients to a bag and you’re ready to shake ‘n bake.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Once everything is coated in chocolate, dump the cocoa nuts onto a sprayed pan.


I’ve found that cutting off a corner of the bag is the cleanest (and most hassle free) way to get them out.


Try and resist the urge to not eat them all before they make it into the oven 😉

It may take a fair amount of self control, but it’s definitely worth it.  So get your paws off those raw nuts and put them on the cooking sheet.


Well done.

After 8 minutes roasting in the oven they will be done.  Seriously, eight minutes, don’t burn them.


And voila!  Sweet, salty, toasty nuts!

Can you believe I even managed to write this whole post without any crass, potty humor references to nuts?  I must be growing up.





Holy sh!tballs nuts these are good.  The marriage of salt and chocolate is pretty indescribable.  Mmmmm…

*Giveaway reminder: 3.5 pounds (yes, POUNDS) of Tropical Traditions coconut flakes may soon be yours*

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Comments (39)

  1. edenseats

    YES! salt+chocolate= yumgasim
    I make these sort of nuts often but I use coconut oil spray on the nuts to help the cocoa adhere. Sometimes I’ll even add some espresso powder for “java” nuts.

  2. JL goes Vegan

    I’m making these today! YUM!!! Such a great idea!

  3. Ana

    wow, thank you so much for this idea!!
    I tried some cocoa almonds last month and have been looking for ways to replicate it, but all the recipes I could find involved dipping them in chocolate and then rolling into cocoa, which wasn’t what I wanted.
    I can’t wait to try your recipe, they look perfect! And I know they are totally addicting.
    Thanks again!

  4. lynn @ the actor's diet

    YUMMERS!!! i love easy recipes like this with stuff i have at home all the time…

  5. hippierunner

    This came at the perfect time! I have a bag of almonds I’ve been meaning to roast since I think I’m allergic to them raw. Thanks for this yummy idea!

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  8. Courtney

    Look at you eating nuts! And whole ones, not even disguised in a recipe!??! My nut hating sister is no more… 😉


  9. elise

    I still refuse to touch walnuts or pecans…but almonds and cashews are now a-okay in my book. I’m almost normal now!! Haha

  10. Courtney

    I am still “not normal”, then, as I *still* can’t handle nuts, lol. I need to take lessons from you…

  11. Jenny

    These look fabulous! I think this will be my afternoon snack. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Angela Thompson

    Found your recipe via JLGoesVegan – Made these today and they were awesome. Fiance came home and pretty much ate the whole batch. Going to make more tomorrow for guests coming over for Christmas. I like how this is a small recipe and doesn’t make too much. I can easily double/triple as needed. Thanks!

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  20. Lesley T

    I tried these today and they were way too salty. I tripled the recipe, using 2 t sea salt and 1 t table salt. I checked the salt conversion and actually should have used a bit more sea salt. Anyone know what I did wrong?

  21. Elise (Post author)

    hmmmm…not sure…this may seem like a dumb question but you used raw nuts right?

  22. Becky

    I had the same problem with this being way too salty and I used less than called for as well. I used the Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds…I don’t think they’re cooked. Not sure what went wrong…

  23. Elise (Post author)

    hi becky. i have no idea…thats weird…ive remade the recipe several times and had no issues. i guess your salt tooth is highly sensitive?

  24. Emily

    I made this recipe and they were a little salty for my taste if just eaten alone. I put them in a batch of rice crispy treats and it was the perfect balance of salty and sweet and just a hint of chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Elise (Post author)

    awesome! way to get crafty emily. 🙂

  26. Marcy

    This was just the recipe I was looking for (minus the salt: trying to cut back!)! I was thinking this might be really good with a pinch of cinnamon and chipotle (or cayenne or ancho) powder…going to try it right NOW!

  27. Elise (Post author)

    those all sound like excellent tweaks! how did it turn out??

  28. Jess

    Found this post while searching for a good cocoa almond recipe and you were right – holy nuts these are good!!! I added in some unsweetened coconut too. I’m dying. So good!!

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  30. Smee

    Oh my goodness. Going to try this with mixed nuts later tonight…

  31. Marcy

    First time I made ’em, I could barely taste the cinnamon and chipotle. So I added more the next time…awesome! Also, since I’m not vegan, I used an egg white instead of the water the second time around, so the flavorings stuck better. Yum!

  32. Elise (Post author)

    yum! i think ill have to give it a try soon 🙂

  33. Britt

    Has anyone tried these without stevia? Or with a sweetener like honey or maple syrup instead? I like the bag idea for easy tossing & coating!

  34. Elise (Post author)

    any of those will work. i make it with maple syrup all the time.

  35. Katie

    Waaaayyy too salty.

  36. Jordan

    About how long do these keep?

  37. Camille

    I read the part about 8 minutes only about 4 minutes too late and burned ’em, but they still taste good. The next batch will be awesome.

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