Cocoa-Dusted Almonds

cocoa-dusted-almonds2-1024x615One of my friends had a bowl of cocoa-dusted almonds out at her Christmas party this year.  I was obsessed at first bite.  She admitted that they were from Trader Joe’s and even showed me the package so I could check out the ingredients.  The number one ingredient, after almonds, was sugar. Of course.  I’ve been on a mission to create the addicting snack without refined sugar ever since.

I finally did it, and guess what?  You only need four ingredients.  Super easy and so delicious.  You can start now and have this amazing snack in less than 20 minutes.  You’ll forget that almonds are super healthy and what you are eating is good for you.


If you have a ball jar and a pretty red ribbon, wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s gift?  The lucky recipient could be your child’s teacher, grandpa and grandma, or your sweetheart.  I think I might just keep mine for myself.


  1. says

    Yum. I love the Blue Diamond kind but they have some funky ingredients. These sound much better. Bookmarking this recipe for sure.

    • Maryea says

      Yeah, I would try adding a little more cocoa. Mine were pretty sticky, too, but not so much that they got our hands sticky (after they were dusted w/ the cocoa). I really shook them a long time in the bag, so maybe that helped? But they did stick together a little bit in the jar. I think if you let them sit too long after roasting, they get stickier. I did notice that. I hope you still enjoy them!

  2. says

    I just finished making a batch in a matter of minutes. I also made another batch following your recipe then adding one tablespoon Ancho chili pepper into the syrup for a little kick and increased the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. I enjoy adding nuts to salads and these are sure to be a hit on my Strawberry Chicken Salad.

    Going to share with my KitchenWerks fans next…..Thank you!


    • Maryea says

      I love the idea of adding Ancho chili pepper! I’ll bet my husband would love those for his salads, too. Definitely going to try that-thanks! And thanks for sharing with your KitchenWerks fans. :-)

    • Maryea says

      Yes, I do think honey would work. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it, but I would use the same amount of honey. Let me know if you try it!

    • Maryea says

      Next time I make these I’ll snap a picture for you. :-) It might be a while, though, because I currently can’t eat almonds because of my son Luke’s intolerance (he’s breastfed). I can’t wait to eat them again though–this is one of my favorite treats!

  3. Megan Petrucelli says

    I tried this recipe, and they are delicious! However, my came out as one giant blob all stuck together. Any recommendations?

  4. Donna says

    Thank you for coming up with this recipe. My husband and I are addicted to the ones in the grocery store but I think yours will be healthier not to mention cheaper. Thanks again.


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