|All you need to make your own cocoa-dusted almonds. Photo from Happy Healthy Mama.|
Later, I spotted cocoa-dusted almonds in the bulk food section of our local supermarket, but I am just too frugal to buy them. I went on an internet search to see if I could find a recipe for these treats without the use of refined sugar. Sure enough, I found this one: Cocoa-Dusted Almonds which required only four ingredients. I had been given a large bag of whole almonds by my sister-in-law and had been using them in trail mix, etc, and I was pretty sure there were a couple of cups of almonds left in the bag that I could use for the recipe.
The only problem has been that the weather has been just too hot and humid and I haven't wanted to turn the oven on. This morning, however, the weather was nice and cool and I turned the oven on to make granola. I decided to go ahead and make the cocoa-dusted almonds. They turned out perfectly. Just like the purchased ones my friend had served.
The only caution I have is to be sure you do as the recipe instructs and use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. I was out of parchment paper so I used foil -- and the nuts did tend to stick a bit. Also, my almonds did not seem roasted enough after ten minutes, so I think I cooked them for around fifteen, stirring every three or four minutes.
What a deliciously healthy snack! They would make a wonderful kitchen gift, too. I will be making these again!