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Learn how to make this Dark Chocolate Almonds Recipe by covering whole almonds in a rich layer of homemade chocolate. The combination of the deep, dark chocolate and the crunch of almonds creates a delightful treat like chocolate almond clusters. Make chocolate covered almonds at home and enjoy it with a sprinkle of sea salt. 

Chocolate covered almonds in a white bowl.
Chocolate covered almonds in a white bowl.

I have a full bowl in the fridge and it is the best snack, whenever sweet tooh feeling comes in. Few pieces, will satisfy you for hours. Great for my kids lunch boxes or as a mix to make your homemade trailmix. 

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Mix with a platter of dried fruits like dehydrated cranberry to add more sweetness and chewiness to the almonds. Serve it with a trail mix with other nuts like walnuts, cashews, and pistachios. You can also serve them with other dessert snacks like fruit roll-ups and create a snack platter.

Why You Will Love Chocolate Covered Almonds

Dark chocolate almonds are not just a normal snack, but they are your introduction to flavor and crunch combinations. Fall in love with these almonds covered in sugar-free chocolate.

Perfect Harmony: The combination of dark chocolate and almonds creates a perfect harmony of sweetness and nuttiness, pleasing your taste buds with each bite.

Clean Eating at Its Finest: This recipe embraces the clean eating philosophy. You can relish the joy of a sweet treat without compromising on your commitment to wholesome ingredients.

Quick and Easy: With a straightforward preparation process, this recipe is a go-to for those moments when you crave something sweet but want to keep it simple.

Almond chocolate in a wooden bowl.
Almond chocolate in a wooden bowl.

Chocolate-Covered Almonds

Making this recipe is one of the most creative food snacks I did for this best clean eating blog. It is what you can make at home when you are starting to get bored with eating the same snack all over again.

Like what I made with my white chocolate-covered strawberries recipe, I just wanted to simply coat my favorite almonds in a chocolate I have in the fridge. I know it is an easy chocolate treat recipe, but it excites me to try coating my favorite nuts into a bittersweet chocolate. It is almost the same as making dark chocolate almond clusters.

Substitute for Dark Melted Chocolate

When coating fruits and snacks, dark chocolate is the common one people always use as they prefer its bittersweet taste. Whether we coat fruits or make chocolate nut clusters, we always go for dark chocolate. In my own opinion, using any type of chocolate is okay as long as it is only for family members.

Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate is sweet and creamy with a milder cocoa chocolate flavor. You can use milk chocolate for coating almonds if you prefer a sweeter and creamier flavor. It is mostly used by those with a sweet tooth.

White Chocolate

Using white chocolate for coating almonds can create a different twist on this snack recipe as it has a sweet and creamy flavor with notes of vanilla flavor. Additionally, you can consider adding dried fruits like cranberries for a burst of color and flavor.

Chocolate covered almonds in a bowl.
Chocolate covered almonds in a bowl.

How To Make Chocolate Covered Almonds Using Dark Chocolate

This recipe is one of the easiest I have made so far in my clean-eating blog. Here, I will teach you the way I did it step-by-step with images to make your almonds perfectly coated with melted dark chocolate. Let’s dive in!

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Instant Pot: Melt your chocolate perfectly and smooth using an instant pot.
  • Glass Bowl: Use this for the melted chocolate and easy dipping of the almonds.
  • Sieve: It helps to get the almonds from the melted chocolate without making it hard and messy.
  • Long Tweezers: The perfect tool for dipping each almond one by one.
  • Stick or Spoon: Use this to stir your chocolate and evenly coat your almonds.

Ingredients:

  • Almonds: Choose raw, unsalted almonds for the best crunch and maximize the nutrients in almonds. If you want to take it a little differently, you can experiment with different almond varieties such as activated almonds for a unique twist.
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate: The intensity and flavor of high quality chocolate complement the natural flavors of almonds without removing their unique taste and texture.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to some traditional fats used in chocolate coating processes. It acts as a barrier for the chocolate not to get clumpy and grainy during the melting process.
  • Sea Salt: Just a little sea salt can enhance the overall taste, providing a perfect contrast to the sweetness of the dark chocolate.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS RECIPE

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare the almonds and all the other ingredients. For this recipe, you can either use soaked almonds, roasted, or raw almonds.

If you are using a chocolate bar, chop it into small pieces so it will melt more easily. Optionally, you can use chocolate chips for easy melting.

Ingredients for dark chocolate almonds.
Ingredients for dark chocolate almonds.

Second Step: Melt The Chocolate

Start melting your dark chocolate by preparing the instant pot. Place in a glass bowl and melt the chocolate in a medium heat on top of the boiling water. 

Stir the chocolate with coconut oil while melting to combine them perfectly. Be patient as slow melting ensures a smooth and perfect chocolate texture. Try tempering the chocolate for a smoother chocolate bloom.

Optionally, you can use a double boiler or microwave for this step.

Chocolate with coconut oil inside double boiler.
Chocolate with coconut oil.

Third Step: Dip The Almonds

Once the chocolate is set and completely melted, fold the almonds into the chocolate. Coat the almonds and make sure they are evenly coated in chocolate. You can stir the almonds with a stick or spoon to coat them perfectly.

Mixing almonds inside melted chocolate.
Mixing almonds inside melted chocolate.

Fourth Step: Strain The Almonds

Using a small sieve, get all the coated almonds from the bowl removing all the excess chocolate. Either way, you can get each almond using a long tweezer or thongs.

On a baking sheet, place the chocolate coated almonds creating each space from the other to prevent sticking.

Straining almonds from melted chocolate.
Straining almonds from melted chocolate.

Fifth Step: Toppings

After making sure the almonds are covered in chocolate, the finishing touch is sprinkling a pinch of flaky sea salt over the homemade chocolate covered almonds. I suggest sprinkling the toppings you want before chilling them while the chocolate is still smooth.

Let your dark chocolate sea salt almonds set and enjoy it later when they are ready.

Spreading salt crystals onto almonds.
Salt crystals and almonds.

TRICKS AND TIPS FOR MAKING CHOCOLATE ALMONDS:

  • Baking sheet – whenever I make chocolate-coated food, I always prepare a baking sheet or parchment paper to let them set. It is the best for preventing the food from sticking not just only in baking.
  • Medium heat for melting – use gentle heat when melting the dark chocolate and coconut oil to avoid scorching and making the chocolate bitter. Also, tempered chocolate is best for coating.
  • Roast almonds – most people like toasting the almonds before dipping them into chocolate, and you can try them too because they are good as I have tried them from the store-bought ones.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Is The Purpose Of Sea Salt?

The main purpose of the sea salt is to balance the flavor of the chocolate-covered almonds. As you see, the flavor of the sea salt contrasts with the sweetness of chocolate and the nuttiness of almonds so they are all perfect to combine. Adding flaky sea salt and turbinado sugar could also be a good idea if you make clusters covered in chocolate.

Can I Make Chocolate Almond Clusters With Roasted Almonds?

Yes, you can. Making chocolate almond clusters with roasted almonds is a good and simple process you can do at home with your leftover almonds. This recipe combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate with the crunchiness of roasted almonds, resulting in a satisfying and sweet treat.

What to Serve With Chocolate Covered Nuts?

Serve your almonds with fresh fruits from your grocery list like berries because they add a burst of fruity freshness that complements the flavor of dark chocolate. You can also pair them with bite-sized pastries like gluten-free pretzels and brioche French toast.

Chocolate-covered almonds can also be a good topping for cheesecakes like this no-bake protein cheesecake to make them more appealing.

Chocolate almonds on a baking sheet.
Chocolate almonds on a baking sheet.

How Do I Store Chocolate Homemade Dark Chocolate Almonds?

To maintain and ensure that the almonds are properly stored, you can store the chocolate coated almonds in an airtight container and place them in a cool dark place at room temperature. If you are worried the almonds might stick to each other, you can use parchment paper in each layer to prevent any sticking. 

Can I Freeze This Chocolate Recipe?

Yes, you can freeze dark chocolate-coated almonds for longer-term storage as freezing helps preserve the freshness and prevents the chocolate from melting. It is the best option if you want to store it for an extended period.

More Recipes For Snacking

Discover more of our clean eating snacks and be addicted to making everything homemade with these easy snack recipes. If you liked this chocolate recipe, I am sure you will like our white chocolate covered strawberries and blueberries in chocolate just as much, especially if you are a fruit lover.

Out of the chocolate category, we also have some fruity snacks like dehydrated cranberries and fruit roll-ups to satisfy your cravings. Try them all and you will never buy store-bought ones again.

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Easy dark chocolate almonds.
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Dark Chocolate Almonds Recipe

Zuzana Paar
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Learn how to make this Dark Chocolate Almonds Recipe by covering whole almonds in a rich layer of homemade chocolate. The combination of the deep, dark chocolate and the crunch of almonds creates a delightful treat like chocolate almond clusters. Make chocolate covered almonds at home and enjoy it with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine International
Servings 6
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the almonds and all the other ingredients. For this recipe, you can either use soaked almonds, roasted, or raw almonds. If you are using a chocolate bar, chop it into small pieces so it will melt more easily. Optionally, you can use chocolate chips for easy melting.
  • Start melting your dark chocolate by preparing the instant pot. Place in a glass bowl and melt the chocolate in a medium heat on top of the boiling water.  Stir the chocolate with coconut oil while melting to combine them perfectly. Be patient as slow melting ensures a smooth and perfect chocolate texture.
  • Once the chocolate is set and completely melted, fold the almonds into the chocolate. Coat the almonds and make sure they are evenly coated in chocolate. You can stir the almonds with a stick or spoon to coat them perfectly.
  • Using a small sieve, get all the coated almonds from the bowl removing all the excess chocolate. Either way, you can get each almond using a long tweezer or thongs. On a baking sheet, place the chocolate coated almonds creating each space from the other to prevent sticking.
  • After making sure the almonds are covered in chocolate, the finishing touch is sprinkling a pinch of flaky sea salt over the homemade chocolate covered almonds. I suggest sprinkling the toppings you want before chilling them while the chocolate is still smooth. Let your dark chocolate sea salt almonds set and enjoy it later when they are ready.

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Notes

  • Baking sheet – whenever I make chocolate-coated food, I always prepare a baking sheet or parchment paper to let them set. It is the best for preventing the food from sticking not just only in baking.
  • Medium heat for melting – use gentle heat when melting the dark chocolate and coconut oil to avoid scorching and making the chocolate bitter. Also, tempered chocolate is best for coating.
  • Roast almonds – most people like toasting the almonds before dipping them into chocolate, and you can try them too because they are good as I have tried them from the store-bought ones.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 0.2mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 0.2IUCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on January 20th, 2024
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Zuzana is the creative force and mastermind behind this scrumptious clean eating heaven. She will guide you on this delicious journey as a content creator, recipe developer, food writer, movie maker, blogger, and photographer. With her diverse skills she is dedicated to sharing delicious, healthy recipes and helpful tips with readers.

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