‘Chocolate’ Nuts…

These nuts are a sweet treat made with Cacao powder and thus don’t have all the sugar of refined chocolate. While I absolutely LOVE chocolate and believe it has a place in a well balanced diet, these nuts are more of an everyday indulgence feeling much naughtier than they actually are. Win-win in my book! I often crave something sweet after dinner so these nuts are perfect for that. They’re also pretty easy to whip up and they store well in an airtight container in the pantry.

Ingredients

2 Cups raw almonds (cashews would also work well)

1 ½ Tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 Tablespoons maple syrup

1 Teaspoon vanilla paste

¼ Teaspoon cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of pink sea salt

2 Teaspoons boiling water

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

Method

Pre-heat oven to 190 C and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tray with baking paper.

Combine cacao, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and boiling water in a bowl and mix well until it’s a smooth paste. Add the nuts and toss them through the mixture to coat.

Spread the nuts over the baking tray and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until nuts are slightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least half an hour. Nuts will crisp up when cooled and will have a delicious crunch to them.

Store in an air-tight container in the pantry. These never last long in our house!

Have some fun with the spice mix to vary the flavour to suit your taste. I sometimes add a bit of chilli powder for a bit of punch.

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