How to Make Cocoa Roasted Almonds

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Roasting almonds at home provides a fresh, tasty snack or addition to salads, pasta and other dishes. The cooking process adds a pleasant crunch to the texture of the nuts and makes their natural flavor more pronounced. By dusting them in cocoa powder, you impart a rich, chocolatey depth of flavor that complements a wide variety of desserts. Or, eat them by the handful as a snack. This simple item takes less than 20 minutes of prep and cooking time.

How to Make Cocoa Roasted Almonds
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Things You'll Need

  • Unsalted butter
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cocoa powder
  • Spoon or stirrer
  • Baking tray
Step 1

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Step 2

Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in the microwave per cup of whole raw almonds. Pour it into a large mixing bowl.

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Step 3

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder per cup of almonds into the mixing bowl and stir it into the butter.

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Step 4

Stir in additional complementary seasonings as desired. For example, a few dashes of sea salt make the other flavors bolder. Or, give the roasted almonds a touch of heat by adding 1 teaspoon of chili powder per cup of almonds.

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Step 5

Dump the almonds into the mixing bowl and toss them thoroughly to fully coat them.

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Step 6

Spread the cocoa almonds out in a single layer over a rimmed baking tray and put them into the middle of the oven. Stir after 5 or 6 minutes; then continue cooking for about another 5 to 6 minutes, until the aroma of the nuts is strong, and they're crisply toasted.

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Step 7

Transfer the roasted almonds off the baking tray onto another dish to cool for up to 1 hour.

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