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Cocoa-Coated Almonds *

Long ago I used to love the Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds, but do not eat them anymore as they are not soaked and they contain Splenda (sucralose). I experimented a little and came up with this recipe that uses raw almonds (that are soaked & dried) and stevia powder to sweeten. So they are approved for sugar-free diets (most of us should try to avoid sugar anyway). These cocoa almonds are so delicious and good for you…they make an excellent snack, or addition to homemade trail mix. Feel free to double the recipe if you like.

Preheat oven to 250F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set a side.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until frothy. Whisk in the salt, stevia powder, vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon of the cocoa to combine. Add the nuts and fold in until thoroughly coated.

Pour coated nuts out onto prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tablespoon of cocoa over top of the nuts and toss gently to coatly.

Bake for 1 hour, rotating 2 to 3 times in-between and breaking apart any pieces that are stuck together. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

*Nuts are even better after stored for 1 or 2 days, as the coating dries out a little more, and they are even tastier.

Makes 1/2-pound.

*Sugar-Free / Grain-Free