Almonds, a favorite nut of mine, are rich in plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols. But the health benefits are lessened, when if like me, you call peanut m&m’s protein and eat candied almond by the handful.
Over the holidays, I decided to swap out the store bought for an equally delicious and healthier version of cocoa dusted almonds – sans butter or oil – that still satisfies a salty sweet tooth.
Cinnamon Cocoa Almonds
3 cups of raw almonds
1.5 tbsp of agave syrup
3 tsp of Dutch-processed cocoa
1.5 tsp of cinnamon
.5 tsp of nutmeg
sprinkle of salt
This couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine almonds and all ingredients. Stir so that almonds are fully coated. Taste and adjust for a more chocolatey or cinnamon-y flavor.
Scatter on a parchment paper covered pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; almonds will have a glossy sheen and feel slightly sticky. Sprinkle with salt and allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes.
Each Thursday I am going to feature a must-have. It could be something or the wardrobe, home, kitchen or otherwise. But it is getting the Daily Batch seal of approval.
I picked up PB2 at Whole Foods last week after hearing about how amazing it is from my sister-in-law. PB2 is powdered peanut butter. The ingredients are roasted peanuts, salt and sugar. The oil has been pressed out and all that remains is a fine powder. It becomes peanut butter when you add 1-part water for 2-parts powder.
The real benefit is that it is absolutely delicious and tastes just like peanut butter but for about 1/4 of the calories in traditional peanut butter. It is perfect on toast, can be added to smoothies, oatmeal and cereal or yogurt.
Perfect healthy snack – available at Bell Plantation, Amazon and health food grocery stores.
Must Have of the Week: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter