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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crockpot Cinnamon Chocolate Almonds

Last winter I made Spicy Cocoa Roasted Pecans and I thought it would be fun to try a new recipe. I've also been firing up the crockpot a lot lately and decided it would be a great way to roast nuts! I love making anything in the slow cooker and how it makes the house smell.

I looked around and found a few recipes that I could adjust enough to work on a low sugar plan like the Belly Fat Cure or Paleo. Basically that means removing all sugars! I was SHOCKED at the amount of sugar the recipes all had. Cups of sugar, brown sugar and powders sugar! I skipped it all, but I'm pretty much over sweeteners at this point. *You could add a few packets stevia sweeteners or xylitol if you needed it sweeter. Paleo eaters could add a little Maple Syrup if wanted.

Crockpot Cinnamon Chocolate Almonds

  • 3 Cups Raw Almonds or other nuts (not roasted or salted)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao (regular cocoa will work too, but this is better)
  • Sweetener*
  • Big Pinch each of: Pumpkin Pie Spice, ground nutmeg (any other favorite spices)
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt (regular salt will work too, but this is better)
Heat your crockpot on high for about 15 minutes, with only the butter. Once the butter has melted add the nuts, stirring until they are coated with butter. Add all other ingredients, stir well, and cook for another 15 minutes on high. Turn the crockpot to low and cook 2 more hours. I gave them a good stir every half hour or so.

Once it is all done and removed from the slow cooker, I sprinkled with sea salt to taste.These will make a great hostess gift or small friend gift for the holidays! One of the craft projects I've been obsessed with lately is reusing old tins. These old coffee tins, painted, glittered or stencil, will be great filled with Cinnamon Chocolate Almonds! Cute, right?


12 comments:

  1. Great idea for friend gifts! I used to do major holiday baking (loaded with sugar!) and my friends would wait (not so patiently) for their tins of holiday goodies. I won't be spreading ill health again this year so this is a wonderful idea - thanks Amber!

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  2. that sounds great - can't wait to try.

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  3. Oh yes! I think I'll go make these right now! ;)

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  4. I will definitely be making these. I did try another recipe where you make glazed almonds in a frying pan, they were very easy and tasty. The glaze took a while to dry and it was more like brittle.
    I always used to make all kinds of sugary goodies at Christmas and I've found it difficult to find substitutes, this will be a perfect gift.

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  5. Let me know how your's turn out! I ate WAY too many of these yummy things tonight!

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  6. I've been looking at making spiced nuts in the oven. I'd never thought to use the crockpot! (Did you get the email I'd sent regarding the nut butters? I'll send again...)

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  7. Amber - Thanks for always posting for us even though you are done losing the weight :) Amie

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  8. Great idea about the tins Amber. I love the nut recipe too. I made some to take to Thanksgiving at my sister-in-laws and they did have brown sugar. Not cups, but I think it was 2 TBS. Still too much sugar, and i couldn't stop eating them. What do you think would happen if you used roasted almonds. I have a ton in my freezer. Hope all is well! XO

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  9. Wow, amazing recipe! I'm converting my lousy diet to a healthy one, and I'm building a digital recipe book for it. Usually I try recipes out before adding, but this is already on the list! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I tried these and they were pretty WET. How do you get them dry enough to package in tins? I'm thinking of perhaps tossing them in cocoa powder or dehydrating them.

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    1. I laid them out on a cookie sheet for a while and they dried up. The next time I used less butter too and they were drier. Hope it worked for you!

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