Chocolate Coconut Almonds
- 2 c. Raw almonds
- Macaroon Coconut or shredded coconut
- 1 c. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 T. Coconut oil
- If desired, you can soak your almonds over night, rinse them well, and dehydrate them for 8-12 hours until dry. If you don’t want to sprout your almonds, you can just use them straight from the package!
- Melt chocolate chips & coconut oil in a microwaveable safe bowl, or over a double boiler. Once melted, toss in a bowl with the almonds. Once coated, toss with as much coconut as desired.
- Spread almonds out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let almonds harden in the refrigerator. Once the chocolate is hard, you can put them into an air-tight container and store in your fridge.
- Enjoy for your sweet cravings as a delicious snack!
If you would like more information on the benefits of RAW nuts, please read this excerpt from nuts.com: (they sell beautiful raw nuts imported from Spain. They are hard to find unpasteurized raw almonds in the U.S.)
You can order the almonds here: https://nuts.com/nuts/almonds/organic.html
Unpasteurized, Raw, Organic Almonds
Perfectly delicious, loaded with nutrition and significant in size, these unpasteurized almonds are among our best selling products. Our raw organic almonds are just that—truly raw and unpasteurized—and certified organic. Great raw almonds like these can be difficult to get in the United States, as California almonds marketed as “raw” are often steam-pasteurized, but our non-pasteurized almonds are imported from Spain.
The robust flavor of our organic almonds makes them a superior snack all by themselves, and they’re incredible in homemade trail mix or sprinkled over desserts. You can even blend our unpasteurized almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder to make your own fresh, raw almond flour.
Organic Raw Almond Nutrition
1) Lower Cholesterol: Organic raw almonds boast the highest concentration of monounsaturated fat among commonly eaten nuts. The cholesterol-lowering effect of this heart-healthy fat has been demonstrated in numerous studies. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels just as effectively as first generation statin drugs.
2) Protective Antioxidants: Almonds are one of the richest food sources of alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E that is most easily absorbed by the body. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, helps our bodies create red blood cells, and protects cells against the damaging effects of free radicals. According to research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating almonds can help meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance of 15 mg/day alpha-tocopherol and improve red blood cell concentration.
3) Good Source of Protein: With 7 grams of protein per serving, organic raw almonds really pack a protein punch. Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissue, and almonds are an easy grab-and-go source of this important nutrient. As a plant-based source of protein, these unpasteurized almonds are suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets. They also make a great post-workout snack that helps repair muscle tissue.
4) Tons of Nutrients: Organic almonds are abundant in even more nutty nutrients, like protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium. A one-ounce serving of almonds contains 12% of the Daily Value (DV) of protein, nearly 15% DV of dietary fiber, 20% DV of magnesium, 7% DV of calcium, 5% DV of iron and 5% DV of potassium.
5) Regulate Blood Sugar Levels: Almonds are a rich source of soluble fiber, which helps the body absorb nutrients from food and slows the uptake of cholesterol in the blood. A 2007 study published in the journal Metabolism found that eating almonds alongside white bread regulated spikes in blood sugar that normally occur with eating white bread alone. Almond consumption also appeared to lower the glycemic index of the meal.
Suggestions for Enjoying Organic Almonds
1) Healthy Snacking Staple: Keep raw almonds on-hand to curb your appetite between meals. You can mix them with other nuts and dried fruit for a tasty trail mix, or toss them with rolled oats for an all natural granola.
2) Smooth Almond Butter: Pour 3 cups of organic almonds into your food processor, and run it for 20-30 minutes, stopping a few times to scrape the mixture from the sides. Process the almonds until you’ve achieved an ideal creamy consistency.
3) Crunchy Delight: Chop the organic almonds and enjoy them for a variety of uses! Sprinkle them over salads for a boost of protein and healthy fats, or add them to baked goods for a satisfying crunch. Buy organic almonds in bulk; they’re a snacking & baking essential that should always be stocked in your pantry.
Amazingly Filling Organic Raw Almonds
Almonds’ monounsaturated fat can not only lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, it can keep you full— really full—for a really long time. For this reason, organic raw almonds are promoted more frequently than other organic raw nuts as a powerful weight loss food. When it comes to a great tasting, nutrient-rich snack that makes it easier to avoid overeating, organic almonds have few rivals.