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Easy Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts Recipe

Updated on March 21, 2013

Why Dark Chocolate and Nuts

I must tell you that my idea of a recipe is use the healthiest ingredients in the easiest recipe possible that gives the tastiest dish.

I created this recipe because I could not find the right kind of nuts covered in the right kind of chocolate that are supposed to do the right kind of things to the human body to help us live happy, healthy and long lives. So I present you the world's easiest recipe for delicious chocolate covered nuts that will give you an almost guilt-free dessert or snack. That does not mean you can eat these without consequences if you are worried about your weight, but if you are more concerned with a healthy snack, then eat away!

Dark Chocolate Nut Mixture
Dark Chocolate Nut Mixture

This recipe is so quick I feel quilty even passing it on, but it was developed and executed by me in my own kitchen without any help from anyone else, and I can claim you will be better off having eaten it. Best of all you can make it in ten minutes and have it ready for a dessert or snack in about 30 minutes.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: about 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • One Bar of Dark Chocolate about 73%
  • One Bar of Dark Chocolate about 88%
  • 12 ounces of unsalted dry roasted almonds
  • 12 ounces of walnuts unsalted baking chips
  • 8 inch Pyrex glass baking dish with lid or similar and a tablespoon

Instructions

  1. 1. Break the two chocolate bars into small pieces and put them in the glass baking dish.
  2. 2. Heat in the microwave for three minutes at about Power 6 making sure the mixture does not bubble. Stir any still hard pieces until melted.
  3. 3. Pour 3/4 of the nut mixture into the melted chocolate and stir until all the nuts are coated with chocolate.
  4. 4. Fill a tablespoon with the nut and chocolate mixture and place it on a wax paper covered baking tray.
  5. 5. Continue doing this until the first batch is finished. Add the remaining nuts and repeat.
  6. 6. Place the baking tray into the refrigerator and let it harden for about 20-30 minutes.
  7. 7. Don't forget to lick the bowl. Yumm!!
  8. Once the mixture has hardened in the refrigerator this nut treat is ready, but since there are no preservatives, the coating is soft, so beware of eating it in a warm area. I would not waste the little bits of chocolate that cling to your fingers. Need I say more?
Cast your vote for Really Dark Chocolate Almonds and Walnuts
Dark chocolate Wrapped
Dark chocolate Wrapped

Reasons for Using Dark Chocolate, Almonds and Walnuts

Health Benefits

When I say I use dark chocolate in a recipe, it is not just dark, but really dark. It has to be 70% cocoa or more for it to be considered a health food. The benefits of really dark chocolate are it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and it makes you really happy.

Why almonds and walnuts with my dark chocolate? I use almonds and walnuts, but other nuts have their own health benefits. Walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good fat found in olive oil. So these nuts help protect against heart disease. Almonds also protect against heart disease, but they also contain lots of potassium, so they help lower blood pressure too.

100% Dark Chocolate
100% Dark Chocolate

What Got Us Started on Dark Chocolate

Milk Chocolate Came with a Warning

My husband is pre-diabetic, at least that is what he keeps telling himself, so we have to be really careful not to overload on sugar. Dark chocolate, the really dark kind, has a lot less sugar than any other kind of chocolate. The darker it is the less sugar it has and the more bitter it tastes.

My husband can eat 100% chocolate and love it. I, however, cannot get beyond 88%. After a while you get so use to the dark taste that you find milk chocolate unappealing. I kid you not. If you keep working on acquiring a taste for dark chocolate, one day you will say no to milk chocolate and mean it.

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Recipe Modifications

Change without Regret

I am a recipe modifier. I never look at a recipe and say I cannot eat that because it is not healthy for me. I say, instead, how can I change this recipe to make it healthier. I love pasta. My husband and I were once on a high carb diet consisting primarily of low fiber spaghetti dinners.

Once I decided to change to a higher fiber product, I first used the combination regular and whole wheat spaghetti, then I changed to whole wheat. I did the same with baking recipes. First I combined white with whole wheat flour and then switched to whole wheat flour. I have never regretted it for a minute and I really do love the taste of high fiber foods. When I go to an Italian restaurant I always ask if they have wheat spaghetti and they often do.

I eat less salt, less sugar and less bad fats and I never for a minute miss any of it. You can train your taste buds to like what is good for you . If you ease into it gradually you will never notice the exact moment when you no longer like what you use to eat. Start with this dark chocolate recipe. If you find it too dark for you, feel free to use less dark chocolate to begin with adding in the darker chocolate gradually. You will be rewarded with better health and greater satisfaction. Happy eating!

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    • Wedding Mom profile image

      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      nice lens! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try this. It looks really delicious.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Sounds totally awesome to me!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Too bad I have diabetes, the days of munching into decadent chocolaty stuff is sadly gone I think.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      These do look yum..and so easy! When I make my New Year weight I gotta try making them. And you are so right about training your taste buds, I used to eat 2 to 3 steaks a week and couldn't imagine life without them. Now 15 years later I can't imagine putting one in my mouth. Not missed at all.

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      fivestead 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate is delicious and a great antioxidant. Nuts are also very good foods to eat. Go nuts for dark chocolate. :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love dark chocolate!

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      Love this!

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      kmyangel 4 years ago

      Dark Chocolate is my mom favorite :P

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      This is a must try recipe. I love anything chocolate!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love chocolate...and nuts

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I'm going to try this. I did the same thing with desiccated coconut for the same reason you gave in your intro and that really works! (I wanted to make my own Mounds bars that didn't have refined sugar or dairy!) now I need to add almonds for almond joy and try out your recipe too!! :)

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      i'm crazy about dark chocolate and healthy nuts! great lens!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Now this looks delicious! Must give it a go. I can tell you love your chocolate, you've got some wonderful brands here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Absolutely delicious!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Everything is better when covered in chocolate! Nice lens. (Blessed by this SquidAngel).

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      piarejuden 5 years ago

      Oh Gosh...anything for chocolate..I am game!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my - this really is my kind of snack!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy is right. I love nuts and chocolate and recipes for them! :)

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      m massie 5 years ago

      Definitely getting the ingredients on my next shopping trip - writing the ingredients now..

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @wilfredpadilla: Me too! As long as it is chocolate, I can eat it. :)

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      I was trying to resist this yummy lens!!! (zooming of to find dark chocolate!)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for your yummy recipe and your tips!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yumm, first of all, I am plain NUTS about chocolate ... and then you add nuts to that? Well, put me over the top on the YUMM scale. Delicious and easy to make. TYVM

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      The best combination....chocolate and nuts!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Looks yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      easy and fast recipes are always great

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Quick recipes are the best.

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      Cold0911 5 years ago

      Looks great! I definitely prefer dark chocolate.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Yum!

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Great Recipe! I am the same way with recipes. I'm not sure if I've ever followed a recipe from a cookbook exactly. I always change it a little, add something, omit something, or combine two recipes into one. Thanks for sharing this one. :)

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      Chocolates make me happy!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I'll have to give this a try. It seems quite simple and yummy.