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Candied Cocoa Nuts

Fix your sweet-tooth craving with this heart-healthy, on-the-go snack!

Servings

3~4

Prep Time:

10 min.

Cook for:

10 min.

Good For:

Snacks

Introduction

Candied Cocoa Nuts

I actually made these candied cocoa nuts for my hospital stay (in Japan you are hospitalized for at least 5-6 days after giving birth so that they can monitor you and baby’s health). I wanted to pack heart-healthy snacks that are nutritious and don’t use refined sugar, but it was also really hard to find recipes that would let me store food at room temperature for at least a week! These nutty candied nuts were the perfect solution, plus they remind me of movie theater snacks. 

I used almonds and cashews as I was focusing on postpartum recovery foods. Almonds are not only full of essential nutrients (calcium, protein, vitamin, zinc, iron, and magnesium), but they are also considered as galactagogues which improve the quality and quantity of breast milk. Cashews are great for your heart and contain healthy fats, which are essential for postpartum recovery. Always eat nuts in moderation and consult with your doctor if you’re suddenly adding a lot of nuts to your diet!  

candied nuts eat with meraki

Ingredients

  • Almonds, 1/2 cup
  • Cashews, 1/2 cup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp.
  • Cinnamon, 2 tsp.
  • Coconut sugar, 4 tbsp.
  • Water, 2 tbsp. 

      Simmer water and coconut sugar over low to medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved.

      Add nuts, cocoa powder and cinnamon, and stir until it reaches a sticky consistency. Coconut sugar burns very easily so make sure to keep stirring!

      Set on baking sheets and cool for at least 30 minutes before enjoying or packing up. Lasts about a week at room temperature. 

       

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