are you a little nutty?

I am in more ways than one, but in this case, I am talking about a nut lover — pecans, walnuts, macadamias, not so much peanuts, but everything else — yum.  Several years ago, one of my sisters introduced me to those super delicious cocoa-almonds.  Oh, talk about bliss, and then I learned all about sucralose.  Boo, so much for my love affair.  That is until a couple of weeks ago when I happened along this recipe from Stacy at stacymakescents.com.  No sucralose and made in a crockpot.  That’s about as good as it gets I tell you.  She has a pretty detailed tutorial, but if you just want it straight, here you go.

ImageCocoa Almonds

2 cups almonds

2 tablespoons butter

1/8 teaspoon stevia (or 1/3 cup sugar — I haven’t tried it with sugar, just fyi)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

dash or dashes of salt (depending on your preference)

Combine almonds, stevia, vanilla, cocoa, and salt in a crock pot.  Mix well.  Slice the butter up and place on top of the nuts.  Turn the crock pot onto high, put the lid on, and walk away.  In an hour, stir.  Walk away for another 30 minutes.  Stir one more time and then place nuts on wax paper to cool. 

All done.  Super easy and good.  Even Thomas loves them, and he wants nothing to do with almonds.

I will give you a little heads up.  If you’re not used to stevia, you’ll be able to taste it.  It’s sweet, but not quite like sugar.  After I ate like three cups, I couldn’t even tell it was there.  Just kidding, I only ate about a cup.  Seriously, they’re that good.  Hope you enjoy.

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