Cocoa Sesame Almonds: From by Jennifer MacKenzie

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Cost Per Serving $0.88
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2 cupsWhole Raw Almonds
¼ cupRaw Cacao Nibs
¼ cupSesame Seeds
3 tbspCoconut Sugar or Pure Cane Sugar
1 tbspUnsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 tbspWater
1 tbspMelted Coconut Oil
2 tbspHoney
1 tspVanilla Extract
½ tspSea Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread almonds baking sheet. Toast almonds in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Immediately transfer to a heatproof bowl. (Leave oven on; reserve baking sheet.)
  3. In a mini chopper, spice grinder or a small food processor, pulse cacao nibs until they’re about the size of sesame seeds. Transfer to a large, heatproof bowl and stir in sesame seeds, sugar and salt.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa and water; stir in honey and coconut oil. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Add nuts to sesame seed mixture and toss to evenly coat.
  5. Spread on reserved baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until sesame seeds are toasted. Let cool completely on baking sheet. Store in a glass jar for up to 1 month.


  • ​Do you have a sweet tooth? Choose healthier desserts more often and save less healthy options for special occasions. Make your own desserts so that you can control the type and amount of sugar and fat that is added. Nuts and seeds contain heart-healthy fats, fibre, protein, antioxidants and many minerals and vitamins. The healthiest options are raw or dry roasted without added salt or sugar. One serving, based on Canada’s Food Guide, is ¼ cup.
  • Cocoa, a key ingredient in many desserts, may surprise you with its potential health benefits! Cacao nibs and unsweetened cocoa powder contain flavonoids, antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease and stroke. Using cacao nibs and cocoa powder in desserts instead of chocolate, helps to reduce the overall calories and fat in a recipe.