Imagine the “meet-cute.” Almond walks into a bar, perhaps a candy bar or a healthy vegan protein bar, and finds chocolate sitting in the corner looking sweet as can be, but a little lonesome. They hit it off instantly, these two love birds, and become inseparable. They get along so well, in fact, that everyone around is just so happy they finally met! In honor of their special meeting, a national food holiday is declared. For National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day, we bring you a smorgasbord of delightful ways to get these two awesome ingredients together.
Cacao is an antioxidant rich source of energy, boosting seratonin levels and containing small amounts of natural caffeine. Almonds provide healthy fats and protein, and are vitamin and mineral rich. All good things in moderation, but together almonds and chocolate are (almost) as healthy as they are tasty.
1. Vegan Chocolate Almond Cookies with Fudgy Frosting
Just a few ingredients, and only dates as sweetener, make these delicious raw cookies. Use an oven or dehydrator, and voila, cookies.
2. Almond Power Bars With Chocolate Topping
With hazelnuts and sunflower seeds as well as almonds, this delicious power bar is sure to be filling and nutritious as well as yummy. Just don’t get carried away and eat the whole tray!
3. Gluten-Free Almond And Chocolate Fudge Mini Cakes
These mini fudge cakes use almond flour and almond butter to replace wheat. The result is fudgy, fluffy and creamy.
4. Whiskey Truffles with Almond Praline
We might be a little scared to make these whiskey truffles, because each time is an adventure. Topped with almond praline and filled with chocolatey goodness, these truffles are a wonderful way to celebrate anything.
5. Almond Biscotti with Chocolate Drizzle
The darling of the coffee shop, no one really knows why these delectable biscotti weren’t vegan to begin with. Try them, and you’ll see. Almond is a perfect flavor for biscotti.
6. Almond Joy Cookies
Oh look, more cookies! We really can’t get enough of cookies, particularly these beautiful almond joys. They bring joy to your heart, so that makes them good for you, right?
7. Blueberry-Almond Dark Chocolate Bark
Tis the season for bark, but since humans can’t digest tree bark, we have to make due with chocolates filled with nuts and fruit. It’s a hard, delicious life.
8. Vegan Choco-Mint Almond Bars
Another raw, sugar-free sweet treat, these deceptively healthy treats are worthy of occasion.
9. Heart-Shaped Vegan Almond Butter Cups
We heart chocolate and almond butter. These butter cups are a great way to show how much you appreciate someone, or show yourself some love.
10. Healthiest Vegan Fudge Ever
Start with homemade almond butter to whip up this simple fudge, and bite into a creamy, nutty bite of chocolate sweetness.
11. Almond Biscotti Re-Imagined (Raw and Vegan!)
Biscotti can be raw too! The nutmeg and vanilla add a nice counterpoint to the chocolate and almond flavors.
12. Slow Cooker Valentine Bouquet Hot Chocolate
And for these cold fall and winter nights, make your own almond milk and slow cook hot chocolate to keep you cozy. When you come back to it at the end of the day, it’ll be there waiting to make everything melt away into almond chocolate bliss.