So Valentines day is this week. Life has been so crazy lately that I completely forgot this holiday was even a thing until Kriss jokingly said “honey, I paid off the credit card. Happy Valentines day!”. Hashtag: romance
I do not have anything against Valentine’s Day - it is just a little inconvenient. It is right after the Holidays and is basically a day dedicated to chocolate only 6 weeks into the new year (aka 6 weeks in to half of the country’s new diet). Also, it often falls in the middle of the week and who has the time to go on a date in the middle of the week? Definitely not two working/ commuting parents.
This is why the past few years I have been boycotting the traditional box of chocolates in favor of a delicious handful of Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds.
This is a perfect little Valentine's Day gift that will not break your diet or the bank! All you have to do is buy the ingredients at your local grocery store find a cute little bag to put them in and boom - a gift that says "I love you so much that I covered each one of these almonds in chocolate & sea salt! And as an added bonus – you get all the nutritional value of almonds (high in fiber, great source of protein, loaded with important vitamins & minerals) and dark chocolate (boost in energy, healthy fats, and loaded with antioxidants).”
6 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet high quality chocolate (72% cacao and above only)
1 and 1/2 cups unsalted raw almonds
Raw sugar, coconut sugar Stevia, or monk fruit.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Place chocolate in medium heat proof bowl – melt in 30 second increments (stir between each increment)
Stir almonds into melted chocolate – making sure to cover each one
Lift the almonds out of the chocolate 1 by 1 – if you do not do this, they will all stick together.
Sprinkle almonds with a little sea salt and sugar then allow chocolate to set; place your baking sheet in the refrigerator to expedite the process