Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds

Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted AlmondsSpicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds.

The holidays are here which means we’re all seriously BUSY running around like chickens with our heads cut off.  Between the shopping, the planning, the cleaning the COOKING things are just NUTS. Literally! These spicy dark chocolate espresso roasted nuts are perfect for snacking and YES even holiday gift giving! I don’t know about you but I love edible gifts. I’d much rather have some tasty treat vs. an ugly Christmas sweater that’s never going to see the light of day (well unless there’s an ugly Christmas sweater party to go to). Amen? These chocolatey caffeinated bursts of bliss come together quickly. A few tosses of ingredients and then you’ll just pop them into a low oven for a bit. Before you know it you’ll be getting your snack on.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds

You all know how much I love my coffee and about my wicked sweet tooth. This snack covers all of those obsessions in one beautiful bite with a little extra kick in the pants for good measure. You’ll probably want to make a double batch of these because they aren’t going to last long. Once you start snacking, it’s hard to stop. Good thing almonds are good for us eh?
Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds

Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds.

Just make sure you let the almonds COOL completely before tossing them into the cocoa powder. If not you’ll have a melted mess on your hands. Not that that’s a horrible thing if you plan on eating them yourself. Just have some napkins ready. You know we like options so if spicy isn’t your thing (gasp) then just leave the kick out of the pan ; )

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Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds

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  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ground espresso
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 pound whole raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl, lightly whisk egg whites and sugar until well combined. Add espresso, cayenne and almonds and toss until coated.
  3. Transfer almonds to baking sheet. Spreading them out to form a single layer.
  4. Bake for approximate 1 hour. Carefully remove from oven and flip almonds using a spatula. Return to oven and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Allow almonds to cool completely.
  6. Transfer to a bowl. Add cocoa powder and toss to coat. Store almonds in an airtight container.


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  1. 1

    These almonds look amazing!

  2. 2

    Wow, those look awesome! I bet they would make a great dessert garnish. Going to keep this one in mind! 😀

  3. 3

    A crunchy snack that also gives me a buzz…I’m sold! They look delicious, Paula. I’m definitely going to try these out. I love giving out edible gifts.

  4. 5

    If I started eating these, I wouldn’t be able to stop! These would make great gifts for my neighbors.

  5. 6

    How fantastic – love the flavors you paired up in this recipe!

  6. 7

    Coffee, cocoa, and cayenne all in one bite! Have mercy.

  7. 8

    Almonds are a fantastic sanck and so adaptable for some many different flavors. Love the spices!

  8. 9

    This would be a great snack to put out when having dinner guests. Love it!

  9. 10

    I absolutely love coffee and this recipe. Looks so good!

  10. 11

    I’m such a sucker for spiced or sugared nuts of any kind – these sound amazing. Another holiday treat for my list!

  11. 12
    Lora @cakeduchess /

    I would happily take a handful of these delightful almonds right now…che buoni!!

  12. 13

    Every year, we make candied pecans and almonds as food gifts. But this?! This is my jam. I buy the chocolate almonds buy the pound at the store but I’d much rather make this version and have it on hand!

  13. 14

    The holidays are always crazy but these roasted almonds look like the perfect fuel to get through it all. Yum!

  14. 15

    I’m a nut for nuts. I love the fact that these have a kick of espresso in them and a little heat from the cayenne. Total YUM!

  15. 16

    These look amazing and I really like that touch of cayenne you added!

  16. 17

    This would be such a nice gift to give someone. They look amazingly easy to do!

  17. 18

    Espresso and chocolate AND spicy??? You know the way to my heart.

  18. 19

    Totally making these for hubs for the holidays. He’s been naughty but sometimes you gotta throw a guy a bone. *snorts*

  19. 20

    I see a snack attack coming on!

  20. 21

    I love almonds especially when they’re coated in something absolutely yummy!

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