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Healthy Easter Treats… Cacao and Cinnamon Dusted Almonds

cacao almonds recipe

Chocolate and Easter go hand in hand…  Along with jelly beans, peeps, chocolate eggs and other candy, right?  Well what if it doesn’t have to be that way!  What if there was a better way!  What if we got back to what Easter is all about?  What if we truly meditated on Christ, his resurrection, and what that means for us and our future?  What if we taught our kids about the gift he has given us through his death on the Cross?  Easter would just mean a little bit more.  It would mean more than the Easter bunny, more than the candy!

Easter is a celebration.  It is a celebration of the life to come, of new life that is given freely when we receive Christ, the one who died and rose again, as our Lord and Savior!  It is about forgiveness and moving forward, it is about the FREEDOM that comes from having a relationship with one who died to give us life!  Easter is about Jesus.

Easter eggs are a great representation of new life, new life in Him!  I have to admit, my life wasn’t always peaches and roses.  It took me 22 years, before I realized that I didn’t want to live my life alone anymore, that I had enough struggles without Him!  Never have I looked back, never have I wished I made a different decision.  Christ in my life has been freedom and peace.  He has guided me to make tough decisions and shown me great miracles.  I’m still not perfect, nor is my life, but I am thankful, SO thankful for my new life in Him.  With tears in my eyes I am thankful for who I am in Him.  He has saved me.

Easter is all about Jesus.

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He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Luke 24: 6-7

Nonetheless, Easter is still a time for fun!  It is a celebration and we will have easter baskets!  These Cacao and cinnamon dusted almonds are a perfect treat to have in a bowl for company or a little bag for the easter baskets!  My family loves them! Almonds are protein packed ( 1/4 cup of almonds have as much protein as one whole egg!), Cacao is a superfood (not to be confused with Cocoa), and cinnamon is great for blood sugar.

I love this little example…

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Even though Cacao is not super sweet, they definitely help curb my chocolate cravings! These are super tasty, so I hope you all enjoy!

Cacao and Cinnamon Dusted Almonds

Cacao and Cinnamon Dusted Almonds
Recipe Type: Snacks
Author: Sara
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 8
Deliciously satisfying and perfect for little homemade gifts or an afternoon snack!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Raw Almonds
  • 3 Tbs Cacao
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Measure out Almonds and spread out on a preheated baking sheet. Bake for 10 min.
  3. While the almonds bake, measure out the cacao, cinnamon and salt and place into a medium-large Zip-lock bag. Shake up to combine the ingredients well.
  4. Remove almonds from the oven and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the Honey and vanilla. Once melted, toss the almonds until they are well coasted.
  6. Add the almonds to the bag of cacao and shake!
  7. Store in an air tight container.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Measure out Almonds and spread out on a preheated baking sheet. Bake for 10 min.  While the almonds bake, measure out the cacao, cinnamon and salt and place into a medium-large Zip-lock bag. Shake up to combine the ingredients well.
Remove almonds from the oven and set aside.

 

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the Honey and vanilla. Once melted, toss the almonds until they are well coasted. Add to the bag of Cacao and shake!
This little mason jars make the perfect portion to store for snacks, or add them to little bags for Easter!
This little mason jars make the perfect portion to store for snacks, or add them to little bags for Easter!

Cacao and Cinnamon Dusted Almonds

What are some other Healthy Easter Treats?

Good news! They don’t have to all revolve around food!  Easter treats can be FUN!

  • Stickers
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Erasers
  • Puzzles
  • Little Action Figures
  • Balloons
  • Childrens Bibles
  • Books about Easter
  • Barbies
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Nail polish
  • Lip balm
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Earings
  • bracelets
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Hair accessories
  • Squirt toys
  • swimming goggles

And if you do want to include some sweet treats… make them Organic!

Happy Easter everyone!

Keep it clean, keep it healthy! From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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p.s. Do you love the new recipe format?  You can print!!!  Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

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