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Baked Cocoa Nuts

What’s better than a big bowl of sweet chocolaty nuts? Ok, I admit it … lots of things, but … that doesn’t mean that this tasty assorted nuts mix is bad. They’re awesome!

These are perfect for any social gathering. Just lie them out there for people to eat! I’m a big fan of “the twist” and tend to throw a slightly outlandish ingredient into things. I like to surprise! If you want to keep these nuts more traditional, simply omit the cayenne and you’ll have a sweet tasty bowl of nuts!


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Swerve or other sugar equivalent
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1¬†teaspoon salt
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup walnut halves


  1. Pre-heat oven to 225 F.
  2. Grease a baking tray with a small amount of butter.
  3. Whisk your egg white, until frothy.
  4. Combine your dry ingredients and mix them, well.
  5. Add the nuts, whipped egg whites and dried ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss until very well coated.
  6. Evenly layer the nuts on the tray. Evenly distribute them, so they roast and toast evenly.
  7. Roast for 90 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool, completely.
  9. Break apart and serve!