Vegan Chocolate Covered Almonds

These vegan chocolate covered almonds are the easiest treat to throw together. Almonds generously coated with dairy-free chocolate make for the perfect crunchy, sweet snack and come together in under 5 minutes of prep! These are dairy-free, gluten-free, all vegan, paleo-friendly and keto-friendly. Who can’t you share these snacks with?!

vegan chocolate covered almonds in bowl
  • In under 5 minutes of prep, you can have chocolate covered almonds to call your own!
  • Using dairy-free chocolate chips make these effortlessly vegan, paleo and gluten-free.
  • For an easy keto option use sugar-free chocolate chips.
  • This recipe only requires two ingredients. I used a magical third ingredient (coconut oil), but that’s optional!
  • Chocolate covered almonds make great gifts, mid-day snacks and an awesome after dinner treat.

How are these lazy?
With three ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep time, you can make yourself the greatest dark chocolate covered almonds. Not only are they super fast to whip up but there are only two dirty dishes you’ll need to wash when it’s all said and done. Can’t every lazy recipe only require two messy dishes to clean?

Why these dark chocolate covered almonds are so good

Who doesn’t love little bites of crunch? The smooth chocolate outside and the sweet almond flavor is good. And if you use salted, roasted almonds you’ll have the worlds greatest (and most addicting) flavor duos; sweet and salty. Mix sweet and salty in with the crunch and your snack will be unstoppable.

vegan chocolate covered almonds in bowl

Mistakes to avoid

These are pretty damn easy so don’t worry about things getting out of hand. You friend are in control.

Now there is one thing worth mentioning. I love to melt a little coconut oil in with my chocolate chips. Heating chocolate chips with coconut oil help the chocolate melt evenly. Uneven heating can lead to overheated chocolate, and you never want to burn the chocolate.

Plus a little coconut oil in your melted chocolate means you’ll get a smoother, sleeker coat. I find the coconut oil makes chocolate easier to work with but the trade-off is the chocolate melts the second it touches your hands. I detest how messy it is but (in a whiny voice) I want my chocolate covered almonds looking sleek. High-class Beverly Hills chocolate covered almonds are apparently what I’m into ya’ll.

If you’re making these and want to cut down on the mess factor feel free to leave out the coconut oil.

Ways to enjoy chocolate covered almonds

How to make these

  1. Melt dairy-free chocolate chips with coconut oil (oil is optional)
  2. Mix almonds into melted chocolate
  3. With chopsticks pull one almond out of the mix and gently shake off any excess chocolate. Or spoon out a cluster of chocolate coated almonds.
  4. Place coated almonds on a lined baking sheet
  5. Chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened

Fun twists to make these your own

  • Would it be wrong to recommend sprinkles with such a wholesome snack?
  • A dusting of salt over the top would be hella elegant!
  • Adding orange or almond extract to the chocolate sauce would take these to the max!
  • Using a different nut or seed would be great. Salted sunflower seeds coated in chocolate would be out of this world.
  • Double dipping the almonds in chocolate would give you an epic layer of sweetness.
vegan chocolate covered almonds in bowl

If you add coconut oil to the chocolate, then it will be easy for excess chocolate to drip off with a few gentle shakes.

Your chocolate sauce will be thicker and stiffer without add oil, and that’s an fine option. The excess melted chocolate on the almond will result in a bigger blob of chocolate spread out underneath it. Again, who cares about its looks? I only mention it to set realistic expectations!

I thought to tweeze out one almond at a time from the chocolate sauce would be the worlds most tedious task. Guess what, it took like 2 minutes at most to fill up a baking sheet full of chocolate covered almonds. No big deal.

But I’ve got a feeling you’re feeling extra lazy today. Do yourself a favor. Grab a spoon, preferably one with holes (aka slotted spoon) and make clusters. Is the Kardashian film crew coming over for dinner? No, you’ve got no one to impress. Eat your lazy chocolate almond clusters like a 1960s housewife would.

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vegan chocolate covered almonds in bowl

3 ounces chocolate chips (sugar-free chocolate chips if keto)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
5 ounces almonds (raw, salted or roasted)

  1. Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil. I used my microwave to melt everything slowly. I’d do 15-second bursts then stir. I heat the mixture until its 90% melted then see if the residual heat melts the last bit of it. If not using coconut oil consider melting chocolate with a double boiler.
  2. Pour in as many almonds as the chocolate sauce will coat. Stir and get each almond fully covered in chocolate.
  3. Using chopsticks or your fingers pull individual almonds out and place them on a lined baking sheet. Or use a slotted spoon to scoop out clusters.
  4. Place in the fridge until the chocolate is fully hardened.

When melting chocolate chips be careful not to overheat! Go slowly if using your microwave, and I’m talking 15-second bursts.

When adding coconut oil to chocolate chips, it will help melt everything more evenly.

If not adding coconut oil I’d recommend either using a double boiler for melting or using your microwave in the slowest, most gentle way. Don’t rush melted chocolate chips! Melting chocolate chips without extra oil is a delicate process.

Store in fridge for up to a week.

You’ll need to keep these refrigerated if using coconut oil in the chocolate coating. Because they’re more heat sensitive I wouldn’t recommend making these for a road trip or purse snack.