5 WAY CHOCOLATE-Covered Mixed NUT recipes (High Protein For Kids)

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE-COVERED NUTS

Healthy high-protein snack

Like a healthy, colourful, easy snack idea 

Crunchy, fun, tasty and healthy snack!! 

This easy, crunchy, satisfying snack is high in protein, fills you with energy and brightens up any day, for your kids and the whole family!

This is how to make chocolate covered nuts, 5 ways

  • Firstly you should toast or roast the nuts (for the extra crunch!)
  • Then, you’ll melt the chocolate, transfer them to different bowls and add (healthy) food colouring to some, like spirulina, turmeric, matcha (or green spirulina), dragon fruit powder or more.
  • Dunk the nuts in either plain dark, white (WAY 1) or coloured chocolate (Way 2) bowls, and transfer them onto a baking tray, which is covered with a baking sheet.
  • (Way 3) Once the plain chocolate has dried, you can add a chocolate drizzle on some of them, by dipping your fork or spoon into any coloured chocolate of choice and swinging your hand over them.
  • WAY 4: You can add toppings to your chocolate, covered nuts, while the chocolate is still melted, like the nuts, bee pollen, finely chopped, lemon zest, freeze-dried strawberry or raspberry pieces, chia seeds or other toppings.
  • If you want to make rainbow covered chocolate (WAY5), then pour different coloured chocolate bowls into one, and then dip the nuts into the bowl one after another, before transferring them onto a baking sheet.
  • Finally let the chocolate harden, eat or store the nuts, in a fridge or dark place.

So… let’s dive right in 🙂

Recipe Video (step-by-step guide):


Why should you toast or roast nuts? 


Toasting or roasting nuts brings out a nutty stronger flavour in nuts. They are also crisper, sharper and crunchier.  

Have you ever tried freshly toasted nuts, that are still warm? HEAVEN! So nutty, and flavourful. 

TIP: 

I always roast a BIG batch of roasted nuts, to toss them over or in smoothies, salads, yoghurts, or as snacks.  


1. Toast nuts for chocolate coating 


You don’t need to toast or roast the nuts before you add a chocolate coating, but it brings the nuts to a whole new level. Trust me. So crunchy, flavourful and yummy!! 

Plus, it’s super-fast! 

I wouldn’t want to miss this step.  

Are roasting and toasting nuts the same thing? 

When you roast nuts, you often prepare them in the oven, at least if you look up the term “roasting”, then that’s generally preparing food in an open flame in the oven. Often adding additional fat, like oil or butter. 

Toasting would be more like when you toast bread, not adding any fats, just adding heat. 

BUT,…  

often the word “toasting” and “roasting” nuts have been used interchangeably online. 

Especially, when you want to roast or toast the nuts in the oven or the skillet/pan, it doesn’t matter. Both works. 

Should you add butter or oil to the nuts? 

You can, if that suits your dish. But mostly I would NOT recommend this. Especially when it comes to toasting nuts, that’s a NO-GO. 

Let me explain: 

When you are roasting nuts or toasting nuts, the natural oils come out of the nuts.  

That gives them a crunch and nutty flavour. And that’s why there is no need for any additional oil or butter. 


3 Ways how to “toast” – “roast” nuts 


A overlay text saying how to toast nut in the microwave, and a plate covered with a paper towel and nuts on top, with a pink background
You can see the close-up, of the natural oils, that are getting released when toasting nuts.

1. How to toast or roast nuts in a microwave

Of course, who wouldn’t want to speed up the process and try roasting/toasting nuts in the microwave? 

But how can you roast the nuts, without burning them? 

This method is great, for smaller portions of nuts: 

  1. Place the nuts on a big, flat microwave-safe plate, with a paper towel underneath. Spread out the nuts in 1 layer (add a pinch of salt)  
  2. Microwave in 45-60 sec intervals (depends on the type of nuts), on high heat. Mix in-between.  
  3. 3-4 minutes later, after the nuts are golden brown, on all sides, they’ll be ready. 
How to toast or roast nuts in the oven, with overlay text, and brazil nuts spread out on a baking tray and paper

2. How to toast nuts in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF 
  2. Place the nuts on a baking tray, with parchment paper, to not burn the nuts and for an easy clean. Ensure the nuts are spread out.  (optional add a pinch of salt)
  3. Bake the nuts for 5-10 minutes, depending on the nut type. Turn the nuts over 1-2 times, so the heat gets everywhere. 
  4. When they get darker, and the house is filled with a toasted nut aroma, the nuts are ready. 
A overlay text saying how to toast nut in a pan, and a picture of mixed nuts like almonds, macadamia and hazelnuts in a frying pan, with a pink background

3. How to toast nuts in a pan:

You can toast the nuts on the stove easily. This is my favourite method because you are I more control over the nuts, and toss and turn the nuts more individually.  

  1. Over medium heat, place the nuts in a dry skillet (if you have one, a frying pan works too).
    Ideally, the nuts have covered the skillet with 1 layer only
  2. Mix, toss and turn the nuts in-between. Add a dash of salt.
  3. Turn the heat to low heat, if you notice the nuts starting to turn dark too quick (or if you heating small nuts, like pine nuts)  
  4. Once turned golden, brown and changed colour, and smell nuttily roasted, turn off the heat and transfer them immediately onto a cold plate, bowl or dry towel for them to cool. 

When do I know, that the toasted, roasted nuts are ready? 

You’ll need about 8-15 minutes to toast or roast nuts in the oven or skillet, and 3-4 minutes in the microwave 

The time depends on each nut type, on how hard or small they are. 

Oven:

5-10: Minutes

PAN: 

Softer nuts: 8-10 minutes (Pecans, walnuts, cashews, macadamia) 

Harder nuts: 10-15 minutes (almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts) 

Microwave:

3-4 minutes. 

two brazil nuts next to each other one is before its been roasted/ toasted and the other is after, with overlay text saying that. the one is before is a lighter colour and the other is darker, more golden.

Tip: 

Once they turn golden brown and the aroma is travelling through the kitchen and hallways, they are good (they even make a crackling sound). 


2. How to make chocolate-covered mixed nuts 


Now that you know, plenty of ways how to roast the nuts, you can add the chocolate cover around the nuts. 

Which chocolate is best for melting?

This picture shows a wooden chopping board, with dark and white chocolate bars and drops laid on top of it. With a grey kitchen surface and blue wall
Which chocolate is your favourite?

Have a look at my previous written post about colouring chocolate. I explain all in detail, which chocolate to choose, and which is melt to melt chocolate. From white, milk and dark chocolate.

But… let me tell you already, you need to use white chocolate for any coloured chocolate. Because dark chocolate doesn’t take colour well (same as a hair dye).

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HOW TO ADD THE CHOCOLATE COATING TO ANY NUT MIX (ALMONDS, BRAZIL NUTS ETC)?


Plain chocolate coating – white or dark

(WAY 1)


This picture show a close up view of aa baking tray from below, with dark chocolate covered nuts. In the background you can see a white mug with dark chocolate dripping down the edge and a pink wall
Dark chocolate covered nuts, are high in antioxidants and are a high protein snack.

You can do this with any nuts, but the bigger the nuts, the easier and faster it is ???? 

  1. Melt chocolate in a big bowl (white or dark)
  2. Toss the nuts inside the bowl, and mix them thoroughly 
  3. Use 2 forks or spoons (ideally not metal, as they might collect moisture, which seizes melted chocolate) to pick them up, and transfer them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Let them air dry for about 1 hour, (ideally let them cool in the fridge for the first 10-20 minutes- to speed it up) 

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Plain coloured chocolate coating

(WAY 2)


A baking tray with chocolate covered nuts, in rainbow colours, and a pink background. THere a glass bowls in the background, that contain chocolate leftovers with the colours, yellow, pink and green, and a bowl where white chocolate is dripping down
Colourful chocolate-covered nuts, that are not only eye candies, but healthy yummy treats!
  1. Melt white chocolate.
  2. Distribute the melted white chocolate into as many bowls, as you want to dye your chocolate in.
  3. Then add food colouring to each bowl, and mix it slowly.
  4. …continue with step 2 of WAY 1

Check out this post on how to dye white chocolate into many rainbow shades, to get inspiration on which food dye you can use, and all information on how to melt chocolate.

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Drizzled chocolate coating

(WAY 3)


A baking tray with chocolate covered nuts witch drizzled colourful chocolates stripes on them, in rainbow colours, and a pink background.
Colourful chocolate-covered nuts, that are not only eye candies, but healthy yummy treats!
  1. After the chocolate coating of WAY, 1 or WAY 2 has dried, you drizzle chocolate lines over the nuts.
  2. Simply dip a small spatula or plastic stick (end of a lollipop stick) into any coloured chocolate of choice, and swing your hand over them. 

TIP:

A metal spoon or fork is not suggested because they can collect moisture, and water is the enemy when it comes to melting chocolate. Because it can seize the chocolate (Although if you are working with just the last bit of chocolate, then it should be


Decorated chocolate coating with toppings

(WAY 4)


This pictures shows from above a tray of almonds, that are covered in white melted chocolate, and have toppings drizzled on them, such as bee pollen, chia seeds, freeze-dried raspberries, strawberry powder and matcha. There are arrows and the names of the toppings are written next to it. There are on the edge of the picture 2 white bowl to see, filled with brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds and hazelnuts.
You can use any kind of toppings, that is small enough to stick to the melted chocolate.

Another very beautiful and TASTY way to decorate your NUTS 🙂

  • …Follow steps 1,2 and 3 of WAY 1.
  • Then before the chocolate coating is hardening you can add any toppings of your choice, such as bee pollen (not safe for children though), chia seeds, raspberry pieces, or strawberry powder.
  • Then let the nuts harden (check out how to store them correctly)

TIP:


On dark chocolate, you could use, sea salt flakes, sesame seeds, and much more.
I used almonds here, to see if it works with small nuts, and it worked!
But you can do this on brazil nuts, but also all kinds of other nuts, or create nut clusters.

Especially if you add powders, such as matcha powder or strawberry powder, it creates a beautiful flavour and great colour. You can even use sunflower seeds and toppings of your choice.


Rainbow coloured chocolate coating

(WAY 5)


The picture is split into 2, the left a further a way picture of rainbow covered brazil nuts on a baking tray, while the right is a close up.
I am absolutely obsessed with rainbow food. Are you??

One of my favourites!! (can they ALL be my favourite???)

  1. …Follow steps 1,2 and 3 of WAY 2 (adding a coloured chocolate coating to nuts).
  2. You have now several bowls that contain melted coloured chocolate (including one with plain white chocolate if you like).
  3. Pour the bowls one after another into an empty bowl, so that they are all combined in one bowl.
  4. Continue with STEP 3 and 4 of WAY 1.

TIP: 

When dipping the nuts into the mixed bowl of chocolate, don’t mix the nut much!

Only throw it in. While the bottom of the nut is getting already covered in chocolate, and then turn it over with a spatula or spoon, while the other side gets covered. Then you can wipe off excess chocolate and transfer it straight to the baking tray.

Because if you move the nut around too much, the colours mix too much, and you won’t end up with a rainbow effect anymore. The colours just blend into one.


3. How to store raw nuts 

The picture is split into 2. The left shows roasted nuts in a glass mason jar in close up, the right shows a hand holding a mason jar with chocolate covered mixed-nuts.
You can also use a container, Tupperware or a zippable silicone bag.

In an air-tight plastic or glass container, and to be kept inside a fridge and they are good for up o 6 months. 

You can also freeze nuts for up to 1 year. 

You don’t store in inside the fridge, they need to be stored at least in a dark place, for up to 3 months. 

How to store roasted nuts (with or without chocolate coating) 

A jar with colourful covered nuts,in a mason jar. The picture is taken from the top. Above are measurement spoons with different colour of superfoods (pitaya, spirulina, matcha, turmeric)
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Roasted, salted, or chopped nuts, expire sooner than whole nuts. 

Ideally freshly roasted nuts should be eaten within roughly 2 weeks. 

Cashews and almonds are the least prone to spoiling. 

A baking tray with chocolate covered nuts, in rainbow colours, and a pink background. THere a glass bowls in the background, that contain chocolate leftovers with the colours, yellow, pink and green, and a bowl where white chocolate is dripping down

How to make chocolate covered nuts – 5 ways

This is how you make chocolate covered mixed nuts in 5 ways:
The amount that needs to be used depends completely on how dark and vibrant you want to colour to turn out and how much you want to make. I'd suggest adding a little colour (food dye) first and adding more gradually.
1. PLAIN CHOCOLATE-COVERED NUTS – WHITE OR DARK
2. COLOURED CHOCOLATE-COVERED MIXED NUTS 
3. DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE-COVERED MIXED NUTS 
4. DECORATED CHOCOLATE COVERED NUTS WITH TOPPINGS.
5. RAINBOW CHOCOLATE COVERED NUTS.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Equipment

  • 1 microwave or oven

Ingredients / Tools
  

  • 1.5-2 cups mixed nuts (or make 3-4 cups and store leftovers)

TOPPINGS for DECORATED NUTS (WAY 4- all optional and exchangeable)

  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • 1-2 tbsp freeze-dried raspberry pieces
  • 1-2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp matcha (green tea powder- or kids friendly alternative: green spirulina)
  • 1-2 tsp strawberry powder

Superfoods and natural food dyes (WAY 2,3 + 5)

  • 0.5-1 tsp blue spirulina
  • 0.5-2 tsp turmeric powder (or lemon zest powder)
  • 0.5-2 tsp green matcha (green tea powder- or kids friendly alternative: green spirulina)

Chocolate

  • 0.5-1 bar white chocolate (per person)
  • 0.5-1 bar dark chocolate (per person)

Instructions
 

Toast/ Roast Nuts

  • Tost/ Roast the nuts in the microwave, pan or oven.
    MICROWAVE:
    1. Place the nuts on a big, flat microwave-safe plate, with a paper towel underneath. Spread out the nuts in 1 layer (add a pinch of salt if wanted)  
    2. Then, microwave in 45-60 sec intervals (depending on the type of nuts), on high heat.
    3. Turn the nuts over in-between, if needed.
    4. 3-4 minutes later, after the nuts are golden brown, they’ll be ready. 
    PAN:
    1. Over medium heat, place the nuts in a dry skillet (or pan), 1 layer spread out. Optional, add a pinch of salt (brings out the flavour).
    2. Mixtoss and turn the nuts in-between, and turn the heat to low heat if you notice the nuts starting to turn dark too quick (or if you heating small nuts, like pine nuts).
    3. Once turned golden, brown and changed colour, they are ready. That's about 8-15 minutes, depending on how hard and big the nuts are. Transfer onto a cold plate to cool down.
    OVEN:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF 
    2. Place the nuts on a baking tray, with parchment paper in 1 layer.
    3. Turn the nuts over 1-2 times, so the heat gets everywhere. 
    4. Bake the nuts for 5-10 minutes, depending on the nut type.

WAY 1 – PLAIN CHOCOLATE COATING – WHITE OR DARK

  • Melt chocolate in a big bowl (white or dark).
    (Microwave small chocolate pieces, on 50% heat and in 10-30 second intervals, and stir in between.)
    a cup with melted chocolate, a spatula on the top with dripping melted white chocolate, in the front of the picture a white chocolate bar
  • Toss the nuts inside the bowl and mix them thoroughly.
    Use 2 forks or spoons to pick them up, and transfer them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
    TIP:
    Ideally not metal, as they might collect moisture, which causes the melted chocolate to seize. A spatula is good.
  • Let them air dry for about 1 hour.
    (ideally, let them cool in the fridge for the first 10-20 minutes- to speed it up) 

WAY 2- PLAIN COLOURED CHOCOLATE COATING

  • Melt white chocolate.
  • Distribute the melted white chocolate into as many bowls, as you want to dye your chocolate in.
  • Then add food colouring to each bowl, and mix it slowly.…
  • Toss the nuts inside the bowl and mix them thoroughly.
    Then transfer them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, using for example a small spatula.
    The picture is split into 2, the left shows dark chocolate covered nuts, while the right shows rainbow covered nuts with white chocolate
  • Finally, let them cool down.

WAY 3 – DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE COATING

  • After the chocolate coating of WAY 1 or WAY 2 has dried, you drizzle chocolate lines over the nuts:
    Simply dip a small spatula or plastic stick (end of a lollipop stick) into any coloured chocolate of choice, and swing your hand over them. 
    TIP: 
    Alternatively, use a piping bag, pour the chocolate in the, and cut a small hole in the pointy corner. Then you twist the bigger end of the plastic piping bag to create pressure, and press the chocolate out of the bag, while the chocolate shoots out of the small hole.
    This is how you create more precise, even drizzles.

WAY 4 – DECORATED CHOCOLATE COATING WITH TOPPINGS

  • Melt chocolate in a big bowl (white or dark).
  • Toss the nuts inside the bowl and mix them thoroughly.
    Pick the nuts back up, wipe up excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl and transfer them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Then before the chocolate coating is hardening you can add any toppings of your choice, such as bee pollen (not safe for children though), chia seeds, raspberry pieces, strawberry powder and much more.
  • Then let the nuts harden and store them correctly.

WAY 5 – RAINBOW COLOURED CHOCOLATE COATING

  • …Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 of WAY 2 (adding a coloured chocolate coating to nuts).
    Continue with STEP 3 and 4 of WAY 1.
  • Melt WHITE chocolate in a big bowl.
  • Distribute the melted white chocolate into as many bowls, as you want to dye your chocolate in.
  • Then add food colouring to each bowl, and mix it slowly.…
  • You have now several bowls that contain melted coloured chocolate (including one with plain white chocolate if you like).
  • Pour the bowls one after another into an empty bowl, so that they are all combined in one bowl. This is the rainbow chocolate mix bowl, in which you'll drop your nuts.
  • Add the nuts to the mixed chocolate bowl. After tossing them in, turn them in only one more time. This is to avoid, that the chocolate colours are mixing too much.
  • Afterwards, wipe off too much excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl, and transfer the nut to the baking tray, where they can cool and harden.

Is this chocolate-covered nut recipe kids-friendly? 


Yes overall this is a kids-friendly and healthy alternative to many kids-bought snacks, although let’s go into detail 

Can children eat nuts? 

The NHS advises, that whole nuts should not be given to kids, under 5 years old, because they could swallow them and choke. 

Otherwise, it’s fine to give your kids and babies nuts, like peanuts from 6 months onwards. As long as they are small, smooth, chopped or in nut butter. 

Can babies or children eat Brazil nuts?  

Because Brazil nuts contain a high amount of selenium, you need to introduce them in small amounts only to your babies. If eating too much, can be toxic.

Otherwise, they are healthy because they contain Vitamin E, antioxidants, and magnesium and are good for your digestion. 

 

Can children eat chocolate? 

Babies, up to 2 years old should not eat dark chocolate, because it’s a source of refined sugar. Plus chocolate contains caffeine

The amount of sugar and caffeine depends on the type of chocolate, do always check the label. 

WHITE CHOCOLATE: NO caffeine. 

MILK CHOCOLATE: 9 milligrams of caffeine per 44grams. More sugar, 

DARK CHOCOLATE: 12 milligrams of caffeine per 28grams. Less sugar. 


Which superfood powders (food colouring) are safe for kids? 


Can children consume spirulina (blue/green food colouring) 

You can use blue or green spirulina to colour and dye white chocolate into vibrant and beautiful coloured chocolate.  

A create and yummy idea, to create a chocolate coating for nuts, but also to cover strawberries, and other fruits. 

But are spirulina kids friendly? 

YES, it is!! Spirulina comes with a long list of health benefits, and can not only be beneficial to adults, but also to children. 

Spirulina is a vegan protein source and is safe for children. 

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TIP:  

Make sure you are getting it from a safe source, and stick to the daily recommended doses. 

How much spirulina can a baby have a day? 

0.5-2 grams a day is the daily recommended dose of spirulina for young children, between the age of 2 to 3 years old. 

Teenagers can consume around 3 grams daily. 

Is turmeric safe for children? (orange-yellow) 

This yellow, orange spice is another healthy way of colouring white chocolate and adding tons of nutrients and benefits to your diet. 

Plus, If you can make healthy sweets for your children healthier, that’s a HUGE plus. 

How much turmeric is good for kids? 

While adults can consume around 250 milligrams and 500 milligrams daily, the daily recommended doses of turmeric for children is about 1/3 or 2/3 of it (82.5 milligrams to 165 milligrams to 65 milligrams to 330 milligrams.) 

Also, children with certain medical conditions might not be able to consume turmeric.  

Note: Always check with your doctor first, as I am not a nutritionist or health advisor. 

Can children and babies eat lemon zest? (Yellow food colouring) 

In this guide on food colouring, I also used lemon zest, dried it, and crushed it, to powder.  

Although, I haven’t used it in this direct recipe. But it’s an option because it tastes super delicious. So that’s why I was curious…

This powder made of lemon zest I mixed with melted white chocolate, and it made lovely lemon chocolate.  

But, are lemons fine for babies and kids? 

Usually, lemons should be only consumed by children older than 1-year-old. To make sure the digestion system has matured, and that the acidity is not too harsh on your baby’s stomach. 

While I am not sure, if the dried lemon zest, we are using in this recipe is also highly acidic, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, I wouldn’t feed my baby under 1-year-old anyway nuts or chocolate. 🙂 

Is red strawberry (powder) or pink dragon fruit powder food colour safe for kids? 

Yes, ???? These freeze-dried powders, are made from berries or fruits, and just pulverised without adding any sugars. 

Just make sure to read the pack packaging, to bot buy a product, that contains added sugars. And they are safe for kids from 6 months old. 

They taste super sweet because the fruit contains natural fruit sugars. 

They are excellent natural food dyes, and taste super fruity! The finer the powder, the more even the chocolate turns out.  

The strawberry powder contains bigger particles, which gives you a nice structured, chocolate dye. 

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Is bee pollen safe for kids?

No, bee pollen is not safe for children, women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Alternatively, use a piping bag, pour the chocolate in the, and cut a small hole in the pointy corner, then press the chocolate out of the bag, while the chocolate shoots out of the small hole.

Be wary, especially if you have allergies, as it could cause severe allergic reactions. Better to check with your doctor.

There have been claims, that been pollen can help to reduce pollen allergies, but they’re still is not enough evidence for that.

Are chia seeds safe for kids?

YES!! The USFDA classified it as safe.

Great news, chia seeds are more than safe for kids and even for babies. So you can conscious free prepare snacks for your kids with chia seeds.

Comments & Feedback


Did you enjoy these chocolate-covered nut recipes in all their different (rainbow) ways?

Which version is your favourite? Have you tried one yet?

Also let me know, which nuts you have chosen. (I bet it’s almonds :P)

Let me know any questions, that would be amazing 🙂

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