Easy Dark Chocolate Covered Walnuts

These three ingredient dark chocolate covered walnuts are the perfect combination of rich dark chocolate, crunchy walnuts and a hint of saltiness. These are a great snack that will both satisfy your sweet tooth and make for a fun way to enjoy nutritious walnuts!

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Why you’ll love them

If you have a sweet tooth that you’re constantly trying to satisfy, you have to try these dark chocolate covered walnuts.

They’re quick, they’re easy, and they have the perfect flavor combination of sweet, salty and nutty.

Whether you’re looking for a satisfying snack to add to your lunch bag or you need an idea for a special occasion (these would make great gifts!), these chocolate-covered walnuts are perfect.

Health benefits of walnuts

These aren’t just tasty, they come with some cool nutrition benefits too! Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, making them a super nutritious food to add to our diet.

Research has shown that eating walnuts may help reduce cholesterol, decrease inflammation, reduce risk of some cancers, and even benefit brain health.

Along with being high in healthy fats, walnuts also have about 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per 1 ounce of walnuts.

Just a handful of walnuts a day can make an impact on your health, so these chocolate walnuts paired with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate are a great way to enjoy them!

Walnuts, dark chocolate chips and flaky sea salt on a countertop with labels.

Ingredients

You only need three ingredients for these easy chocolate covered nuts!

  1. Walnuts: You can use any walnuts for this (even chopped!), but walnut halves are the best to use for this. I get this bag from Amazon because it’s 40 ounces of walnuts for a great price!
  2. Dark chocolate: I’m pretty picky when it comes to dark chocolate, because I don’t like it bitter. These dark chocolate Snacking & Baking Gems from Hu are hands down my favorite. It’s only three ingredients: organic cacao, organic coconut sugar and organic fair-trade cocoa butter. I also find that they melt down super smooth even without adding additional oil.
  3. Flaky sea salt: To add a hint of saltiness, I love to top these walnuts with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. You can grab some here.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. First, roast the walnuts. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Note: You can also make these without roasting them, but roasted walnuts are a little crunchier and have a deeper nutty flavor.
Roasted walnuts on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange walnuts in a single layer.
  2. Roast for about 7-8 minutes until walnuts are fragrant. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a bowl. Save your sheet pan and parchment paper, you’ll need both for next steps (add new parchment paper if needed).
A white bowl of melted dark chocolate with walnuts in the background.
  1. Add dark chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave chocolate in 15-30 second increments until smooth and creamy, stirring with a spoon in between microwave sessions. Note: I find 1.5 cups of chocolate chips to be enough becaude I don’t mind if there , but you may prefer more if you like a thicker layer on
Walnuts in a bowl of melted chocolate ready to be coated in chocolate.
  1. In small batches, add walnuts to the bowl of melted chocolate and toss each walnut half gently with a fork until the chocolate coating is to your preference (you can coat each walnut completely, coat them in clusters or leave them partially uncoated). Remove the walnuts from the bowl by lifting with the fork and allowing excess chocolate to drip off.
A fork lifting a chocolate covered walnut out of a bowl of melted chocolate.
  1. Place chocolate coated walnuts on the parchment paper lined sheet pan in an even single layer.
A sheet pan with parchment paper and dark chocolate covered walnuts.
  1. Finish by sprinkling with flaky sea salt.
A close up shot of dark chocolate covered walnuts with flaky sea salt on top.
  1. When finished, put the sheet pan in the freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.
A sheet pan with parchment paper and dark chocolate covered walnuts sprinkled with flaky sea salt.
  1. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Note: You can store at room temperature but they won’t last as long.
A clear glass jar of dark chocolate covered walnuts.

Recipe Variations

  • Don’t like dark chocolate? You can use any other type of chocolate chocolate that you enjoy! White chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips will all work fine.
  • Instead of flaky sea salt, you could also add chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, or cocoa powder.
  • Make chocolate covered nut clusters by coating 2-3 walnuts at a time and placing them on the parchment paper in a cluster.
  • Use this recipe for any other tree nuts that you want to coat in chocolate! You could do cashews, peanuts, almonds or pecans!
  • For a nut-free version, use pumpkin seed or sunflower seeds and make chocolate covered seed clusters!

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An overhead shot of dark chocolate covered almonds in a glass mason jar.

Dark Chocolate Covered Walnuts

Decadent dark chocolate covered walnuts made with dark chocolate, walnuts and flaky sea salt.
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Course: Snack
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 cups walnuts halves and pieces, shelled
  • 1.5 cups dark chocolate chips
  • flaky sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • First, roast the walnuts. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Note: You can also make these without roasting them, but roasted walnuts are a little crunchier and have a deeper nutty flavor.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange walnuts in a single layer.
  • Roast for about 7-8 minutes until walnuts are fragrant. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a bowl. Save your sheet pan and parchment paper, you'll need both for next steps (add new parchment paper if needed).
  • Add dark chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave chocolate in 15-30 second increments until smooth and creamy, stirring with a spoon in between microwave sessions.
  • In small batches, add walnuts to the bowl of melted chocolate and toss gently with a fork until the walnut is coated to your preference (you can coat each walnut completely, do them in clusters or leave them partially uncoated).
  • Remove the walnuts from the bowl by lifting with the fork and allowing excess chocolate to drip off.
  • Place chocolate coated walnuts on the parchment paper lined sheet pan in an even single layer.
  • Finish by sprinkling with flaky sea salt. When finished, put the sheet pan in the freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Note: You may need to adjust the amount of chocolate chips based on how thickly or thinly coated you like your walnuts.

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