These dark chocolate-coated almond clusters are actually heaven.
Not only is each handful of almonds draped with rich chocolate and coconut oil, but it’s then sprinkled with sea salt to balance out the sweetness. The result? Like I said: heaven.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: chocolate covered almond clusters can hardly be healthy. I mean, come on- all that sugar from the chocolate and fat from the almonds? No way!
Well, before you click off the page- let me care to share a few benefits of chocolate (yes, benefits) and almonds, that may just convince you to make this recipe for yourself. Because, in my humble opinion, in moderation chocolate can definitely do more good than harm!
Let’s first start with dark chocolate (my favorite of the chocolates):
Did you know that dark chocolate is quite nutrient dense? In fact, it contains iron, manganese, copper, selenium, magnesium… the list goes on! Additionally, it’s a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can help prevent disease and sickness.
Now, another favorite of mine: almonds.
These nutrient-packed nuts contain healthy fats (that will keep you feeling fuller for longer), protein, and plenty of nutrients (ie. magnesium, vitamin E, and manganese). Additionally, they also are packed full of antioxidants!
Vitamins, antioxidants, protein? These snacks are starting to sound pretty healthy to me!
Now of course, desserts are always best consumed in moderation. Luckily, these almond clusters are the perfect size to keep you in check in that regard, yet completely satisfy any chocolate cravings you may be experiencing.
Healthy and delicious? You see what I meant about heaven? 😉
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters
- 3/4 c raw almonds
- 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp coarse sea salt
Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every thirty seconds. Mix until smooth. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Add almonds to the chocolate and stir until completely coated, then scoop tablespoons of the mixture onto the wax paper. Sprinkle with sea salt. Freeze for 10 minutes, or until frozen. Enjoy!
Note: if not enjoying right away, store in the freezer.
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 20 servings)