What I Made This Week

I have a fun project to share tomorrow!  I’m very excited for it.  It’s sort of a multi-phase thing that will progress over time, but even with just phase one completed, it’s a big transformation.  So, what I mostly made this weekend was sore muscles, but I did find some time to make one little treat.  And it was well worth it!

I found this pin:

{41 calories} A Paleo Treat ~ Chocolate Almond Clusters - #Gluten-Free and #Vegan  #juliesoissons

and peeked at the recipe and it seemed easy enough.  I made a couple of tweaks and made it even easier.

Here are my ingredients:


That’s about a half cup of dark chocolate chips, a handful of dried cranberries and a handful of almonds.  The recipe I pinned called for the chocolate to be melted on the stove.  I’m not a fan of that.  It’s messy and you can burn the chocolate if you stop paying attention.  The chocolate chip bag says that you can pop the chips in the microwave for 45 seconds to melt them.  I think ended up doing 45 seconds and then giving it a stir and another 20 seconds until it looked like this:



I’ll wait while you lick the spoon.

The next part is simple.  Drop a teaspoon full of the melty chocolate goodness onto parchment paper (yes, you have to use parchment or wax paper.  Go ask your neighbor or your mom, like I did).  Now, top them with a few almonds and dried cranberries and pop them in the fridge.  Somehow, I forgot to take a picture of this part.  I’ll chalk it up to chocolate coma.  I put mine in the fridge for about fifteen minutes and then tried one.  It probably should have been more like, maybe, an hour?  But who’s gonna wait that long for chocolate?  Not me.  They would have been worth the wait though.  They were chocolatey perfection with a nice crunch from the almond and then the tartness of the cranberry.  So, so good.  Also, this is one of those things that is so rich, you won’t be able to eat a whole bunch of them.

If you link to the recipe above, there is some nutritional information.  They are listed as gluten free and paleo.  I checked The Paleo List about dark chocolate and they do confirm dark chocolate is ok for a Paleo diet.

oPaleo ChocoNutBerry Clusters


I hope you give them a try!

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