Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters

This is definitely my favorite little cure for having a sugar craving.  There’s enough sweetness in these little guys to satisfy your sweet tooth without overindulging…AND it packs protein.

Here, I’m adding almonds to the melted chocolate.  When making any kind of nut clusters, I prefer for the nuts to be lightly coated in the mixture.  This way, there are more nuts in the clusters than chocolate.  Spoon the clusters on to wax paper for them to set.  One of the great things about making clusters is that you can decide how big or small you want them to be.  Here, I made some bigger ones, along with little bite sized clusters.  You also have a lot of flexibility with what you want to add to the clusters.  Almonds, peanuts, cashews, macademias, there are so many options!

Ta Da!!  I put these in the refrigerator to help them set faster.  Letting chocolate harden in the refrigerator or freezer gives that glossy, smooth look.  When making chocolates in bulk, I always stick them in the freezer since it saves so much time.  Just try not to eat them directly out of the freezer, since they get so hard.  Ouch!

Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters Recipe:

1 lb. almonds

8 oz. dark chocolate, melted

Microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time and until completely melted (do not overheat, chocolate will clump).  Add almonds and stir until all almonds are covered.  Scoop out clusters by the spoonful, set on wax paper to harden.

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