Salted Dark Chocolate and Cherry Almond Clusters

For those days when you want a tasty treat, these clusters are for you. Chopped cherries and whole almonds are coated with dark chocolate and sea salt.

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Salted Dark Chocolate and Cherry Almond Clusters

Recipe by Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (38 grams) fresh cherries, washed, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup (30 grams) raw whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (88 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon (2 grams) fine sea salt

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the chopped cherries and chopped almonds. Place the chocolate chips in a separate microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until the chips are thoroughly melted. Pour the melted chocolate into the cherry and almond mixture. Stir with the rubber spatula until the almonds and cherries are coated with chocolate. Using a tablespoon, scoop out about 2 tablespoons to make 2-inch x 2-inch chocolate clusters and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serves 5.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cluster (25 grams)

CALORIES 123; TOTAL FAT 8g; SAT. FAT 3g; CHOL. 0mg; SODIUM 158mg; CARB. 13g; FIBER 2g; SUGARS 11g; PROTEIN 2g; POTASSIUM 124mg; PHOSPHORUS 54mg

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Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC-based media Dietitian, food and nutrition writer and owner of Nutrition ȧ la Natalie. Natalie writes for many national publications such as Parade, Eating Well, Shape.com and Runner's World. She has also appeared on local TV segments and is frequently quoted in national publications. Natalie is very honored to have won the award for Top Food & Nutrition Feature Article in 2017 for “Decoding Food Label Claims: The Lowdown on Package Promises”, as well as the 2016 Stone Soup Blogger of the Year award. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


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