Spiced Apple Almond Cluster

This yummy snack mixes apple chips with chopped almonds, puffed brown rice and warm fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s all wrapped up into one little bite with a sweet coating of almond butter and agave, making them vegan and gluten-free.

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Spiced Apple Almond Cluster

Recipe by Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (19 grams) apple chips, broken into smaller pieces
  • ½ cup (6 grams) brown puffed rice
  • ½ cup (70 grams) raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon (1 gram) fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) agave
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) creamy salted natural almond butter

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the apple chips, puffed rice and unsalted almonds. In a smaller bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice and stir. Heat a sauce pan over low heat and place the agave, almond butter and spice mix into the pan. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes until the almond butter is melted and the ingredients thoroughly come together. Pour the almond butter-agave mixture on top of the apple chip-almond mixture. Stir until the almonds are evenly coated. Form small balls (about 2 tablespoons) with the mixture and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serves 11.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 cluster (15 grams)

CALORIES 74; TOTAL FAT 5g; SAT. FAT 1g; CHOL. 0mg; SODIUM 44mg; CARB. 6g; FIBER 1g; SUGARS 3g; PROTEIN 2g; POTASSIUM NA; PHOSPHORUS NA

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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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