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Make Chocolate-Covered Nuts & Nut Clusters: Easy Recipes!

Chocolate Covered Almonds
[1] Chocolate-covered almonds with sea salt. Photo courtesy Paleo Leap.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters
[2] For a bigger bite (and they’re even easier to make): chocolate-covered nut clusters (photo courtesy Lindt USA).

Chocolate Covered Almonds
[3] Nuts setting on parchment paper (photo courtesy Paleo Lezap).

  November 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day, which made us think:

Why don’t we make chocolate-covered nuts as gifts…and, not selflessly, for our own snacking. You need only two ingredients: chocolate and nuts.

Melt the chocolate, toss in the nuts: It’s that easy.

Among the choice of confections, we think of chocolate-covered nuts as almost guilt-free.

  • The FDA supports a daily serving of 1.5 ounces of heart-healthy nuts.
  • Chocolate-dipped nuts have much less chocolate than the 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate generally considered to be an acceptable portion.
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    You can use any nuts you wish, but the “magnificent seven,” those with the lowest saturated fats, are:

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Walnuts
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    But if your preference is for cashews or macadamias, go for it!

    You can use your chocolate of choice—dark, milk, white—but the darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids—the antioxidants that provide health benefits*. Milk chocolate doesn’t have much of them.

    The following recipe makes individually-covered nuts, but it’s even easier to make clusters:

    You don”t have to remove individual nuts from the chocolate. Just scoop the chocolate-covered nuts out with a tablespoon.
     
     
    RECIPE: CHOCOLATE COVERED NUTS

    This recipe is from Paleo Leap.

    Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time is 10 minutes.

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 cup unsalted raw nuts
  • Optional garnish: sea salt (substitute chili powder, cinnamon or other spice)
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    Preparation

    1. COVER a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring until fully melted. Stir the almonds into the chocolate, and toss until well coated.

    2. REMOVE the nuts with a fork or a slotted spoon (shake to eliminate excess chocolate) and place onto the baking sheet and sprinkle almonds with sea salt. Set aside until the chocolate is set.

    To make nut clusters: Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet.

    3. STORE in the fridge until ready to serve.

     
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    *Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular system benefits, and support a healthy nervous system (nerve regeneration, cognitive function, etc.).
     
     

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