Sometimes we all just need a little chocolate.
Or a lot, depending on how bad your day was...And while we all love a sneaky chocolate hit, we all also know that when it comes to chocolate you can have too much of a good thing. So the next time you need a chocolate fix without blowing the calorie budget I wholeheartedly suggest these little rippers: salted chocolate almond clusters.
Think a block of Cadbury's roasted almond chocolate but with less chocolate and more almond (plus a sprinkle of sea salt). Just enough chocolate to bind the clusters and provide chocolate-y satisfaction but not so much that you'll feel sick after eating a few. In fact, each cluster has only about 5g of chocolate, so they're practically guilt-free! Except I disagree with the notion that any food should cause guilt...but that's another story. Just trust me that these are awesome.
There are plenty of healthy chocolate varieties available now to suit all tastes and requirements: dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, organic etc. You can use regular dark if you like, but there are a number of delicious brands that are made without refined sugar. If you're on the lookout for some of these alternate brands you can find a huge variety of them at Aussie Health Products, an online store with a huge range of health foods and wellness products. You can check them out by clicking the image below:
Also if you haven't jumped on the salted chocolate bandwagon you're really missing out. Salt + sweet = flavour bomb of epic proportions. The key is to only use a tiny amount of good quality sea salt flakes on each cluster - just enough to activate the salt-sensitive tastebuds without overpowering the sweet. I won't lie, I ate four of these just in the photography editing process. Lucky for me they're jam-packed with healthy fats and antioxidants so I can feel good about it! Salted chocolate almond clusters are a prefect after dinner nibble or afternoon snack to satisfy chocolate lust.
Salted Chocolate Almond Clusters
1 cup almonds, roasted
100g chocolate of choice (see options listed in post)
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1) Melt chocolate in microwave at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until fully melted.
2) Stir almonds into chocolate until every nut is completely coated.
3) Place a teaspoon of the chocolate/nut mixture, approx 5-6 almonds, on a lined tray.
4) Sprinkle each cluster with sea salt and place in the fridge to set.
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