These Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters make a great addition to a holiday gift tin or a dessert buffet.
Ready in 15 minutes
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a good week. I remember office-life and how hard it was to concentrate at work in these last few weeks of the year. You’re almost there! Almost vacation time. Yay!
To further distract you, I have another totally awesome holiday treat that you should probably make this weekend. And guess what? This one is kinda, sorta healthy! Yay!
These clusters are made with heart-healthy, protein-packed raw almonds, antioxidant-powerhouse blueberries and a nice, heavy coating of good-for-you dark chocolate. Basically, these are a superfood wrapped in junk food clothing (which is pretty much my favorite kind of food).
I chose dried blueberries because I love their antioxidant powers and their tangy taste, but you can easily sub in whatever dried fruit makes you happy—dried cherries or cranberries would make for an especially festive treat! You could also leave out the dried fruit altogether and mix the almonds with raw peanuts and cashews to make a mixed nut cluster. Yum!
If the health benefits of these guys didn’t sell you, the ease of them should—you can make two dozen of them in about 15 minutes with ingredients that you probably already have kicking around in your pantry. These are the perfect sweet treat for last-minute gifts. Pack them between layers of parchment paper in a nice box with a pretty bow, and you’ve got a gift that will wow most people on your list. They don’t need to know that it took you less time to make their gift than most folks spend in the shower everyday.
I added just a tiny touch of sea salt to the top of each of these almond blueberry clusters, because there is really something about a little bit of salt that just sets off chocolate and almonds. Plus, I think the sea salt looks like a pretty little dusting of snow—fitting, right?
Skip the sea salt if you’re using salted nuts (which I don’t recommend—you have no way of controlling the salt content) or if salted sweet foods just aren’t your bag. Trust me though, it doesn’t taste salty, the salt just helps to make the flavor of the clusters multi-faceted.
If you’re wondering, these suckers are headed into my holiday gift tins along with bags of Cheddar Cheese Straws, Rolo Turtles, Spritz Cookies, and a few other yet-to-be-determined cookies. And maybe a batch of fudge. Because I just don’t know when to quit.