When it comes to sweets, I’m a major chocolate junky. I get “chocolate-wasted”! Obviously, store-bought chocolate is usually not very good or good for me, so I don’t always have it around. Sometimes, I’ll go to the movies and, instead of buying candy or chocolate at the theatre, I’ll sneak some in from the candy shop that’s a few doors down. I’ll usually get the chocolate caramel clusters with almonds or something. There’s nothing better than watching a great flick with candy I just snuck in.
Anyway, this recipe will be a delicious and healthier alternative for when you feel like sneaking snacks into the theatre to save $40…
Paleo Chocolate, Caramel & Almond Clusters
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (http://amzn.to/2h7j5Rn)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (http://amzn.to/2gVGpkP)
- 3/4 cup raw almonds (or nuts of choice) (http://amzn.to/2h4eooz)
- 16 pitted dates (http://amzn.to/2hhMvwQ)
- 1 cup almond or other non-dairy milk (http://amzn.to/2h77jnX)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (http://amzn.to/2gbKzWh)
- sea salt (http://amzn.to/2gbKr9h)
- First put dates in a bowl of water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. The longer they soak, the easier they’ll be to blend.
- Put chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Add coconut oil, if using. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth. Divide nuts evenly between the cavities of a muffin tin (mine had 12).
- Drizzle with a little chocolate, just until all nuts are covered a little. Place tin in freezer or refrigerator to set.
- Put dates in a food processor and run until they form a paste, scraping down the sides. Add the milk gradually (you might not use the whole cup) until the mixture comes together in a relatively smooth sauce.
- Keep scraping down the sides of the food processor to ensure the date pieces are getting blended. This took me about 15 minutes.
- Divide caramel evenly between the 12 nut clusters, then top with chocolate.
- Sprinkle with a little sea salt and return to the fridge of freezer to set. When ready to serve, carefully pop from the muffin tin (a butter knife is good for this).
- Also, if you want to make these as Christmas gifts or Holiday treats, here’s the link to some goodie bags you can package them in… (http://amzn.to/2h4bzUt)