This quick and easy candy is basically a low-sugar version of the more traditional nut clusters found in most chocolate candy assortments. The deep rich chocolate provides the perfect light, yet satisfying, perfectly portion-controlled ending to any dinner, or makes an elegant addition to any holiday platter.
1/4cupsliced almonds, toasted (optional) and chopped
1tablespoondried cranberries, chopped
3ouncessemisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Add nuts to a non-stick skillet and dry roast for just a couple of minutes (optional).
Chop nuts and fruit. Add to a single bowl, or keep items separate if your prefer.
Add 2 ounces of chocolate chips to a glass bowl and microwave at 50 percent power for 30 seconds. Remove bowl and stir chocolate.
Microwave at 50 percent power for another 15-20 seconds. Remove bowl and stir in remaining ounce of chocolate chips.
Continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. If necessary, return to microwave for 5 second intervals.
Drop 1 teaspoon of chocolate onto parchment paper and spread into a 2-3 inch circle with back of spoon. Quickly repeat with remaining chocolate to make a total of 12 chocolate disks.
Sprinkle fruit and nuts over the top and press lightly so the toppings stick to the chocolate.
Let cool until chocolate firms (approximately 45 minutes) or refrigerate for 20 minutes if you can't wait.
Cranberry-Pistachio: Substitute all, or part, of the walnuts and almonds with pistachios
Apricot-Almond: Substitute dried apricots for the cranberries and almonds for the walnuts
Apple-Peanut: Substitute dried apples for the cranberries and peanuts for the nuts
The fruit and nut combinations literally are endless...Vary the fruit toppings to your liking: dried mangos, dates, cherries, apricots, cranberries, raisins and prunes would all taste great.Some of our favorite nuts include: walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios and you could even use pumpkin or pomegranate seeds.You can also stir in 1-2 drops of doTERRA essential oils into the melted chocolate. Think Wild Orange, Peppermint, or even On Guard Protective Blend. Get creative and make the clusters your own.Please note that your calories and WW SmartPoints may vary based on different fruit and nut combinations used.Serving size: 1 fruit & nut chocolate clusterWeight Watchers PointsPlus: *2Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3
Low Sugar Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 chocolate cluster)
Calories 65Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.