First of all I want to apologize for my lack of posts lately, life gets a little busy at times and I vowed to myself when I started my blog that I wouldn’t publish a post I wasn’t proud of. I want to give you my best, ALWAYS! But even though I wasn’t blogging I was certainly in the kitchen (it’s inevitable), and wanting to prove to myself (and others ;)) that you can make a clean Christmas treat, that not only tastes AMAZING but is easy and no one would ever guess it was clean. So I got to thinking of something I missed around the holidays, and even though I don’t have a huge chocolate sweet tooth, I LOVE turtles. In tribute to the turtle, I created something a little like a turtle and mostly like heaven. I think I can actually enjoy these, lets call them Chocolate Almond Clusters, because I know they aren’t full of preservatives, sugar (the bad kind anyways ;)) and a whole lot of ingredients I can’t pronounce.
My husband actually asked me not to make them again until after our holiday, because he can’t stop eating them. So I won’t blame you if you only make one a time ;).
Chocolate Almond Clusters
6 squares 70% or darker baking chocolate
Almond milk (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup almond butter
2-3 tbsp honey (organic if you can)
5 pitted dates (soaked in hot water for about 5 minutes)
Muffin tin lined with cups (I used silicone ones, and they are awesome!)
1/4 cup chopped almonds (I just put them in a Ziploc back and smashed them into small pieces)
1. Blend almond butter, honey, dates, splash of hot water from the bowl the dates were soaking in. Set aside.
2. Melt chocolate in a small saucepan, and add slowly stir in almond milk until you get desired consistency (should be creamy).
3. Place a small dab of chocolate on the bottom of the muffin cup.
4. Add enough chopped almonds to cover the bottom of the muffin cup (or more if you would like).
5. Add about tbsp of almond butter mixture on top.
6. Lastly, add enough chocolate on top to cover the entirely. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours, and serve!
Enjoy! If my directions have confused you in any way, please feel free to contact me. I promise you (if my instructions are straight forward enough) these are very simple, and VERY delicious!
I also wanted to share another recipe with you. This one I didn’t create, but posted on my Facebook page yesterday and made today. I haven’t had one of these since I started eating clean, because I didn’t know how to make it without mayo, and this recipe didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend you give it a whirl!
I found this picture on Pinterest and loved it. I think it describes a lot of people that decide to choose a healthy lifestyle. I know I will never be perfect, but I do know I am on a journey in life to make myself the healthiest being I can, and to help those around me achieve this too!