There is going to come a day on your paleo journey when you just want a treat. Whether is emotional eating, cravings or the situation you’re in. Whatever it is, the day where you battle with yourself will come. If your eating a balanced paleo diet and getting enough of all the important vitamins and minerals, these days won’t be often. But I won’t lie to you and tell you they never happen.
This little ‘treat’ may be what gets you through, without the regrets and/or repercussions. Lets be clear, it is a treat food and not something I’m suggesting for everyday eating. The nuts in this recipe are a great source of good fat and will sustain you for longer. The chocolate, however, really offers no nutritional value.
Chocolate Nut Clusters
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (or chips)
3/4 cup macadamia nuts
Place the nuts in a zip lock bag and beat them up with a rolling-pin or something hard. You don’t want them broken into tiny pieces, but I usually try to break in half.
Place ‘clusters’ of the nuts (5-6 nuts each) onto a non stick, heat proof tray. I use a metal baking tray. Make sure there is a little room around them.
Place the Enjoy Life chocolate chunks into the TM bowl and melt for 2 mins/100 degrees/speed 2. NOTE: The chips wont take as long to melt because they are smaller.
Once melted, spoon over the little piles of nuts. About 1-2 tablespoons over each.
Place the tray into the fridge for 30mins or until the chocolate has re-set.
Store in fridge.
You can make these into any shape you like, they would work well in a mould. I prefer this way because its quick and easy, takes little prep, and looks a bit more adult’ish (if there is such a thing).
If you can tolerate the good quality dark chocolate then please feel free to use that. I use the Enjoy Life chocolate from here (an Australian distributor), they aren’t cheap, but they are dairy free, gluten-free, nut free, seed free, egg free and semi sweet. I know I’m not going to have any reactions or side effects to these. A great ingredient to have in the pantry for allergy sufferers.
This recipe is a good one to offer at birthday parties, instead of those packaged chocolates. My kids love them. If you are struggling, missing your sugar loaded chocolate treats, then these Chocolate Nut Clusters might be just what you need to keep you on track, but make you feel like your not missing out.