Sweet & Salty Chocolate Toasted Almond Clusters using only 3 ingredients. A healthy gluten free dessert recipe perfect for the holidays or your next cookie exchange!
An Easy Holiday Cookie Recipe for Chocolate Lovers
Do you try to find ways to reach out to your neighbors?
I find one of the easiest ways to engage them or send a nice friendly gesture is around the holidays.
Almost everyone is going to except a box of chocolates or cookies, and no harm no foul if you invite them to Christmas Eve service. 🙂
Every year, since Mike and I have being married, we’ve made a small box of cookies for our neighbors and then hand them out. Even Cason looks forward to it every year. 🙂 Last year he was so excited to hop out of the car and run up to ring the doorbell and give them a box of cookies. It was so sweet! He was especially excited to ring his PE teachers doorbell. 🙂
What I love about this tradition is, first off, it’s fun to make the cookies together. Secondly, I love being able to teach Cason how to have a kind servants heart. Being able to see that in action with how excited he was last year was just the cherry on top.
My go to recipes for that Cookie Gift Box are:
- Christmas Wreath Cookies: a recipe passed down through my husbands family, these are a families favorite recipe to make and share every year
- Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – a newer recipe I made a couple years ago but our family has fallen in love with them. Plus… chocolate. DUH!
- Mint Dark Chocolate Crackle Cookies – Mint is a must in our house and these moist chewy chocolate filled cookies are to die for! They are always a hit!
- Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – I’m a sucker for anything with coconut and chocolate, so really I just make these for me and my neighbors benefit!
- Cream Cheese Cookies – My husband is obsessed with these cookies. A friend of ours made them for a party one year and I finally got the recipe last year, so now these are on our “christmas cookie must make list.” I’ll have to post that recipe next year!
Ok, so those are the standard cookie recipes for the box. But this year I’m adding one more “easy” recipe. These Sweet & Salty Chocolate Toasted Almond Clusters, made with 3 ingredients and come together in minutes. The key here if you want a really nice “toasted” flavor to your almonds is roasting them in the oven.
How to Roast Almonds at Home:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add raw almonds to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until toasted.
- Remove from oven and let rest.
How to Make Healthy Almond Clusters:
- Melt dark chocolate melting wafers in a large bowl.
- Once melted add in cinnamon, stir to combine.
- Add roasted almonds to a large bowl with flavored chocolate. Stir to coat all the almonds.
- Scoop out in 2 tablespoon portions on parchment paper.
- Garnish with sea salt. Serve.
Honestly, part of the “healthy” is just not adding a bunch of other “stuff” to your recipe. You only need a few quality ingredients to get a great product and this recipe is case and point.
So if you’re in need of an easy yet healthy dessert recipe this holiday season I’ve got your back with these Chocolate Toasted Almond Clusters. They come together just as quickly as they disappear, in minutes!
You’ll love the sweet & salty thing these clusters have going on and the hint of cinnamon in the chocolate warms your tummy right up.
Bon Appetit friends.
Sweet & Salty Chocolate Toasted Almond Clusters using only 3 ingredients then sprinkled with sea salt. A healthy gluten free dessert recipe perfect for the holidays or your next cookie exchange.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 2 cups dark chocolate melting wafers
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- sea salt to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place almonds on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until toasted.
- Remove from oven.
- Place chocolate melting wafers in a medium bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring throughout until completely smooth.
- Add cinnamon to the chocolate, stir to mix.
- Next, add roasted almonds to the bowl of chocolate and stir them in to coat all of the almonds with chocolate.
- Scoop out spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons worth for each ball) and place on parchment paper. Continue process until chocolate almond mixture is gone.
- Garnish with sea salt flakes or course sea salt.
- Let cool to harden and serve.
- Serving Size: 1 cluster
- Calories: 121
- Sugar: 7 g
- Sodium: 95 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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