Nuts and Seeds Chocolate Clusters
Nuts and seeds chocolate clusters are power packed bite sized treats. Another easy and “quick to prepare” healthy food idea on women’s week. It does not take much effort to prepare chocolate clusters at home. You can make a big batch and keep these in a jar and also these make a beautiful gift for someone looking for healthy alternatives. When you want to gift pack them; put each cluster in a mini cupcake liner and placed in a cookie tin.
Delicious chocolate foods are often restricted for those focusing on better health. You can very well enjoy a tiny indulgence here and there to keep you feeling satisfied.
The great thing about these treats is they are made with dark chocolate, nuts and seeds.
Mostly we see almonds coated in chocolate; which we all find delicious. But this time I wanted to go beyond by adding toasted seeds to the chocolate clusters.
If we talk about seeds; most of us are confused about how to use seeds in everyday meal. It is so essential to incorporate seeds to our everyday meal; especially if you are a vegetarian. So adding roasted almonds, walnuts and pistachio to the chocolates along with toasted seeds made these pretty looking clusters into energy bites. And kids love them too.
My Nuts and seeds chocolate cluster has
Flax seed – The benefits – help you improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss… and that’s just the beginning!
There are chia seeds
Chia seeds – The benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of ageing, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles and weight loss.
Pumpkin Seeds – Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. They improve heart health, prostate health and protects against certain cancers.
I have used sugar free chocolate which is rich in flavonoids, also improves blood flow to the brain and heart. These dark chocolate nut and seed clusters contain vitamin E, copper, and manganese. The combination of delicious chocolate and nut is sweet, salty, and features a satisfying crunch. It is one of my favourite after dinner treat and is perfect when there is that “gotta have it” craving for chocolate!
1/2 cup mixed seeds of your choice slightly toasted
3/4th cup of toasted and chopped nuts of your choice
5 ounce sugar free chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4th teaspoon sea salt
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or (carefully!) use the microwave. For the microwave, place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 30 second, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can temper the chocolate if using couverture.
Stir the toasted seeds and chopped nuts along with salt into the chocolate, making sure to coat each one. Spoon clusters onto a lined baking sheet, as large or small as you’d like. Then Allow chocolate to completely set. You can place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to speed it up!
Store chocolate in a jar and enjoy whenever you feel like it!