cherry almond chocolate clusters

I ended up hitting up the gym for weights tonight.  It was still so crowded!  So, I resorted to some weight machines to get my workout in.  Here’s what I did:

Upper Body Weights

  • Lateral pulldown (40 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Seated row (40 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Chest press (40 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Overhead press (20 lbs, 2 sets of 12)
  • Fly’s (20 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • 21’s (18 lb bar, 3 sets)
  • Upright row (18 lb bar, 3 sets of 12)
  • Tricep extension (10 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Tricep kickback (7.5 lb dumbbells, 3 sets of 12)
  • Back extension (10 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Abs on the ball (3 sets of 15)
  • Leg ups (3 sets of 15)

This session took me just under 30 minutes.  Good times!  Home for dinner which was leftover Wild Rice Waldorf Salad.  And, then I made the easiest and tastiest dessert ever!

Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

From Ellie Krieger, found on Healthy and Sane!

Makes 12 clusters (tbsp size)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, toasted and coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • 6 ounces 70% dark chocolate

Directions:

1. Mix the chopped almonds and cherries together in a medium bowl, set aside. (Tip: I buy all of my dried fruit and nuts at Trader Joes.  They sell organic raw nuts and unsweetened dried fruit without added oils.  They are so cheap!)

2.  In a double boiler, heat your chocolate over medium heat until melted. (Tip: I mixed 50% and 70% dark chocolate because that is what I had on hand)

3. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl with the almonds and cherries and mix.

4.  Spoon out heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (Mine only made 10 clusters!)

5.  Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate is hardened.  Store and serve at room temperature.

They came out great and were very easy to make, perfect for a quick last minute dessert.  Chocolate with cherries and almonds might be one of the best combination’s yet!

Have a great night!

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2 Responses

  1. Left overs are great to give you time to make dessert. I love the idea of making a more nutritious dessert by covering healthy ingredients in dark chocolate.

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