“Paleo” Chocolate Nut Clusters

While chocolate is clearly not a part of the Paleo diet, there are a lot of acclaimed health benefits to dark, high-percentage cocoa chocolate including antioxidants and recent studies are linking dark chocolate consumption to increased metabolism. You can find organic, high percentage (look for 80% pure cocoa or higher) bars in most local grocers and even pharmacies with food sections. When you’ve given up so many vices including sugar and grains, it can be helpful to have a little ‘allowed’ treat to avoid any bad cravings.


1 dark bittersweet chocolate bar (plain)
1 cup toasted cashews
2 tbsp dried unsweetened cranberries
2-3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2-3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey
3 dashes of cayenne
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
coarse sea salt (to taste)

Break chocolate into pieces, add with coconut oil in a glass or ceramic bowl (don’t use metal bowls or spoons – it leaves a metallic taste). Bring water to a boil in a pot smaller than the chocolate bowl, place chocolate bowl on top and gently melt while stirring.

Don’t forget to protect your hands! The chocolate bowl will get hot.

Once everything is melted, add honey, cayenne and cinnamon, stir together. Add nuts, fruits and seeds, and mix everything together well.

Spread and flatten mixture onto a piece of parchment paper (I place the parchment on a cookie sheet), sprinkle with sea salt, and pop in the freezer to set.

Once set and hard (about 15 minutes), break into clusters and store in a container in the freezer.


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