Salted Almond and Coconut Clusters
Almond Clusters – Another Delicious Option
I came up with these salted almond coconut clusters as another delicious option where I put Lily’s chocolate to the test. It is no secret that I love my sweets. My sweet tooth ruled my life for decades. Creating wonderfully nutritious, as well as delicious treats has become somewhat of a hobby. Part necessity, part challenge and ultimately what keeps me motivated, on track and satisfied.
Creating these delicious treats was not always an option. In fact just a few decades ago this would not have been possible. I always failed to keep weight off because there were just not great tasting alternatives out there. With the advent of sugar alcohols though, this is changing quickly.
Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration
For me living low carb successfully has become a journey about offering myself options, lots of delicious options. These options provide me with something concrete that I can rely on to curb that incessant urge I used to have to binge. In the beginning I sought out low carb sweets. Atkins offers a plethora of these treats. The problem I have with them though is that they also weigh in heavy on the pocket book and did not have the nutritional density I’m looking to include now. Nutritional density is something that I have become increasingly aware of and concerned with at this juncture in my life. I’ve come to realize that just because something is sweet, does not mean that it cannot do my body good.
The inspiration for this came from Atkin’s Coconut Almond Bar. I wanted something with a lot of texture. For me texture is what gives you that all important feeling that you are not missing out on a thing. This treat is part salty, part coconut macaroon sweet, with lots of toasted almond crunch and a smidgen of chocolate that is gonna make you happy, happy, happy! Voila, meet Mike’s Almond Joy on steroids. For me this treat is pure comfort and something that I think you will make for yourself again and again. Here’s to creating something sweet that’s also good for us. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.
Salted Almond and Coconut Clusters
With this recipe I wanted something with a lot of texture. For me texture is what gives you that all important feeling that you are not missing out on a thing. This treat is part salty, part coconut macaroon sweet, with lots of toasted almond crunch and a smidgen of chocolate that is gonna make you happy, happy, happy!
10 Minutes to melt and drizzle chocolate and chill.
Preheat your oven to 300º F. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tin with a non-stick cooking spray. I use coconut oil. Assemble your ingredients. Set up a small saucepan filled with water to the halfway mark. This is a water bath that you will use later to melt your chocolate.
Beat your egg whites, sweetener, salt and extract with a hand mixer or immersion stick blender until frothy. Add in the almonds and coconut and thoroughly combine to coat your almond coconut mixture completely. This is the glue that is gonna keep this little baby together.
With your hands get some of the almond coconut mixture and put equal amounts into the bottom of the muffin cups. Continue stirring the mixture with your hands as you go in a continuous process until your done. This keeps all that egg white and sugar from settling to the bottom of your bowl.
Put in the oven and bake for about 20-24 minutes. Keep on eye on them. 22 is the magic number for my oven, but what you will be looking for is for the edges to start taking on a golden color. When they are done. Remove them from the oven and let them sit for approximately 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin and transferring them to a baking rack to cool completely.
Heat your water up to boiling and turn off the heat. Place the chocolate in a small measuring cup and let it sit for a few minutes before stirring it. You can add a very small amount of butter or coconut oil to improve the viscosity of the chocolate. This will make drizzling the chocolate a lot easier. I melt mine in a little squeeze bottle that I purchased at a hobby store. It works great and controls the messy ordeal of drizzling your chocolate with a spoon. When your chocolate is silky smooth drizzle it onto you almond coconut rounds and then sprinkle with the sea salt flakes. When your done pop them in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set the chocolate.
Now that all that all that exhaustive work is done, get ready to sit back and enjoy one of these super easy to make treats with a cup of coffee or tea.
Nutrition Facts - Calculated using My Fitness Pal
Servings 12 @ 1 each
Fat 10g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 91mg, Potassium 79mg, Total Carbs 6g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 1g,
Protein 3g, Net Grams 3g