The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, dark chocolate is my problem. It’s my downfall, it’s my weakness… there, I said it!
Well actually, chips are also my weakness… and so are freshly made cookies… but chocolate is always the snack of choice when I need a little something-something after dinner. 🙂
Or maybe portion control is my real weakness… hmmm?!
But when it comes to chocolate, dark chocolate in particular, sometimes I wonder if it’s become an addiction!?
Just as I take my last bites of dinner, I’ve already visualized myself getting up from the table and reaching into the pantry for my stash of dark chocolate! (Hidden on the top shelf, naturally, though I’m not sure who I’m hiding it from) lol!
During the months where I was training intensely at the gym and working on my 12 week body transformation, I was trying (emphasis on *trying*) to maintain a super clean, healthy diet.
The diet that worked best for me while I was building muscle and shedding fat was very close to a keto diet.
My goal was to “build the muscle” and “starve the fat”, and so for me that was lots of lean proteins and healthy fats to build the muscle, and very little carbs and no sugar to starve the fat.
I’ll emphasize that this diet and combination of moderate-high proteins and fats and low-zero carbs and sugars is what worked for me personally. No same diet will work the same on different people, and you should listen to your body and find the right combination that works for you.
Now with that said, these dark chocolate nut clusters make for the perfect keto snack recipe.
I could not stop eating these when I made my first batch. This keto snack recipe is perfect for people who like:
- Salty (if you add a pinch of sea salt *pro tip*)
They are SO GOOD! And they use so few ingredients!
Here’s how you can make these dark chocolate nut clusters yourself. The perfect keto snack!
- ⅓ cup almonds
- ⅓ cup cashews
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
- Pinch of coarse sea salt
Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
Lightly grease a mini-muffin tin using liquid coconut oil and a basting brush. (You can also use butter, or a cooking spray of your choice).
Add a handful of mixed nuts and 1-2 small pieces of chocolate to each groove in the muffin tin. Place your pieces of chocolate both in the centre of the nut cluster and on top, this will ensure the chocolate melts around your nuts and acts as the ‘glue’ holding everything together.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes until the chocolate has fully melted and covered the nuts. Remove from the oven and sprinkle a touch of coarse sea salt over each cluster. Transfer to the freezer immediately over a baking sheet or cork hot dish plate to ensure nothing melts, and let sit in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and serve. Your dark chocolate nut clusters are ready to enjoy.
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick