Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dark Chocolate Clusters

Last week my girl friend and I realized both of our hard working husbands would be out of town for business at the same time.  We immediately decided just like 17 year old girls that we needed to have a sleepover.  When you grow up you're still allowed to do that, right?  So my puppy and I packed up our things and headed up to Lake Norman for a girls' night of deep conversation, yoga, puppy snuggling and dark chocolate.  It also helps when your girlfriend lives waterfront on a lake!   I swear, driving 20 minutes north, out of the city was like I went away on vacation.  Also waking up to a huge expansive body of water is extremely relaxing...
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So to thank my friend for having us at her home, I decided to whip up these easy and healthy, yet delicious, dark chocolate clusters.  Dark chocolate is melted over omega-3 rich walnuts and dried cranberries.  I made each cluster to be about 1 inch in diameter, which I think worked perfect.  Our Lake Norman host loved them, you will too!


1 lb dark chocolate (70% Cocoa)
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries


If you have a double boiler, melt the chocolate in that.  If not, MacGyver one up by boiling water in a sauce pan with a glass bowl sitting on top of it.  Place the chocolate into the glass bowl until fully melted. 

Remove the glass bowl from the sauce pan and place on a heat resistance surface.  Add the walnuts and dried cranberries to the chocolate.  Stir together.  Spoon mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Transfer the cookie sheet to the fridge and let them set for at least 30 minutes.  Package in a small metal container to gift someone, or just enjoy straight from the fridge!

1 comment:

  1. another excellent post..

    keep it up on blogging :)

    i love the photos..