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Want a super easy, low-sugar Valentine’s treat?

 

With only three ingredients (four if you happen to have pink peppercorns around) you can make these Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters in about five minutes or less.

Here it is, step-by-step:

roasting almonds

Roast the almonds in a 350 degree oven until you can just start to smell their nuttiness. I used a toaster oven to avoid heating up the whole oven for this quick technique.

makeshift double boilerMelt 4 oz of dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar. You can use the microwave, but the more I learn about what this does to our food, the less I’m using it. This is my makeshift double boiler. Sorry about the spotty bowl, it’s well-loved and scratched up. (Not dirty, LOL!)

chocolate meltedOnce the chocolate looks like this, stir the almonds into the chocolate.

Ingredients ready

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.drop

Sprinkle with sea salt. I added pink peppercorns because I had them on hand. (The salt I used is pyramid sea salt flakes from Trader Joe’s.) Smoked sea salt would be interesting, too.

finished productOf course, you could leave out the peppercorns and just use regular sea salt, but with the big Valentine’s Day coming up, I loved the little pink peppercorns on top.

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