Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sweet fix

Sunday afternoon, I spent a little bit of time organizing myself for the week. With Spring Break on the horizon and a half marathon a little over a month away, I've been attempting to eat healthier and exercise more. So I spent some time chopping vegetables and grilling chicken for a week's worth of salads.

I was recently challenged to cut out sugar and flour from my diet. Que the wailing and gnashing of teeth. I work next door to a bakery, y'all. The torture of it being mere steps away all day long is tough to handle. 

Over a week into this challenge, I can tell you, I have not been perfect. I have cheated, but I am trying.

In my Sunday afternoon prep for the week session, I whipped up a healthier sweet treat to try to ease the pain of missing out on the baked goods next door. 

Coconut Almond Clusters

First melt about a cup of super dark chocolate chips in the microwave on 30 second intervals. (Yes, I realize this doesn't actually qualify as no sugar, but with dark chocolate the sugar content is a lower, so I'm justifying it.) 

Once the chocolate is melted, drop about a nickle sized dollop onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spread the chocolate a bit with the back of the spoon. Then grabbed about 5 to 6 raw almonds and dump on to the chocolate. Drizzled about a tablespoon more of the chocolate right on top all those almonds and spread it around. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Then put the cookie sheet into the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes. And enjoy.  


  1. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing. With college graduation coming up I have been trying very hard to eat right and exercise so a recipe like this gives me hope!!!!!!!!!

    1. The trick is not to eat them all in one sitting. Keep up the good work!!