10 Minute Paleo Salted Dark Chocolate Nut & Fruit Clusters

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Paleo Salted Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut ClustersA perfect holiday gift that goes together in 10 minutes, tastes delicious, and lets you personalize to your heart’s content!!  I was inspired by Tammy Credicott’s Paleo Indulgences recipe…I had made something similar before, and her book reminded me!!  You will love these beautiful candies and have fun coming up with your own variations.

INGREDIENT NOTE:  In this recipe, I have used some unsweetened chocolate to further reduce the sugar and make an exceptionally dark chocolate.  You can use any chocolate you like….milk, semisweet, dark, or homemade!  It will all work…do it to your sweet preference!

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10 Minute Paleo Salted Dark Chocolate Nut & Fruit Clusters
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Serves: 20
  • 9 ounces dark chocolate
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon palm shortening or coconut oil
  • 1½ cups toasted nuts of choice (I used whole almonds)
  • ½ cup whole dried cranberries or cherries, to taste
  • Coarse sea salt
  1. Melt your chocolate and palm shortening. I use a microwave or the stove top. It is important when using a microwave not to burn your chocolate and cause it to seize. I heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and if necessary, additional 30 second increments. Refer to the picture below to notice how there are still visible chunks of chocolate, but some visible melted chocolate as well. From here, you continue to stir it until smooth and fully melted.
  2. Stir in our nuts and fruit of choice. There should be no additional chocolate pooling in the bottom of the bowl, add more nuts and fruit if necessary.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet. Shape as necessary.
  4. Sprinkle with a touch of coarse sea salt.
  5. Place the pan into the freezer to hasten hardening.

Here is the chocolate, starting to melt…still visible whole chunks!

With a bit of stirring, the mixture smooths and melts entirely.

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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16 comments on “10 Minute Paleo Salted Dark Chocolate Nut & Fruit Clusters
  1. Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free says:

    Oooohhh.. these look good! I have a very similar recipe but with caramel. I’ll have to try your sea salt and cranberry version!!! Thanks :)

  2. France @ Beyond The Peel says:

    Those are fun! SO easy and I love the sprinkle of salt for balance. Perfect little treat to whip up if I need to bring something with me but don’t have the time to bake.

  3. Vicky says:

    Lovely, you’re making me hungry Tessa!

  4. Lisa Lynn says:

    Ooooo, yum! I love dark chocolate and these sound awesome :) I would love to have you link this to the Wildcrafting Wednesday blog hop!


    Hope to see you there!

  5. Ricki says:

    These look incredible, Tessa!! Perfect holiday treat.
    And I’m so sorry the Linky wasn’t working again tonight! I’m not sure what the problem is. . . but have contacted the site adiminstrator and hopefully it will be all clear from now on. It’s up and running–hope you’ll head back to link up. :)

    And have a wonderful holiday!!


  6. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    Oh yes please!! These sound great! Got them tweeted and pinned!

  7. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says:

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  8. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    These sound so good, and I love how wholesome they are. They look delicious too!

  9. Angie@ConsciousEatery says:

    I made these as a Christmas gift for my brother, and they were delicious! I chose toasted pecans and cashews for the nuts. Yum!

  10. Sherri says:

    Made these today…do you have to store them in the freezer, or just harden them in the freezer?

  11. Andrea says:

    Okay, I have to make these, too! They look delicious. My daughter has tree nut allergies, but I bet these would still be good with peanuts as well! Thanks for the recipe :)

  12. These are to die for! Thanks so much for sharing them at Healing with Food Friday. Happy Holidays to you!
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