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Chocolate Covered Prune And Almond Clusters

When people tell us they’re too intimidated to make dessert, we immediately send along this Chocolate Covered Prune And Almond Clusters Recipe. Why? Because it is seriously easy to make and teaches you a few skills.

Chocolate Covered Prune And Almond Clusters Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

First, this almond clusters recipe will help you learn how to properly melt chocolate and, second, it proves that more is not necessarily better when it comes to dessert. Yes, it is as simple as stirring together toasted almonds, prunes, and chocolate then dropping them by the spoonful into clusters.

So, if you remember how to make those dribble sandcastles from hanging at the beach as a kid, you can make this recipe. Oh, and did we mention they’re topped with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and coarse sugar for a sweet-salty mix?

Chocolate Prune Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

To make this almond clusters recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Whole raw almonds
  • Pitted prunes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Sea salt
  • Sanding sugar (aka Sparkling Sugar)

How To Make This Recipe

The main steps to make this almond clusters recipe are:

  1. Toast The Nuts: This brings a lot of flavor so don’t skip it!
  2. Melt The Chocolate: Melt the chocolate until smooth then add in the nuts and prunes
  3. Make The Clusters: Drop the clusters onto a prepared baking sheet then top with salt and sugar.
  4. Let Set: Let the clusters cool in the refrigerator until set then serve. 

Focus On Healthy-ish Recipes

Hang around here long enough, and you’ll notice all our recipes are whole foods and healthy-ish, which means that even when we make something like a sweet treat, we still opt for real ingredients that bring real nutrition.

This recipe was crafted as part of a partnership with California Prunes. They challenged us to share how to use prunes for a healthy swap, and we immediately went to dessert! We like to have something with chocolate daily, and whenever we can double down and not only tame our sweet tooth but also get real nutrition, we’re all about it.

Melted chocolate in a bowl with nuts and dried fruit being stirred in

A Word About California Prunes

You know that prunes are dried plums, but you may not know that most California prunes hail from the Petit d’Agen plum that was brought to California from France during the Gold Rush.

Fast forward, and today California grows 99% of the U.S production of prunes and 40% of the worldwide production! We like to use the D’Noir Prunes in recipes because they’re preservative-free, and they tend to be plump and flavorful.

Prunes aren’t just tasty but are also nutritional powerhouses as they don’t have fat or cholesterol but do have vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. A serving of just four prunes has 11% of your recommended daily fiber, 6% potassium, 20% of vitamin K, so they’re a great addition to a healthy immune system.

TLDR: prunes contribute to bone health, bring tons of antioxidants, and support digestive health.

Person dropping nut chocolate clusters onto a baking sheet
Prune Nut Chocolate Clusters Setting Up

If you’ve had chocolate-covered dried fruit of any kind, then you know it’s a delicious combo. While we often opt for dark chocolate-covered dried fruit, this recipe uses a mix of both milk and dark chocolate for a balance of rich and intense flavor.

But this recipe is a case of less is more in that simply mixing toasted almonds into chocolate-coated prunes and topping it with flaky salt is perfection!

Variations On This Recipe

You could make this recipe fancy as heck and mix in as many or as few things as you’d like. Maybe a mix of nuts, additional dried fruit, or even adding a pinch of spice (say, cinnamon, cayenne, or cardamom). But trust us when we say it’s pretty perfect as is.

Other Easy Chocolate Recipes

Here are a few more of our easiest chocolate recipes:

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Chocolate Covered Prune And Almond Clusters Recipe

Chocolate Covered Prune And Almond Clusters Recipe

One of the easiest and healthy-ish desserts ever, these Chocolate Covered Prune and Almond Clusters are a must-make.
4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, French
Servings 16 Clusters
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds
  • 1 cup dried prunes sliced into thin strips
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate
  • Pinch Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt, for garnish
  • Pinch Turbinado or sanding sugar for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Toast The Nuts: Turn the oven to 350°F and place a rack in the middle. Spread the nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet then toast them until they’re fragrant and just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool until they’re cool enough to handle.
  • Melt The Chocolate: Before you melt the chocolate, line a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment, or a baking mat and set it aside.
    Set up a bain-marie by placing an inch or two of water in a small saucepan and heating it to a simmer. Place a heatproof bowl (stainless steel or glass work well) over the water and add the chocolate and stir until it’s evenly melted. 
  • Make The Clusters: Once the chocolate is melted, remove it from the heat and add the nuts and prunes. Stir to make sure all the ingredients are evenly coated in the chocolate. Using a soup spoon, drop the mixture into mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them at least 1-inch apart. (You should have about 15 clusters.)
    Top each cluster with a pinch of salt and sugar, then place in the refrigerator until they’re set up. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

PERSONAL NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy chocolate dessert
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