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Dark Chocolate Dipped Trail Mix Clusters

Hello beautiful people!

Happy Monday to all of my health-nuts out there!

Man, has life been nonstop lately. I mean, I just don’t feel like I can catch a break. From school, to work, to sticking with my workouts, to writing blogs, to hanging out with Blake, to spending time with family, it seems like there is ALWAYS something to do, and this week I am changing that point of view.

Okay, maybe I am not necessarily changing how busy I am, because truly I love my life and everything that is involved within my day-to-day activities, however, I am going to change how I view my busyness. I want to view my life as productive instead of busy.

If you google the word “productive” some other words that come up are worthwhile, beneficial, gratifying, and energetic. Now, I don’t know if this is the case for you, but all of my day-to-day activities, things to do, etc. tend to fall under the definitions of those words rather than the definitions of busy (which is overloaded, overwhelmed, etc.). Yes, I may feel like I am always doing something, but everything that I am doing has a purpose to my life and is something that I love, or see worthwhile when I dig deep and think about it.

Therefore, starting this week, I am going to start evaluating myself when I begin to feel overwhelmed and think to myself “why do I feel overwhelmed, why do I feel like I should do this, and is this helping pave my future path?” If it is, I cannot let myself be overwhelmed or feel busy because at the end of the day, I enjoy that activity, I am just not letting myself because I am choosing to look at that activity as work rather than pleasure, blissful, and fun.

With all of that said, no, this blog is not about productivity, but rather a recipe that I crafted while I was thinking about this topic. I crafted this recipe because it’s something that I love to do. However, when I first started making the recipe I felt like I needed to because I haven’t blogged in awhile. Then, I quickly realized that I should never do something in spite of guilt, but rather, access that if what I am doing is something that makes me genuinely happy, because that happiness and joy is what is going to pave my path in the long run, not doing things because I feel like I have to.

Therefore, I did create the recipe, and while I was creating I came to the conclusion that I should only do activities that I love when it feels natural. I should never feel like I must do something because I have not in awhile, but rather do that activity simply because it makes me happy. And then, after making this affirmation, I decided to continue with the recipe.

I love taking the time to see how different ingredients will change a nutrition profile, give me more energy, give me more protein, etc. To me it is fun and it is a way that I can unwind and relax. And I truly believe we should all have an activity that makes us feel at ease and that we can do often because it is healthy and beneficial to leading a productive and worthwhile life.

Therefore, he is my Dark Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters.

Ingredients:
1 Cup of Raw Almonds

1/2 Cup of Raw Cashews

3/4 Cup of Rolled Oats

1/8 Cup of Coconut Sugar (I used Madhava, but you could use Cane Sugar as well for a healthier alternative)

1/4 Cup of Natural Peanut Butter (I used Simply Nature from Aldi’s)

1 Cup of Ghriadelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Chop up the almonds and the cashews so they are in smaller pieces. I did this by placing them on a cutting board and simply using a knife.
  2. Mix together all of the “dry” ingredients (cut up cashews and almonds, oats, coconut sugar) in a mixing bowl)
  3. Melt dark chocolate in microwave. I do this on a low power level and stir often. It takes longer, but your chocolate will melt much better, and more smooth.
  4. Mix the peanut butter into the melted chocolate.
  5. Pour the PB/chocolate mix over all of the dry ingredients and mix well so the chocolate mixture is evenly distributed.
  6. On wax paper, or a baking sheet that has been sprayed, scoop the mixture onto the pan. You can do as big or as small scoops as you want, but my recipe and nutrition profile is based upon 1 TBSP scoops.
  7. Place in the fridge, or freeze for faster processing, until the are firm. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Again, as I stated, my recipe is based upon 1 tablespoon sized “clusters” however, you can make them bigger or smaller. I found this to be an awesome little “sweet treat” when I am really craving candy, but want to opt. out for a healthier, more natural version of it.

Some things to think about is that there are SO many options for this recipe. Truly, you could take out the coconut sugar, I just like my treats a little bit more sweet. 🙂 You could also add in more nuts, take away nuts, add dried fruit, take away the oats, the list is truly endless! As long as your have the chocolate mixture (which could also be done without the PB and work just as well) you can make any cluster that you would want and I am sure it will be tasty. Make this your recipe, so you enjoy every. single. bite.

Feel free to leave any suggestions on a recipe you want me to try next, sweet treat or not! I am always up for something new in the kitchen.  Enjoy this week, y’all! I hope it is filled with love, health, positivity, and kindness!

With all that I am,

Nicole

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