No Cluster Fuss — Easy No-Bake Cranberry and Almond Treats

Written By Pam Brandon and Anne-Marie Denicole On December 9, 2009

cranberry almond clusters‘Tis the season for visions of sugar plums, but we prefer the cranberries in this easy trio of healthful almonds, dried berries and dark chocolate – and you can have a guilt-free batch ready to share in a matter of minutes without ever turning on the oven.

Each nibble is a lusty combo of anti-oxidants and yum. With a dash of protein from the almonds, Vitamin C and fiber from the cranberries, and energy from the dark chocolate, you don’t need an excuse to enjoy one. Or two. Everything in moderation. 


Cranberry-Almond Clusters

Makes 2 dozen

2 cups roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips  
1 tablespoon canola oil

In a medium bowl, mix together the almonds and cranberries; set aside.

In a microwave-safe glass bowl, melt the chocolate, stirring at 30-second intervals until just melted. Stir in the oil, then the fruit-nut mixture.   

Drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper on a baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Store at room temperature.

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