Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can be lower in sugar than other treats. Add in a handful of nuts and this will satisfy any snacking cravings you may have. Just remember, centenarians view sweets as celebratory foods. They are conscious about their decisions to indulge in sugar and eat it in moderation.
Yield: 12-16 clusters
1 cup toasted almonds, walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries or chopped dried fruit, coarsely chopped
6 oz dark chocolate (60%-70%, or higher), finely chopped
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp espresso powder, optional
1. In a medium bowl, toss together the almonds and the dried fruit. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on low power or until melted, but not thick. It may take from 1-2 minutes depending on the power of the microwave. Or use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. Stir in the fruit, nuts and cinnamon. Add espresso powder if desired.
3. Drop by teaspoonful for clusters, or pour onto parchment paper lined baking pan and spread evenly. Refrigerate until firm and store in air tight container in refrigerator.