Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Green & Black's Pistachio Coconut Clusters
For dinner this evening, we had the pot roast leftover from last night. That gave me time to make some easy peasy "Green & Black's Pistachio Coconut Clusters" for Valentines Day tomorrow. I've made similar chocolate nut clusters in the past using roasted almonds, dried cherries and coconut with 70% cacao chocolate. Tonight I wanted to try using roasted pistachios, coconut and 85% chocolate instead. I broke up a bar of Green & Black's 85% organic chocolate and melted it in a bowl in the microwave (in 30 second increments so it wouldn't burn or scorch) -- it only took about 1-1/2 minutes to melt until smooth. I sweetened it a little more by adding some drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia to the melted chocolate. I stirred in a few small scoops of dry roasted, lightly salted pistachios and a few pinches of unsweetened coconut until I had the consistency I wanted. I then dropped it by tablespoonfuls onto some parchment paper and popped it into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set. They turned out delicious...with the deep, dark, rich flavor of the Green & Black's 85% chocolate, the slight saltiness and crunch from the pistachios and the hint of coconut flavor and chewiness. They were so simple, quick and easy and took only 5 minutes to make. I snapped a few photos below for you to see. Enjoy!