Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Clusters

Attention:  last minute holiday recipe that will make you look like a star!

Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Clusters

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All you need are three ingredients and a good friend with a great family recipe she is willing to share i.e. Cheryl Toner, MS, RD:

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  1. California Walnuts haves and pieces
  2. Ocean Spray Cranberries
  3. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate

Place 10 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Melt in 30 second intervals (probably 3) until you can stir as a smooth liquid. Pour in 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup raw cranberries (YES RAW!) into bowl. Stir until walnuts and cranberries totally coated. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator until hardened. Serve to oohhs and ahhs!  

Interestingly, these treats are very healthy. Dark chocolate provides polyphenols which may assist in lowering blood pressure and have a beneficial role related to cognitive function.  Cranberries are also a source of polyphenols which have been shown to provide protection from some bacterial pathogens, cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. California Walnuts provide omega-3 fatty acids (plant-based alpha-linolenic acid) which may decrease risk for heart disease. Walnuts taste fabulous coated in dark chocolate and paired with tart raw cranberries.

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