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Salted Macadamia Clusters

Dark chocolate and macadamia nuts clustered with coarse sea salt. Make it!

Macadamia nut clusters are a classic Hawaiian treat. We made them healthier with 72% cacao dark chocolate and raw pistachios. And with a pinch of coarse sea salt these chocolates look and taste like they came from a gourmet chocolatier. Read on for this easy 3-ingredient, no-bake recipe.

Recently, my son and I traveled to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. While we were there we may or may not have eaten the “Hawaiian sushi” known as Spam musubi. And we definitely indulged in chocolate covered macadamia nuts. The famous Mona Loa brand is made with milk chocolate.

As you know, milk chocolate is not compliant on the lectin free plan. First, it has too much sugar. And second, it contains milk from a1 cows. So, to make these Lectin Free Gourmet macadamia clusters Plant Paradox compliant, we’re going to use the right chocolate.

Be sure to buy dark chocolate that has a cacao content of 72% or higher to ensure you aren’t getting too much sugar. There are lots of options out there. I like the Kroger house brand Private Selections 72% cacao chocolate chips. And Trader Joe’s 72% cacao Belgian Chocolate bar is a smooth choice.

In case you were wondering, YES, 72% cacao chocolate does have sugar. But the sugar content is so minimal, that Dr Gundry allows it. Just limit yourself to two macadamia nut clusters per day.

Finally, look for raw macadamia nuts. If you choose roasted nuts, you risk consuming seed oils. Often, nuts are roasted in cheaply processed safflower or sunflower oils.

Are you ready to make this delicious treat? Let’s go!


The Recipe

LFG Macadamia Clusters

1/2 Cup Raw Macadamia Nuts

4 oz 72% Dark Chocolate

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt

Step 1: Melt Chocolate

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate for 1 minute in the microwave.

Step 2: Add Nuts

To the melted chocolate, add macadamia nuts. Stir until well coated.

Step 3: Create Clusters

Onto a parchment-lined plate, spoon 6-8 clusters about one inch apart. The chocolate may spread slightly.

Step 4: Add Salt

Sprinkle each cluster with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Let set on a cool countertop for about an hour before eating.


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