RECIPE: Walnut Clusters

I used to hit the McDonalds drive thru for a large McFlurry when I had a hankering for something sweet.  Thankfully now that I actually care about the quality of food I eat, I have a different approach.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have to feed the ole’ sweet tooth, so I’ve gotten in the habit of just whipping up desserts from the healthy, all-natural foods I keep at home.
I whipped these up when we had friends over for a cookout and the girls were emailing me for a recipe.  As usual, I hadn’t measured anything out, I just eyeball these concoctions; so adjust as your see fit!
walnut cluster
In a medium-sized bowl combine:
~1/2 cup almond butter
handful of walnuts
3 shakes of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt and
~1-2 Tbsp honey
Stir up and freeze on wax paper for 15 minutes, or keep ’em in the freezer (if they don’t get eaten!)
I made a 2nd batch dipped in melted dark chocolate, which was an even bigger hit. Oh yeah!!!!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

7 thoughts on “RECIPE: Walnut Clusters

  1. Agree with All Seasons Cyclist! These look and sound delicious! I have a couple hours here without kids, and I’m thinking maybe I should just go make some up for ME! I had to laugh because your old eating habits sound just like mine! Printing recipe now.

      1. I am enjoying these right now! Awesome! I love the unique crunch the walnuts add to the creaminess. I did dip them in chocolate. And I substituted cashew butter for almond butter due to some minor almond intolerances. Otherwise, followed recipe and LOVE them! Will make again for sure. (For me it was McDonald’s diet coke and fries–and Indian buffets–and lattes. Indianapolis’s Riley’s Children’s Hospital was right there and had a McDonald’s inside. Ugh.) And the photograph for this post was exceptional!

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