We are in the Christmas countdown. My small-ish family of 5 has grown over the years to 12! Yes 12. Twelve is a lot of people to buy presents for. I went the DIY route this year and made lash lengthening serum, headache salve and eye cream for the ladies of my family. I’m not sure I should be proud or scared of my crunchiness. I was only missing one ingredient out of the 14 I needed for my presents. Still not sure what the males of my family are getting but maybe they want thicker lashes too! I took the suggestions from comments about children’s books and picked up some good ones for all my little nieces and my nephew.
At my house, Christmas time is synonymous with Christmas candy. Caramels, spritz cookies, English toffee, fudge, cherry mash candies and peanut cluster all were staples of my childhood. I could eat about a pound of sweets in one sitting. If I could pick a favorite candy of my past, it would be like picking which family member I like best. There is no right answer! I love them all. I used my mom’s peanut cluster recipe and made it into paleo chocolate cashew clusters! Her recipe contained almond bark, which I am not entirely sure what almond bark even is. Anyways I swapped in my paleo “white chocolate” from my Spooky Banana Pops for the almond bark. These chocolate cashew clusters are addictive! I suggest sharing them with friends and family to avoid consuming the whole batch.
- 6 oz chocolate chips, about 1 cup
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
- 2 cups raw cashews
- In a large bowl, mix first 3 ingredients.
- Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between until all ingredients are melted together.
- Alternatively you can mix all ingredients together in a double boiler.
- Stir in cashews.
- Place bowl in fridge to help the chocolate set up. Stir every 5-10 minutes until the chocolate begins to stick to the cashews.
- Use a 1/2 tablespoon to scoop clusters of nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet or silpat.
- Place baking sheet into the fridge to finish setting up.