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If you that guessed chocolate might be involved with my soynut treat, you were right on!!!

While the soynuts alone make a nice and healthy snack, covering them with chocolate makes them awesome! Imagine a very tasty candy that is good for you! This is truly the most exciting find of our locavore* experience!

The greatest fear, I think, that my family had regarding our year of 80/20% locavoreness and the elimination of prepackaged food, was that they wouldn’t have anything good to eat. I have tried to quell their apprehensiveness by making puddings, cookies, cakes and other not so healthy items for dessert and snacks. While this has kept everyone on plan, it’s not an optimal solution.

But, then came the soynut clusters…here is a snack/dessert/candy that is so delicious that a batch goes in minutes and so yummy that there is competition in the house for who gets to make the next set…

Just two ingredients – soynuts and chocolate chips fused together – create a candy that rivals protein bars in terms of protein and fiber

For each batch, one bag of soynuts (250 cal, 23 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber) are mixed with 3 servings of chocolate chips (210 cal). Our method makes 10 chocolate clusters with each one having 46 calories, 2.3 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber.

Comparing to a candy, say a Snickers bar (280 cal, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber), a similar number of calories (276 for 6 clusters) has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.

Comparing to a protein bar like Special K’s chocolate delight protein snack bar (110 cal, 4 g protein, 0 fiber), 2 soynut clusters have 92 calories, 4.6 g protein, 2 g fiber. Luna’s chocolate protein bar is a bit more nutrient packed, but it is still close: Luna: 170 cal, 12 g protein, 3 g fiber vs 4 soynut clusters: 184 cal, 9 g protein, 4 fiber.

But, most importantly, these chocolate soynut clusters are DELICIOUS. So you can have your cake (candy) and eat it too!

Chocolate Soynut Clusters

Ingredients

1  package of Soynuts (2 oz) – I recommend Farmers Roasted Soynuts from here in Sanford

45 grams of chocolate chips (about 90)

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*Chocolate isn’t very locavore, but that’s what the 20% non-local foods are for. One 12-oz bag of chocolate chips ($2.49) yields 7 1/2 batches of soynut clusters.

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