Easy Coconut Clusters are a great snack that is easy to make and requires few ingredients. They’re also healthy and delicious! When you’re looking for a snack that’s easy to make, give these clusters a try!
Making your own snacks is a great way to ensure that you know exactly what is going into them. That’s why I love this easy Coconut Clusters Recipe – it only requires a few simple ingredients, and it’s so delicious! These clusters are perfect for a quick snack, or even as part of a dessert.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Sweet and coconutty – If you’re a fan of coconut, you’re going to love these clusters!
- Quick and easy – This recipe comes together in just a few minutes, so it’s perfect for when you’re short on time.
- Healthy snack – These clusters are made with just a few ingredients (cashews, chocolate chips, cereal, and coconut flakes), so they make a healthy and delicious snack.
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- unsalted, unroasted cashews
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- coconut flakes
- rice crisp cereal, optional
See the recipe card below for quantities.
🔪 How to Make Coconut Clusters
Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare your cookie sheets
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and then prepare two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Step 2: Place the cashews on the baking sheets
Spread the cashews on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 3: Roast the cashews until brown
Place in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring once, or until the cashews are golden brown.
Step 4: Cool and chop the cashews
Remove from the oven and cool completely. Coarsely chop the cashews.
Step 5: Toast the coconut
Next spread the coconut into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once.
Step 6: Cool the coconut
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Step 7: Melt the chocolate chips
In a microwave safe bowl, pour the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute. Stir vigorously using the residual heat to continue melting. Return to the microwave and heat in 30 second increments, stirring very well between each heating until melted. Do not overheat.
Step 8: Mix together the cashews, coconut and cereal
In a large bowl, mix the cashews, coconut, and cereal (if using.)
Step 9: Pour the chocolate over the cashew mixture
Pour the melted chocolate over the coconut mixture and mix until completely combined.
Step 10: Scoop the clusters and allow to harden
Using a medium scoop, portion the clusters and place on waxed paper in mounds.
Rest at room temperature until the chocolate has completely set.
Hint: If you want them to set faster, place them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. The chocolate will not be as shiny, however.
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Raisins – I like to add raisins to coconut clusters! You won’t believe the delicious taste this adds to it.
- Dried cranberries – If you’re looking for something different to add to the cluster, add a few dried cranberries.
- Walnuts – A little crunch goes a long way and that’s why walnuts are a fabulous variation option. Just make sure you buy the crushed walnuts!
- Almonds – If you’re more of an almond person, then why not give them a try in these coconut clusters?
Cranberry Walnut Banana Bread is also a really good option to make for something sweet!
Here is a list of the kitchen tools that you will need to help you make this easy coconut dessert recipe.
- baking sheets
- parchment paper
- large bowl
- spatula or wooden spoon
Storage: These clusters will last for up to a week if stored in an airtight container.
Freezing: You can also freeze these clusters for up to two months. Just make sure you thaw them out before eating!
- If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can buy roasted cashews. Just skip steps 2-4!
- You can also use almond extract instead of vanilla extract.
- I like to use a combination of chocolate chips and chopped chocolate for these clusters. This way, you get the delicious taste of chocolate in every bite!
- If you want a little extra crunch in your clusters, add some rice crisp cereal. Just make sure you don’t add too much or it will be too crunchy!
- If you’re not a fan of semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can use milk chocolate or even white chocolate.
- Don’t have any parchment paper? No problem! You can use a silicone baking mat or even a non-stick cookie sheet for these coconut clusters.
- If you want to make these clusters extra special, you can drizzle them with white chocolate or even peanut butter.
- For an added touch, you can sprinkle the clusters with sea salt before they harden.
- I always like to chop my own nuts because I feel like they taste fresher. But if you’re in a pinch, you can always buy pre-chopped nuts.
- If you want to save some time, you can toast the coconut in the oven while it’s preheating. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
You can add honey to this recipe if you’d like, but I find that it’s sweet enough as is.
These coconut clusters are actually pretty healthy! They’re packed with protein and healthy fats from the nuts and coconut.
If you don’t want to use chocolate chips, you could try using chopped up dark chocolate or cacao nibs.
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Chocolate Coconut Clusters
- baking sheets
- Parchment Paper
- Large bowl
- spatula or wooden spoon
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces coconut flakes
- ½ cup rice crisp cereal optional
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Spread the cashews on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring once, or until the cashews are golden brown
- Remove from the oven and cool completely. Coarsely chop the cashews.
- Next spread the coconut into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely.
- In a microwave safe bowl, pour the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute. Stir vigorously using the residual heat to continue melting.
- Return to the microwave and heat in 30 second increments, stirring very well between each heating until melted. Do not overheat.
- In a large bowl, mix the cashews, coconut, and cereal (if using.)
- Pour the melted chocolate over the coconut mixture and mix until completely combined.
- Using a medium scoop, portion the clusters and place on waxed paper in mounds.
- Rest at room temperature until the chocolate has completely set.
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