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Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Coconut Clusters are the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy, and they're surprisingly easy to make. And, require a simple ingredients.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours
Servings: 36 Clusters
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Wendy

Equipment

  • baking sheets
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large bowl
  • spatula or wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces coconut flakes
  • ½ cup rice crisp cereal optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Note: For sugar-free coconut clusters, use 2 cups cashews, stevia sweetened chocolate chips, and omit the rice crisp cereal.
Store these coconut clusters in an airtight container for up to one week.  You can also freeze them for up to three months if an freezer -safe container. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Coconut Cluster | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg