a.k.a…..Reindeer Poop! 🤣 These are perfect to take to a party and definitely can hold their own at the gluten & sugar filled cookie table!
It all started innocently enough with a bag of these amazing dark chocolate coconut clusters from Costco…. the bag must have been part of a magician’s kit because it was magically empty in less than 24 hours!
I thought, these things were simple – I HAVE to be able to recreate them!
Examining the pantry I found unsweetened flaked coconut, roasted almonds, roasted sunflower seeds and some roasted chickpeas – not all ingredients in the original disappearing clusters, but though they sounded like a great combo! You could use chocolate chips or what ever quality chocolate you choose. Get creative with your crunch – choose a combination of roasted nuts and seeds, maybe throw in some dried fruit like raisins or cherries!
Literally, melt chocolate and pour over your toppings. Stir to combine and then either spread out on a sheet pan or scoop into muffin cups (that’s the reindeer poop 💩 part!) Freeze to harden and then break the sheet pan bark apart and store in an air tight container.
Crunchy Chocolate Nut Clusters
- unsweetened flaked coconut
- roasted chick peas
- roasted almonds
- roasted sunflower seeds
Chocolate equal to about 3/4 the volume of crunch.
- Pour “crunch” into a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave. BOWL will be 🔥 HOT 🔥.
- Pour melted chocolate over the “crunch” and stir to evenly coat.
- Pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan or scoop into muffin liners.
- Freeze 3-4 hours to harden.
- Break bark apart and store in air tight container in a cool area.
NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL DIETS
These can be #glutenfree, #diaryfree, #nutfree, #soyfree and practically #sugarfree.
It’s all about the ingredients you choose. For nut free choose seeds like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and roasted chickpeas, coconut or fruit. For soy free and sugar free – check your chocolate. Choose one that is a higher percentage dark chocolate for less sugar and watch for soy in the ingredient list.