almond butter no bake chocolate clusters

Almond Butter No-Bake Chocolate Clusters

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These almond butter no-bake chocolate clusters are an absolute chocolate bomb. They’re so rich and really hit the spot when you have a serious dessert craving. You could actually use any nut butter that you have lying around, it doesn’t necessarily have to be almond. I just find almond to be one of of the most accessible ones. Make sure it’s the all natural kind, you don’t want anything besides almonds and salt in the ingredients list! 

You could use peanut butter for these, I have, and it’s delicious. However, I wanted this to be a nut reintroduction recipe for an elimination diet and peanuts are tucked away in the legume category. Similarly, you don’t have to use almond milk for the milk. I just figured almonds go with almonds. But if you have oat or coconut milk those would work as well for these almond butter no-bake chocolate clusters without also introducing any other ingredients into your elimination diet. 

It is imperative that you store these almond butter no bake chocolate clusters in the fridge. We are not taking the time to temper the chocolate with this simple dessert so they will melt very easily at high room temperature. They will also melt in your hands. But that’s okay because you’ll be eating them too fast to even notice! I’m literally eating one right now as I type this and I know this will be a recipe I return to again and again even though I’m no longer on my elimination diet.

Also let me just say that these were very difficult to photograph. Chocolate clusters are not the most photogenic things! They just looked like unappealing brown lumps most of the time, but they taste so good I swear!

Does salt enhance chocolate?

Yes!! Whether you’re cooking savory or sweet you’re going to want to add a pinch of salt to everything you make. Salt both enhances sweetness and masks bitterness which means it’s the perfect ingredient to add to chocolate dessert recipes. (Also coffee, I put a pinch in every cup of coffe I make and it makes a world of difference!)

These almond butter no bake chocolate clusters use a pinch of salt in the recipe and are then sprinkled with coarse salt on top. This is mandatory for this recipe! Especially because we’re using lower quality chocolate. Semi-sweet chocolate chips are affordable but not exactly the highest end chocolate out there. The little bit of salt added to this flavorful elimination diet recipe brings the chocolate flavor out and hides the bitterness that might be present. It does all of this without adding a ton of extra sugar! Double win!

This is THE dessert hack.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (or preferred plain milk)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup salted natural almond butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • ½ cup vegan or allergen friendly semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • about 1/2 tsp of coarse salt, kosher or sea salt for topping

Instructions

  1. line a baking sheet with wax paper
  2. in a medium saucepan combine maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, almond milk, coconut oil, and cocoa over medium low heat
  3. stir frequently until combined and slowly bring to a bubble
  4. once bubbling (not a full boil) stir continuously for about 1 minute
  5. remove from heat and add remaining ingredients 
  6. drop spoonfuls of the batter (about 1 ½ tbsp) onto the wax paper lined baking sheet
  7. gently sprinkle the coarse salt on top of the clusters
  8. chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set
  9. serve chilled, store in the fridge
almond butter no bake chocolate clusters

Almond Butter No Bake Chocolate Clusters

Prep Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond milk or preferred plain milk
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • cup salted natural almond butter crunchy or creamy
  • ½ cup vegan or allergen friendly semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • about 1/2 tsp of coarse salt kosher or sea salt for topping

Instructions
 

  • line a baking sheet with wax paper
  • in a medium saucepan combine maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, almond milk, coconut oil, and cocoa over medium low heat
  • stir frequently until combined and slowly bring to a bubble
  • once bubbling (not a full boil) stir continuously for about 1 minute
  • remove from heat and add remaining ingredients drop spoonfuls of the batter (about 1 ½ tbsp) onto the wax paper lined baking sheet
  • gently sprinkle the coarse salt on top of the clusters
  • chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set
  • serve chilled, store in the fridge
Keyword dairy free, egg free, gluten free recipes, vegan
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