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Chocolate Peanut Clusters – An Easy Sweet Treat!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters are an indulgent treat that can be made with your favorite combination of chocolate!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters are an easy, indulgent treat!

This peanut clusters recipe uses a darker, bittersweet and milk chocolate, but it’s versatile enough that you can use your personal favorite to create your own balance of flavor. There is no “wrong” combination when it comes to chocolate, in my opinion. Get creative!

For this recipe, I used raw, unsalted peanuts. The reason for this is because it allows me to control the amount of salt in the recipe. There is an additional step to this, though. The red papery outer skin needs to be removed so you will have to blanche the peanuts before using. If you prefer to avoid this step, you can save time by using shelled, roasted peanuts.

When melting the chocolate chips, be sure to use a bowl that is completely dry. If even a little moisture is in the bowl, the chocolate may “seize” and turn into a clumpy, unusable mass. Milk chocolate is especially prone to this, however, it can happen with any chocolate.

Adding a little fat, such as melted coconut oil or butter, to the melted chocolate will help prevent it from “splintering” and falling apart when you bite into the clusters after the chocolate hardens. Here, this is done with the base layer of dark chocolate, but not the decorative drizzle added later.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters on white serving tray

Ingredients:

3 cups raw, blanched peanuts, unsalted
Fine sea salt, to taste
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil or melted butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips

How to Make Peanut Clusters:

Place the top oven rack in the center position. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.

Pour peanuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer without overcrowding. Season generously with salt and stir to combine.

Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, then carefully shake the baking sheet to make sure the peanuts are evenly toasted. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.

Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips into a dry, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil or melted butter and set aside.

Add the roasted peanuts one scoop at a time to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Repeat until all peanuts are coated in the chocolate. Spoon the chocolate-coated peanuts onto the baking sheet, leaving a little room between each cluster. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up.

Pour the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir briefly and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the peanut clusters and return to the refrigerator for another 20 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Up close view of peanut cluster drizzled in chocolate
Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Yield: 20 Large Clusters
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Clusters are an indulgent treat that can be made with your favorite combination of chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw, blanched peanuts, unsalted
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or melted butter
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

Place the top oven rack in the center position. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat.

Pour peanuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer without overcrowding. Season generously with salt and stir to combine.

Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, then carefully shake the baking sheet to make sure the peanuts are evenly toasted. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.

Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips into a dry, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil or melted butter and set aside.

Add the roasted peanuts one scoop at a time to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Repeat until all peanuts are coated in the chocolate. Spoon the chocolate-coated peanuts onto the baking sheet, leaving a little room between each cluster. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up.

Pour the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir briefly and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the peanut clusters and return to the refrigerator for another 20 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 2/7/2021

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