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Chocolate Raisin Nut Clusters a quick & easy after-school (or midnight) snack that everyone loves! Raisins are packed with energy and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. While they are sweet, raisins are also known to aid digestion, boost iron levels and keep bones strong. Nuts also have a lot going for them. They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, including folate, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. Plus, they are rich in heart-healthy fats. However, let’s be clear that neither is low-calorie, especially when smothered in chocolate, so enjoy in moderation.
These chocolaty clusters are super easy to make! It only requires melting chocolate chips and adding the raisins and nuts. The tools/equipment is also minimal This includes a microwave safe bowl, a cookie scoop, and a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. While you can melt the chocolate chips by themselves, adding a little oil helps the chips melt more smoothly and gives a better consistency when it sets. I like using coconut oil, but there are no outstanding benefits of using coconut oil over canola or vegetable oil. Use whatever you have in your pantry. Likewise, I used chopped pecans when I was making these for the blog because that’s what I had on-hand. I’ve made these with chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, and dry roasted peanuts. All good!
Everyone in my family loves raisins and nuts. However, if nut allergies are an issue, you can use all raisins. But don’t limit these clusters just to raisins. Any kind of dried fruit is delicious. Switch it up by substituting the raisins for craisins or dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries.
Dried apricots are yummy, just cut them into small pieces. For added fun, you can throw in some mini marshmallows.
I use semi-sweet chocolate chips (or morsels, if you want to be technically correct) because of the taste and price/availability. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate can also be used. Gourmet chocolate chips are often packaged in smaller quantities (although the bag is the same size). Instead of 12oz, the amount is 10 or 11 ounces. No worries, just watch the amount of oil you use – you may need to slightly adjust.
Easy Chocolate Raisin Nut Clusters can be made in advance and will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. As I live in Florida, I store the clusters in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They stay fresh for 2-3 weeks. At least, I think they will. They never last more than a couple of days! 😎
Easy Chocolate Raisin Nut ClustersCourse: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Chocolate Raisin Nut Clusters a quick & easy after-school (or midnight) snack that everyone loves! This recipe is very flexible, most dried fruit can be used instead of raisins with your choice of nut (pecan, walnuts, almonds or dry roasted peanuts.)
1½ cup raisins
1½ cup chopped nuts
1 bag (12 oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoon oil (coconut, vegetable or canola)
- Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of oil. In microwave oven, heat on high for 20 seconds. Stir. Repeat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Approximately 1½ minutes.
- Add nuts and raisins. Stir until well combined
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips can be used. Gourmet chocolate chips may be less than 12 oz, no problem – just reduce the oil as needed
- I have used pecans, walnuts, almonds and dry roasted peanuts. All are good! If using peanuts, no need to chop
- Substitute any dried fruit for the raisins, craisins are delicious. If using larger fruit, like dried apricots – chop in small pieces.
- Store in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator for to 2-3 weeks. Make ahead and freeze for up to 2 months.