Prepare these easy and classic Chocolate Almond Clusters as a treat for the holidays or anytime you need to scratch that chocolate itch! With only two ingredients and a few minutes, you can prepare this decadent and yummy dessert.
Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt for a fantastic flavor contrast. This chocolate treat is easy to make and has nutrition from the almonds to boot!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
You only need 2 simple ingredients to make these chocolate almond clusters! As the name implies, chocolate and almonds are the only things you'll need. You can also add a sprinkle of flaky or chunky salt to give them a nice flavor contrast.
This sweet and crunchy treat is perfect as a satisfying snack to keep around during the holidays, or whenever you want something quick and easy to squash a chocolate craving.
Just like this Sweet Nutty Crunch, this chocolate clusters recipe is a fantastic way to make a simple but satisfying snack!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- semisweet chocolate chips - provide the perfect balance of sweet and bitter for the ultimate chocolate flavor.
- almonds - the base of this snack, you'll love the satisfying crunch and chew almonds bring to your clusters.
- coarse sea salt - large crystals of salt add an extra level of crunch and flavor.
- Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 2 minutes and stir every 30 seconds.
- Add the almonds to the melted chocolate.
- Fold in until everything is evenly coated.
- Scoop portions of the chocolate almond mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and let set for 20 minutes or more.
This all depends on the kind of chocolate. If you opt for dark chocolate instead of semisweet, they'll be better for you. Chocolates with higher cocoa percentage have higher percentages of minerals like iron and zinc, and almonds also contain vitamins and nutrients. As with everything, enjoy in moderation!
Shiny chocolate is typically a result of the process called tempering chocolate. This requires some extra work, but results in a hardened chocolate that won't melt in your hands or at room temperature and has a smooth, shiny finish. Check out this guide on how to temper chocolate if you're interested.
A little bit of oil or butter increases the fat content, which makes the chocolate smoother and easier to work with. It will also stabilize the chocolate and prevent seizing or clumping.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- Letting your clusters set in the fridge is typically the best option, as they can remain a bit tacky at room temperature unless the chocolate is tempered.
- You can also pop them in the freezer if you need them to set up quickly.
- Feel free to alter the size of your clusters based on personal preference. Be aware that larger clusters will take longer to set.
📌 You'll love these sweet and salty chocolate almond clusters as a tasty snack or crunchy dessert. Great to make around the holidays to hand out as homemade gifts or to switch things up at a cookie swap or holiday party!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Replace the almonds with any of your favorite nuts. Peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and cashews are all great. You can even use a mix of different kinds of nuts for flavor and size variation.
- If you don't want to top with sea salt, you may want to use salted almonds for a little bit of salty flavor.
- Top with festive sprinkles, drizzles of white chocolate, or crushed nuts to customize this chocolate clusters recipe to your liking.
Stored properly in an airtight container, these chocolate almond clusters will last up to a week when stored at room temperature, one month in the fridge, or 2-3 months in the freezer.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
Before enjoying this yummy dessert, be sure to serve a filling and nutritious meal!
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✔️ More Chocolate Recipes You'll Love
- Snickers Bar Brownies - If you love the combination of chocolate and nuts, these decadent brownies are a must-try!
- Easy Cherry Ice Cream- This no-churn ice cream recipe is a great way to make a cold and fruity treat for the summer.
- Pumpkin Truffles - Perfect for fall, these no-bake truffles will remind you of pumpkin pie.
- Pecan Pie - Cookies and Cups brings us an easy recipe for classic, sweet and nutty pecan pie!
For all chocolate lovers, check out this Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding! It only requires 5 ingredients and the prep time needed is minimal!
Chocolate Nut Clusters
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📋 Recipe Card
Easiest Chocolate Almond Clusters
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
- 2 ⅓ cups roasted almonds (salted or unsalted)
- coarse sea salt (optional)
- Line a baking sheet or other moveable flat surface with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Add the chocolate chips to a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and creamy when stirred.12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Add the almonds to the melted chocolate and gently fold them in until they are fully coated2 ⅓ cups roasted almonds
- Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a portion of the mixture and place on the prepared sheet. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
- Immediately sprinkle each cluster with a bit of sea salt (optional step).coarse sea salt
- Place in the fridge for 20 minutes or until set.
- If you leave the clusters out to set at room temperature, they will need a cooler room to harden, otherwise they will remain tacky. You can use the freezer to set the clusters if you are in a hurry.
- The chocolate clusters will keep in an airtight container in a cool area for about a week, or in the fridge for about a month. They will keep up to 2-3 months when stored in the same manner in the freezer.
- You can swap out the almonds for another favorite nut.
- If opting to use the sea salt, you can use unsalted almonds. However, if you aren't adding the sea salt, salted almonds are a great way to add a little saltiness to the clusters.
- You can change the size of the clusters based on personal preference. Note that bigger clusters will take a bit longer to set.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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Bookmarking for my Christmas sweets. These will be great in gift baskets
These are a quick and easy treat. Perfect for when you need a chocolate fix.
Such an easy and delicious after school snack!
I made these clusters last night when we had a sneak attack sugar craving and popped them in the freezer to set. Worked great and they are delicious!
These were so easy to make and TASTY! The whole family enjoyed. Thank you!