Blueberry chocolate cashew clusters are a nutritional and easy to make dark chocolate treat with blueberries and high-protein cashews in a mood-boosting chocolate coat.
Blueberry chocolate cashew clusters are a fast nutritious snack, especially useful when you have no time to cook. I had no time yesterday and yet my family was clamoring for bars and desserts and some kind of chocolate snack, so enter these clusters. If you like these, I have two similar recipes you might want to try, chocolate covered cranberries and chickpea chocolate clusters.
Why You'll Love These Clusters
Easy to make. This is an understatement. These clusters are easier to make than my chocolate covered almonds and my chickpea chocolate clusters.
Specific Nutrition. If you make a dozen clusters, each one has 3 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of sugar.
A Nourishing Snack. Blueberries are powerful antioxidants which are useful for fighting disease and rebuilding cells from use and aging. Cashews are rich in protein and fiber and both contribute loads of essential nutrients. The chocolate is an endorphin rush among other benefits.
Blueberries. Only fresh berries work for this recipe. That's because you can't have frozen - wet - ingredients near chocolate or it will cause it to seize or harden up.
Cashews. Buy unsalted and either roasted or raw. Also do not soak these cashews for this recipe.
Chocolate. Use either chocolate chips or a quality chocolate bar, at least 60% cacao.
Steps to Make
Step 1: Wash your blueberries with water and do so ahead of time and allow them to dry completely before letting them near chocolate or else the chocolate will coat in clumps and not look great.
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of coconut oil in the chocolate to ensure the chocolate coating hardens in 30 minutes.
Step 3: Microwave the chocolate and coconut oil for 1 minute and stir until all chocolate is melted. Microwave further in 10 second intervals if necessary.
Step 4: Put dry blueberries and cashews in a bowl, and pour melted chocolate over them, and stir until all are coated.
Step 5: Put two tablespoon-fulls of clumps on a parchment-lined pan and set in the refrigerator to set.
These clusters last 3 days in a sealed container at room temperature, then refrigerate after that for a week. They can be frozen for thee months.
Dry blueberries. Be sure to rinse your blueberries and let them dry ahead of time. I do it the night before and let them sit out spread on a pan at room temperature overnight.
Don't soak cashews. Buy unsalted cashews, roasted or unroasted is fine. Do not soak them as is often a common step in cooking with cashews. You want them crispy and dry for this recipe.
Buy organic. Also, blueberries should be bought organic because they tend to absorb loads of pesticides. Read more on the Ewg.org.
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Blueberry Chocolate Cashew Clusters
- 1 ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 ¼ cup fresh blueberries
- ¾ cup cashews unsalted and not soaked
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the cashews (unsoaked) and dry fresh blueberries in a bowl.1 ¼ cup fresh blueberries, ¾ cup cashews
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a pyrex measuring cup in a microwave at 60 second intervals.1 ½ cup chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Pour the melted chocolate over the cashews and blueberries in the bowl.
- Spoon overflowing tablespoons of mixture onto the pan.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
- Store chocolate covered clusters in the refrigerator for up to a month.
It says 1 and 1/2 chocolate chips. Can you clarify what it’s suppose to be?
Cups! Updated, thank you! Dee xx