Coconut Clusters

coconut clusters on a baking rack

Quick and easy coconut clusters made with only a few ingredients are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth in a healthy kind of way

  • Author: Chef Meaghan
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons real, organic maple syrup

Instructions

  1. pre-heat oven to 350
  2. line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine well
  4. using two teaspoons drop by clusters onto a baking sheet and squeeze the ingredients together
  5. bake for 12 to 15 minutes – until the coconut just begins to turn golden
  6. remove from oven – if liquid from sweetener spreads out onto baking sheet gently push it back toward the cluster using a spatula – this is what holds the cluster together once cooled
  7. allow to  cool for at least 40 minutes
  8. carefully remove them from the baking sheet and enjoy!

Notes

  • Swap out pumpkin seeds for 3/4 cup of sunflower seeds, cashews or almonds OR use 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup almonds or cashews
  • Add 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, raisins or cacao nibs
  • Even though maple syrup works best in this recipe, substitute maple syrup with brown rice syrup or natural honey.
coconut cluster ingredients in a mixing bowl
coconut clusters ingredients in a bowl combined

TIPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE COCONUT CLUSTERS

  • When stirring in the maple syrup, make sure the syrup is mixed in well so that it coats all of the ingredients in the bowl.
  • When dropping the clusters onto the baking tray, the mixture will be loose. Try to pile the ingredients into small clumps.  The syrup will melt and hold the clusters together.
  • Keep an eye on the clusters during baking, and remove them as soon as they begin to turn brown.
  • Allow the coconut clusters to cool completely on the pan for about 40 minutes and carefully remove them  using a spatula and lifting them from underneath each cluster – they will be fragile
  • Eat the clusters as they are or crush them up and serve sprinkled on top of yogurt
  • Store coconut clusters in a cool dry place for up to five days

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