dark chocolate peanut clusters

Several weeks ago the boys noticed a picture of peanut clusters on Pinterest and they declared that we needed to make them for an after dinner treat.  (Yes, we do scroll through pictures of food on Pinterest together.  :-))  You may have noticed that I have a special affinity for dark chocolate and nuts so of course I was completely on board with their request.  The recipe they saw was actually made in the crockpot and used milk chocolate.  But I knew I could make it without having to pull down our crockpot and I could use dark chocolate, which would make it a teeny bit more healthy.  This may be the simplest recipe I have ever shared.  And it’s delicious too!

fall themed peanut clusters

We added fall colored sprinkles when we made these for Thanksgiving. They would be great at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Easter too. Just add colored sprinkles once you spoon them onto your tray.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters
 
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Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 6 oz dark chocolate (I used a 54% and 72% dark chocolate bar because that's what I had on hand.) Chocolate chips will work as well.
  • ¾ cup roasted and salted peanuts
Instructions
  1. Using the microwave or double broiler, melt the chocolate. If you use the microwave, heat the chocolate at 50% and stir every 30 seconds or so. You don't want to burn the chocolate.
  2. Combine the chocolate and peanuts in a bowl.
  3. Scoop the mixture out by the spoonful and drop onto a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet and then let them sit to harden. You can place them in the fridge if you need them to harden quickly.
  4. We made 11 clusters with this recipe but it would be easy to double if you wanted to make more.
  5. These can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature. You could also freeze them for later.
Notes
In case you're interested I calculated the calories out to be 136 calories per cluster if you make 11.

If these look good to you, you need to try my Dark Chocolate Granola Cups or my Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cups or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge Bites.  Ok, I think I may have a problem…

If you give these a try, let me know how they turn out!

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