These coconut clusters are the ultimate keto dessert made with just 2 ingredients- coconut and chocolate! Made with NO sugar, they are easily customizable and ready in just FIVE minutes!
During the festive season, I love making homemade candy and treats for my friends and family.
Over the past few years, I’ve created a tradition with gifting those closest to me with homemade treats of the sweet variety. In the past, I’ve made all the classics, including peppermint bark, peanut brittle, and Almond Roca. To add some variety, I’m adding some clusters to the mix.
One of the more popular candies in America is coconut rough, or, as they are more commonly known as coconut clusters. This candy is a combination of chocolate, butter, coconut, and chopped nuts and is extremely popular during Christmas. While incredibly moreish and delicious, they are typically packed with sugar and excess butter.
This coconut clusters recipe is a little different. No sugar, no butter, and no oil needed, but you’d never tell. Is the ultimate quick and easy dessert that requires just TWO ingredients. All you need is melted chocolate and shredded coconut, and nothing else. The texture is light, chewy, and with a very subtle crunch. They have that delicious chocolate and coconut taste that reminds me of a Bounty bar!
What I love about this recipe is how even those who don’t follow a low carb diet can enjoy them. They don’t taste any different from traditional coconut clusters. I love bringing these and some chocolate bark to all my holiday parties and events- they barely last five minutes!
How do you make coconut clusters?
- Keto chocolate chips– Skip the expensive store-bought kind and make your own sugar free chocolate chips. Alternatively, you can use any chocolate bar that contains over 70% cocoa content.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes– Any unsweetened coconut flakes work, and I like to use a mix of large flakes, toasted coconut flakes, and small flakes.
- Sea salt– Optional, but adds some delicious sweet and salty flavors.
Start by melting your chocolate either in the microwave or stovetop. Once melted, fold through the coconut flakes until combined. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out portions of the mixture onto a lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for an hour, or until they have firmed up. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
- Add nuts. Switch out half the coconut flake with equal parts flaked almonds, chopped cashews, or chopped walnuts.
- Use white chocolate! Replace the chocolate chips with a sugar free white chocolate.
- Add broken cookies. Crush up some peanut butter cookies or chocolate chip cookies and fold them through the melted chocolate.
- Add fresh or frozen fruit. Raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries are all fantastic options.
- Use flavor extracts. Add some orange, cherry, or raspberry extracts, for some added flavor.
Storing and freezing instructions
- To store: Coconut clusters should always be stored in the refrigerator, covered, to ensure they don’t melt. They will keep well for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Frequently Asked Questions
While store bought clusters use plenty of butter and sugar, these homemade ones have none of that. They use sugar free chocolate and unsweetened coconut flakes. They are full of healthy fats and fiber, and a healthier alternative.
These coconut keto clusters are suitable for those following a vegan diet, as the chocolate used has no dairy in it.
Unsweetened coconut and coconut flakes are keto friendly. They are full of healthy fats and have very few net carbs.
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- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup toasted coconut flakes or more unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, add the chocolate chips. Melt them in 20-second spurts until melted.
- Fold through the coconut flakes and mix well until fully incorporated.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out portions of the mixture and place them on a lined tray.
- Refrigerate the coconut clusters for 20 minutes, or until firm.
- Remove them from the refrigerator and sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy.
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