One of the things I miss most about my old eating habits is being able to eat any sweet treat I want. I’ve always loved baking for my family and I experimented often (much to their delight).
Don’t get me wrong, I am completely thrilled with the results I’m seeing on the keto diet. But it can get quite expensive! Even shopping at the Bulk Barn – one of the cheapest places to get some of the ingredients – it’s easy to spend $50 there for three items! Sugar is $2, but erythritol is $10 (depending on the amount you buy, obviously). It’s annoying for someone who loves to bake, and so, I try to spread out my baking a little more evenly. Gone are the entire weekend afternoons in the kitchen.
And I do share some of my treats with my family, but I find myself hoarding them a bit. I mean, it’s nothing for them to pick up a box of cookies or a bag of chips. They’re cheap! But for me, if I want treats, I usually have to make them myself (and I have a wicked sweet tooth), therefore, I find it harder to share because of the amount of work (and pricey ingredients) that went into whatever I made.
I’m a huge fan of chocolate and recently discovered stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, sold at Fortinos. They’re made by Krisda and I never imagined spending such a fortune on chocolate chips but they are so good. I sometimes enjoy a small handful with a cup of tea, snacking on them one at a time! Must. Ration. Especially at that crazy price!
These clusters are no-bake, require minimal ingredients, are keto-friendly and super-duper easy. Just melt the chocolate, combine with everything else, and drop by spoonfuls onto a wax paper- or parchment-lined sheet and refrigerate for half an hour. Boom. Done. Delish.
If you aren’t doing keto, you have more freedom in your ingredients for these clusters. Your chocolate doesn’t have to be 85% dark, and your coconut doesn’t need to be unsweetened. If you go that route, you can skip the added sweetener – as you won’t need it.
These clusters are adaptable, as well, as far as flavouring goes. If you want to make them at Christmas, simply swap out the vanilla for mint extract or even orange extract.
I hope you enjoy these chocolate clusters as much as I have been, and it’s okay if you choose not to share – I won’t tell anyone!