Nutty Boy Clusters

Nutty Boy Clusters - Light, Crunchy, Nutty, Fun little treats that are as fun as they're delicious, while super fast and easy to make.  @letthebakingbgn

Well hello there! I’ve been taking a long break, to take a vacation, enjoy life to get ready for exams and get this long, long, long semester over with. Now that the grades are in and the pressure’s off I can breathe out with relief and to share a super quick and easy and most of all very delicious little treat.

Nutty Boy Clusters - Light, Crunchy, Nutty, Fun little treats that are as fun as they're delicious, while super fast and easy to make.  @letthebakingbgn

I was initially introduced to these Nutty Boy Clusters when my sister brought a dessert plate for me from a party that I wasn’t able to attend. It was a pot-luck kind of party so someone made these clusters, but I had no idea who, which means I couldn’t ask for the recipe. It was a bummer because they were so, so good!
This past Thanksgiving though, a relative of a relative brought these nutty clusters to the party! You know where this is going now…Of course I asked for the recipe and of course I am sharing it with you peeps!

I can just go ahead and tell you that they’re good and you should make them, but I am guessing you will want to know what they’re made of and why they are good. Well, they’re made of 4 ingredients. Roasted Sunflower kernels, almond slivers, puffed rice and chocolate. I am not sure who came up with this delicious combination but it just works really well. When you pick a cluster of this goodness, it’s really light weight since a lot of it is made with puffed rice, as you bite into it it’s crunchy but the crunch is very gentle, not abrasive and then all the flavors are mended together by the goodness of the chocolate. Man, oh man, they’re good! By the way, if you’re a fan of dark chocolate more than you are of white, you can make them with dark or milk chocolate and decorate with a white drizzle on top. It’s up to you. Did I mention that kids go absolutely crazy for these? Yup, it’s a winner all around!

 

Nutty Boy Clusters

Yield: 20-30 clusters

Ingredients:

2 Cups Sunflower seed kernels, roasted

2 Cups Almond slivers, roasted

3 Cups Puffed Rice (unsweetened)

2 Cups white chocolate candy melts

For Decoration

1/4 cup milk or dark chocolate candy melts

 

Method:

Roast the sunflower seeds by spreading the seeds on a baking sheet and roasting in a preheated to 350F oven for about 5-6  minutes (remove a couple of seeds, blow on them until they’re cold enough to taste, then taste and see if they still need a couple of minutes). Do the same with the almond slivers.  Watch the oven very closely as the nuts burn very quick and easy. Allow everything to cool to room temperature.
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Place white chocolate melts into a microwave safe bowl and microwave the chocolate for about 2 minutes, in 20 second intervals, stirring after each time until the chocolate is mostly melted. Then remove from the microwave and continue stirring until all chocolate is melted. Take care not to overheat or the chocolate will seize and separate.

Nutty Boy Clusters - Light, Crunchy, Nutty, Fun little treats that are as fun as they're delicious, while super fast and easy to make.  @letthebakingbgn

Combine the nuts, puffed rice and the melted chocolate in a bowl and stir everything together until all ingredients are nicely coated in the white chocolate. If the mixture becomes dry and hard before you’re able to proceed to next step, place the bowl with the mixture in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until the chocolate is nice and melted once again.

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Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, spoon mounds of mixture onto a parchment paper an inch or two away from each other.

Melt the dark or milk chocolate in the microwave in 10-15 seconds intervals until liquid. Fill a ziplock bag with the chocolate mixture, snip the end and drizzle each mount with a swift back and forth motion with chocolate. Alternatively make a cone out of parchment paper, then fill it and go ahead as described above. Allow the Nutty Boy Clusters to sit at room temperature until the chocolate has hardened and the clusters are no longer sticky to the touch. Keep in a closed container at room temperatures for up to a week.

Nutty Boy Clusters - Light, Crunchy, Nutty, Fun little treats that are as fun as they're delicious, while super fast and easy to make.  @letthebakingbgn

Kids like to help with decorating things like this, so go ahead and make them part of the process. They can help with drizzling the chocolate, or putting sprinkles of choice on top.

Now Bon appetite my friends, Enjoy!

 

Nutty Boy Clusters

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20-30
Nutty Boy Clusters - Light, Crunchy, Nutty, Fun little treats that are as fun as they're delicious, while super fast and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Sunflower seed kernels, roasted
  • 2 Cups Almond slivers, roasted
  • 3 Cups Puffed Rice (unsweetened)
  • 2 Cups white chocolate candy melts or milk chocolate candy melts
  • !For Decoration
  • ¼ cup milk or dark chocolate candy melts (or opposite to what you used as the main binding chocolate above)

Instructions

  1. !Roast Nuts
  2. Roast the sunflower seeds by spreading the seeds on a baking sheet and roasting in a preheated to 350F oven for about 5-6 minutes (remove a couple seeds, blow on them until they're cold enough to taste, then taste and see if they still need a couple of minutes). Do the same with the almond slivers. Watch the oven very closely as the nuts burn very quick and easy. Allow everything to cool to room temperature.
  3. !Melt Chocolate
  4. Place white chocolate melts into a microwave safe bowl and microwave the chocolate for about 2 minutes, in 20 second intervals, stirring after each time until the chocolate is mostly melted. Then remove from the microwave and continue stirring until all chocolate is melted. Take care not to overheat or the chocolate will seize and separate.
  5. !Mix Everything Together
  6. Combine the nuts, puffed rice and the melted chocolate in a bowl and stir everything together until all ingredients are nicely coated in the white chocolate. If the mixture becomes dry and hard before you’re able to proceed to next step, place the bowl with the mixture in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until the chocolate is nice and melted once again.
  7. !Spoon Mounts
  8. Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, spoon mounds of mixture onto a parchment paper an inch or two away from each other.
  9. !Decorate
  10. Melt the dark or milk chocolate in the microwave in 10-15 seconds intervals until liquid. Fill a ziplock bag with the chocolate mixture, snip the end and drizzle each mount with a swift back and forth motion with chocolate. Alternatively make a cone out of parchment paper, then fill it and proceed as described above. Allow the Nutty Boy Clusters to sit at room temperature until the chocolate has hardened and the clusters are no longer sticky to the touch. Keep in a closed container at room temperatures for up to a week.

Notes

Kids like to help with decorating things like this, so go ahead and make them part of the process. They can help with drizzling the chocolate, or putting sprinkles of choice on top.

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  • You beat me on posting these Marina 🙂 (I was going to post them next week). I also make them with dark chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate. Yum! The are sure delicious, and perfect as Christmas gift! :))

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    • Ooops)) yes they’re awesome for parties too 🙂

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  • vikalinkafood

    Nuts and chocolate together-what could be better! Seriously!! I also declare them to be healthy since they have nuts. Yum!

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    • aha, and unsweetened puffed rice 😀 and chocolate grows on a tree, so it’s a fruit))) healthy all around!

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  • Tanya

    Marina, These are really , really good and take so little time to make! Thank you for posting this recipe!

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    • I know!)) From looking at them if you never tried them before, you can’t tell just how awesome they are)))

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  • Irina

    You can’t go wrong with nuts and chocolate 🙂 Our family loves them. They are delicious. We add dried cranberries to the recipe and it adds a great flavor. Great recipe for the holiday.

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  • Natasha

    Yummo!! Is all I gotta say… Love these little treats:) we also add dried cranberries to the mix

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  • Nadia

    I was looking for these for a while, I love them!!! Thank you Marina! Where is the best to buy sunflower seeds, almond slivers and puff rice?? Thanks

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  • Tatyana S.

    These treats are so yummy, our whole family loves them and my mom always asks me to make them for family gatherings

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    • They don’t look like much on pictures, but everyone who tries them always asks for recipe. I am glad your family loves them too!

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