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Learn how to make 3 ingredient Almond Clusters Recipe, a delightful treat that combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, crunchy almonds and a touch of sea salt. Dive into the perfect blend of sweetness and nuttiness as you enjoy these easy-to-make dark chocolate almond clusters.

Chocolate covered almonds on a white plate.
Chocolate clusters.

This chocolate candy recipe is one of the newest recipes I thought of making since we always have almonds available in our house. It stays in the fridge for a very long time, and when one craves something sweet, they are always ready to enjoy it.

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Have it on your afternoon snack time with fresh berries, or decorate protein cheesecake for extra flavors. You can also serve it with hot espresso to enjoy your coffee break better than your usual ones.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Easy – no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen for a sweet fix. This recipe is a breeze to whip up, making it a perfect go-to for busy days when you need a quick energy boost.
  • Easy on the Waistline – these clusters make for a guilt-free indulgence. Forget about compromising your clean eating goals because these bites are a wholesome delight without the added guilt.
  • Versatility – almond clusters are versatile and can be customized to suit your taste. Add a hint of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, or experiment with different nuts to create your signature cluster.

Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

If you have seen and tried dark chocolate almonds, you would have realized that this recipe is similar to it. It is another way to enjoy your almonds without worrying about getting full of them. These clusters will make a good party snack; you can enjoy them more in large batches.

Making this recipe is easy and satisfying, and after my kids liked it, I am sure your kids and the whole family will do as well.

Easy Chocolate Melting Methods

Here are a few of the methods you can use to melt and combine chocolate with coconut oil for a perfect dipping. 

  • Instant Pot Method – place chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl, set the instant pot to “saute,” and stir the chocolate until smooth.
  • Microwave Method – heat it briefly, stirring in between, until entirely melted.
  • Double Boiler Method – place a heatproof bowl over simmering water, allowing the chocolate to melt gradually and evenly without direct heat.
A wicker basket filled with nuts and chocolate.
A wicker basket filled with nuts and chocolate.

How To Make Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters Recipe

Let us get into the actual game of making the almond clusters from your raw and plain almonds. I have prepared this guide with all the simple steps to make the recipe easy and perfect.

Use raw almonds, soaked almonds, and even roasted almonds. 

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Instant Pot: Use it to create a smooth and silky melted chocolate. It is a kitchen gadget that uses steam and pressure to cook fast food, but we can also use it to melt chocolate.
  • Stick or Spoon: These two kitchen tools are a must-have, from mixing the chocolate to coating the almond clusters.
  • Glass Bowl: Essential for melting the chocolate and dipping all the almonds in. It is convenient and versatile when it comes to recipes like this.
  • Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper: It will help you set your almond clusters aside for chilling and prevent them from sticking together.

Ingredients:

  • Almonds: Opt for raw, unsalted almonds to keep it clean and healthy.
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate: Choose a high quality chocolate for that perfect balance of sweetness and richness.
  • Coconut Oil: This adds a subtle coconut flavor and helps create that smooth, chocolatey coating.
  • Sea Salt (optional): A tiny pinch of sea salt enhances the overall taste, creating a delightful contrast with the sweetness of the chocolate.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR THIS 3 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE ALMOND CLUSTERS

First Step: Prepare The Ingredients

Prepare fresh almonds and set aside other ingredients such as chocolate, coconut oil, and sea salt.

For the chocolate, you can choose whatever type of chocolate bar you want to coat your almonds with. Use milk chocolate, chocolate chips, or even white chocolate. The choice is yours.

Almond clusters ingredients needed.
Almond clusters ingredients needed.

Second Step: Melt The Chocolate

Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together using the instant pot with hot water and a heatproof bowl. You can use a double boiler or microwave in short bursts, stirring each time until smooth.

This process is essential because the melted chocolate will be the main event as it coats the almond clusters.

Melting chocolate in an instant pot.
Melting chocolate in an instant pot.

Third Step: Coat the Almonds and Form Clusters

After preparing your almonds, mix them into the melted chocolate, ensuring you coat generously every single almond. Use a spoon to combine them all and avoid any spot not covered with chocolate. A spoonful of clusters is enough.

How to make chocolate clusters.
How to make chocolate clusters.

Fourth Step: Chill and Set

After forming the almonds, sprinkle with sea salt over the clusters while the chocolate is still soft.

Pop the tray into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and allow the clusters to harden and serve after.

Two pictures of a person putting chocolate on a baking sheet.
Chocolate clusters on a baking sheet.

TRICKS AND TIPS FOR MAKING THIS EASY ALMOND CLUSTERS RECIPE:

  • Almonds – experiment with this recipe by using different almond varieties. Most people prefer raw almonds, but roasted or soaked almonds make an excellent nut cluster.
  • Coconut oil – yes, you can usually melt your chocolate without adding anything, but we put coconut oil to achieve a smoother chocolate coating.
  • Melting chocolate – whether using an instant pot or a microwave, melt the chocolate gently, as overheating can lead to a grainy texture, so take it slow and stir frequently for that perfect consistency.
  • Parchment paper – use a baking sheet with parchment paper when forming clusters because it prevents sticking and messing around the kitchen.
A tray of chocolate covered almonds on a table.
A tray of chocolate covered almonds on a table.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Substitute for Sea Salt

When substituting sea salt in this recipe, you have several options to enhance the flavor, such as table salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan pink salt. Remember that every salt has different intensities, so it is best to start with a smaller quantity and adjust according to your taste preferences.

What to Serve With Chocolate Almond Clusters Recipe?

You can serve this almond snack with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement the crunchy clusters. A yogurt parfait is also a perfect pair for it.

Serve it with a fruit platter, including dehydrated cranberries, and snack with cranberry fruit roll-ups for a fruity twist.

How Do I Store Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Clusters?

Preserve your almond clusters in a cool, dry place at room temperature. You can also store them by transferring them to an airtight container.

Chocolate covered almonds in a bowl.
Chocolate covered almonds in a bowl.
Can I Freeze Almond Clusters?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate clusters to extend their shelf life and enjoy them over a more extended period. Freezing is a handy option, especially if you have made a large batch or want to prepare them in advance.

More Delicious Chocolate Treats

If you liked this delicious recipe that is better than any almond bark coated in chocolate, I am sure you will also enjoy these recipes.

Try our blueberries in chocolate and white chocolate covered strawberries that are bursting with a sweet and fruity flavor. Our dark chocolate almonds might be the same as this recipe but try enjoying each chocolate and an almond piece for your snack.

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Almond clusters recipe on a baking sheet.
Almond clusters recipe.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

Zuzana Paar
5 from 4 votes
Learn how to make 3 ingredient Almond Clusters Recipe, a delightful treat that combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, crunchy almonds and a touch of sea salt. Dive into the perfect blend of sweetness and nuttiness as you enjoy these easy-to-make dark chocolate almond clusters.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine International
Servings 14
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare fresh almonds and set aside other ingredients such as chocolate, coconut oil, and sea salt.
  • Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together using the instant pot with hot water and a heatproof bowl. You can use a double boiler or microwave in short bursts, stirring each time until smooth.
  • After preparing your almonds, mix them into the melted chocolate, ensuring you coat generously every single almond. Use a spoon to combine them all and avoid any spot not covered with chocolate. A spoonful of clusters is enough.
  • After forming the almonds, sprinkle with sea salt over the clusters while the chocolate is still soft. Pop the tray into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and allow the clusters to harden and serve after.

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Notes

  • Almonds – experiment with this recipe by using different almond varieties. Most people prefer raw almonds, but roasted or soaked almonds make an excellent nut cluster.
  • Coconut oil – yes, you can usually melt your chocolate without adding anything, but we put coconut oil to achieve a smoother chocolate coating.
  • Melting chocolate – whether using an instant pot or a microwave, melt the chocolate gently, as overheating can lead to a grainy texture, so take it slow and stir frequently for that perfect consistency.
  • Parchment paper – use a baking sheet with parchment paper when forming clusters because it prevents sticking and messing around the kitchen.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ClusterCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 0.1mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 0.1IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on January 27th, 2024
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