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Back Country Clusters

Trail mix is so last year. Chocolate dipped clusters are what's in right now. Or do you not follow food style trends? Yeah, me neither, but these things are so good and so much more fun to eat than trail mix, so why not make them?
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 186kcal
Author Kendra Benson

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Nut/Seed/Dried Fruit Mix* make your own or buy a pre-made mix -- make sure it's no-salt and no-sugar added though
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt if your nut/seed/fruit mix has salt, reduce this to about 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Vegan Shortening

Nut/Seed/Dried Fruit Mix (any combination of the following):

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried Strawberries
  • Anything else you can dream up!

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything evenly.
  • Pour the nut mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out so it's about 1/2" thick. Try to keep it away from the edges, as the honey will spread.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once it's completely cool and hardened, break the nuts into clusters.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until smooth.
  • Dip the bottom of each cluster in the melted chocolate, pressing down so it comes up the sides just a little bit.
  • Set chocolate-dipped cluster on a piece of parchment. Once all clusters are dipped, put them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the chocolate. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

I am baking at a high elevation (6,000ft above sea level). Boiling and candy baking times are shorter up here. In order to have your honey harden enough to make these clusters work at lower elevations/sea level, you may need to add a couple minutes to your bake time. Just keep an eagle eye on them to be sure they don't burn towards the end.