These irresistible Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters are ridiculously simple to make and loaded with real food ingredients like hazelnuts, vegan dark chocolate, raisins, a touch of coconut oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt. They’re the perfect sweet treat.
If you’re looking for a chocolatey snack to enjoy while you cozy up on the couch with your favorite book or movie, these chocolate covered hazelnuts are just the thing!
They’re also perfect for on-the-go snacking, whether packed in your lunchbox or backpack for hikes and picnics.
But the best part? Dark chocolate hazelnuts are a healthier candy option that will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide some nutrition at the same time!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick and easy: Hazelnuts covered in chocolate require less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, then they’re off to the fridge to chill. They really couldn’t be easier to make.
- Customizable: Feel free to experiment with different flavor combinations by using different types of chocolate, nuts, or dried fruits.
- Great gifts: There’s something really special about receiving a homemade gift. And these chocolate covered hazelnut treats make brilliant birthdays, Thanksgiving, or thank-you gifts for your chocolate-loving friends and family members.
- Nutritious real food snack: Hazelnuts are a good source of heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, and dark chocolate provides some powerful antioxidants. Making this snack both delicious and nutritious! But, as with all things, everything in moderation.
- Suitable for a range of dietary lifestyles: This recipe is vegan-friendly, vegetarian, dairy-free, paleo, and contains no refined sugar.
Here are the simple ingredients you’re going to need to make this incredibly easy and delicious hazelnut and dark chocolate clusters recipe:
- Raw Hazelnuts: A combination of toasted blanched hazelnuts for the clusters and chopped hazelnuts for the topping provides a great texture combo. Toasting the nuts really enhances their nutty flavor, and I love how the creaminess of the nuts tones down some of dark chocolate’s bitterness. So GOOD!
- Dark Chocolate: I like to use dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. These Nibble Simply Madagascan Chocolate Chips are my favorite chocolate chips to bake with. Compared with milk chocolate or white chocolate (although incredibly delicious), dark chocolate is the richest in antioxidants and contains less sugar. Think of it this way. You’re getting more bang (nutrition) for your buck (calories). And dark chocolate also adds a deep, luxurious flavor to these chocolate covered hazelnuts.
- Raisins: Provide a natural sweetness and a chewy texture.
- Coconut Oil: Helps the chocolate to set without a brittle bite.
- Sea Salt Flakes: Helps bring out the sweetness.
Making these hazelnut and dark chocolate clusters is so easy. Check it out in six simple steps.
These visual step-by-step instructions provide a quick overview of the recipe. You can find the recipe card with the full list of ingredients and detailed instructions at the bottom of this post. ⇩
1: Toast Hazelnuts
Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 10-12 minutes until fragrant and golden. Leave to cool.
2: Melt the Chocolate
Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler.
3: Coat the Hazelnuts
Gently fold the toasted hazelnuts and raisins into the melted chocolate mixture until well coated.
4: Form Clusters
Scoop small clusters of the chocolate hazelnut mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top of each cluster.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the chocolate to set fully.
Quality ingredients. Choose high-quality dark chocolate chips with at least 70% cocoa for a richer flavor and greater health benefits.
Melt gently. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil gently using a double boiler or microwave in short intervals to prevent overheating. Don’t allow any liquid to touch the chocolate, as it can seize, resulting in an unpleasant gritty texture.
- Chocolate Chips: If you can’t find dark chocolate chips, you can use a dark chocolate bar and break it into small pieces before melting. I love using Hu Simple Dark Chocolate bars.
- Hazelnuts: I was going for Ferrero Rocher vibes when developing this recipe, so it was always going to be hazelnuts. But you can use your favorite nuts. Walnuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, cashews, and Brazil nuts are all fantastic alternatives.
- Raisins: If you prefer something other than raisins, try using other dried fruits like cranberries, chopped apricots, or even dried cherries for a different twist. Or you can skip the dried fruits and replace them with extra nuts.
- Toppings: Instead of chopped hazelnuts for the topping, how about other varieties of chopped nuts? Or try dried rose petals, desiccated coconut, cacao or cocoa powder, dried fruits, freeze-dried strawberries, or even bee pollen. You could even drizzle some runny hazelnut butter over the top of the clusters for extra hazelnut flavor.
Hazelnuts are a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, and antioxidants, all fantastic supporters of cardiovascular health. [Source]
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that may help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and boost brain function! [Source]
Dark chocolate hazelnut clusters are perfect for snacking, but you can also use them as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal (porridge), waffles, pancakes, or ice cream. They make for delightful homemade gifts, too!
Refrigerate: Store your clusters in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Always check for freshness!
Freeze: For longer storage, freeze for up to three months. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
Yes, you can use milk chocolate if you prefer a sweeter taste. Just keep in mind that milk chocolate typically contains more sugar and is more energy-dense than dark chocolate.
To prevent the chocolate from seizing, ensure your utensils and equipment are completely dry. When melting the chocolate and coconut oil, do it gently over low heat or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring frequently. Avoid introducing any moisture, as even a tiny amount can cause the chocolate to seize.
Absolutely! Simply adjust the serving size in the recipe card below to scale up the recipe to suit your needs.
While hazelnut chocolate clusters are a nutritious snack, both hazelnuts and dark chocolate are calorie-dense. Enjoy them in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters (Healthier Candy)
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- Prepare: Gather and prepare your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 350ºF/180ºC/Gas Mark 4.
- Toast the Hazelnuts: Spread the blanched hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly golden. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning. Once toasted, remove the hazelnuts from the oven and let them cool.
- Melt the Chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler (see notes), melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil together. If using a microwave, heat the chocolate in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.
- Coat the Hazelnuts: Gently fold the toasted hazelnuts, raisins, and sea salt into the melted chocolate mixture, ensuring all the fruits and nuts are evenly coated.
- Form Clusters: Use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon to drop small clusters of the chocolate-coated hazelnuts onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. A tablespoon should give you at least 20 clusters. But you can customize the cluster size to your preference. Top with a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts for extra nutty flavor.
- Set: Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the chocolate to set fully.
- Store: Once the chocolate has hardened, transfer the chocolate-covered hazelnuts to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator to prevent the chocolate from melting. Enjoy as and when you fancy a chocolatey treat.
- Prepare Your Equipment: You’ll need a saucepan and a heatproof bowl that fits snugly on top of it. The bowl should not touch the water in the saucepan.
- Add Water: Fill the saucepan with a couple of inches of water, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl when it’s placed on top.
- Boil the Water: Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, not a rolling boil.
- Set Up the Bowl: Once the water is simmering, place the heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan. Make sure it sits securely.
- Add Chocolate: Put the chocolate chips into the bowl. As the steam from the simmering water gently heats the bowl, the chocolate will slowly melt.
- Stir Occasionally: Stir the chocolate occasionally with a spatula or spoon as it melts to ensure even melting.
- Remove from Heat: Once the chocolate is smooth and completely melted, remove the bowl from the double boiler. Be careful; it will be hot!
- Refrigerate: Store your clusters in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Always check for freshness!
- Freeze: For longer storage, freeze for up to 3 months. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.