Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

New Year, new school.  Wow, this week has been busy.  The boys have settled miraculously into their new habitat and I can feel the relief flowing through my body.

My favorite comment this week was from Melissa, a reader who said, “It’s hard, but before you know it, they will adjust and be just fine. Kids are so resilient! It’s probably harder on mom. :-)”   Well, yes, Melissa, I couldn’t have said it better myself and the smiley face was much appreciated.  Seriously, you cheered me up when I needed it!  As did so many of the other comments I received.

To celebrate making it through this week, I found it only appropriate to create a candy recipe, this being of course my favorite category of recipe and possibly my favorite food group.  Yes, for some of us, candy is a food group.

Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

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  • In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate over very low heat
  • Stir in the orange extract
  • Allow the nuts and coconut to cool, 10-15 minutes, then stir them into the melted chocolate
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonful onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Allow to cool
  • If need be (as in it's too hot in your kitchen for these to set) transfer clusters to a plate and cool in freezer
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cool Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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I think these clusters would be great with any type of nut.  You could also try substituting some orange zest (in an amount of your choosing) in place of the orange extract.  I think that would be delicious.

Since it is October I have started to think about Halloween treats.  I am looking for something fun (no fruit rolls), organic and not too sweet.  Do any of you have good store bought well wrapped (yes for trick or treating safety) ideas for Halloween candy?  If you do, please drop me a line in the comment section below.  I do have something in mind and will do a post on it, though want to collect others ideas before I get going.

Teenage approved! Wonderful!


44 responses to “Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters”

  1. Sounds yummy! Why not toast off the nuts and coconut then put them in a bowl with the chocolate and let the heat from the nuts melt the chocolate for you?

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  3. Hello, I will try this recipe and maybe a version with Lemon as my mother is absolutely crazy about chocoalte and lemon zest.

    Thanks for all the great recipes,

  4. Such a yummy looking treat! I’ve had chocolates similar to these but not made this way. Definitely want to try this version – thanks!

  5. I have these babies in the freezer right now…and I just finished whipping up some of your Fudge Babies earlier tonight. I have a feeling my boyfriend, friends and coworkers are going to LOVE them.

    I have been reading your blog for the past 10 months and it has really helped me and my boyfriend through our new grain-free lifestyle. If it weren’t for your silver dollar pancakes, cinnamon bun muffins and chocolate chip cookies, we probably would have given up on this lifestyle long ago. Of course, we don’t indulge in these treats everyday, but it’s so great to have a delicious option at hand. Your recipes also really help when trying to introduce our friends to a Paleo/Primal lifestyle.

    Your latest book is awesome by the way! Have a Happy Halloween!

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