Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Five ingredient Chocolately, nutty and crunchy dessert that is ready in under 15 minutes. Form the clusters and pop them in the freezer and they’re ready to go.

peanut clusters *This is an updated photo from April 2012

These clusters are incredibly easy to make.  Not everyone has shredded wheat or marshmallows on hand, but buying them once will allow you to make these clusters plenty of times.

These are a favorite of my dad’s.

He requests them every time I come home and so I’ve made them a lot.  And so I’ve had time to test out all sorts of different nut, chocolate and cereal combinations. I’ve even added a few nut butters into the mix as well. Got to keep things exciting right?

You can use any chocolate – I prefer milk but they’re good with dark chocolate as well – if you’re a fan. I never used to be a fan of dark chocolate but slowly and surely it is starting to grow on me. I have heard that your taste buds change every seven years and mine sure have changed in various ways. Now white chocolate, bleh, that was never for me. Way way way too rich and just intense for my palatte, but dark chocolate I have started to appreciate so much more over the years. Milk chocolate has almost become too rich for me already. What is going on?!

Naturally the higher quality chocolate you use the better they’ll taste but if all you’ve got is store brand chocolate chips, give it a try anyway.

As for the cereal — the point here is a solid crunch so I prefer a shredded wheat or chex type cereal where you can really hear a solid munching sound with every bite.

I’m not even a huge fan of sweets but I really love these. They’re not overwhelming sweet and the chocolatey flavored is nicely balanced out by the crunchy cereal and the smooth nutty texture.

These are perfect to make last minute when you forgot to bake those cookies or that cheesecake ahead of time and need a quick dessert to throw together that everyone will love.

That is exactly what these chocolate nut clusters are there for.

Just mix up the five ingredients in a pot, form the clusters on a baking sheet and quickly pop into the freeze just to help them solidify.

Afterwards these can be stored in the fridge for days (though who know if they’ll really last that long)

This is the original photo taken in November 2010.


Yields 8

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

A quick chocolate filled nutty dessert. Perfect to impress all your dinner guests at last notice

15 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 7 ounce bar dark chocolate (I used Green and Black Organic ), broken up into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 3/4 cup crushed shredded wheat cereal


  1. Over low heat melt chocolate and marshmallows in olive oil, stirring frequently.
  2. Once melted stir in peanuts and shredded wheat.
  3. Form small clusters or balls.
  4. Put in freezer for 15-30 minutes.
Recipe Type: Dessert

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