Choc-Berry & Coconut Clusters

 

They may look naughty, but they really ARE nice….ticking lots of boxes for the health conscious cook, and the watchful parent.

This is a great recipe for those days when you are feeling the want for something chocolate or  sweet, but want to avoid those snacks of the not so healthy variety. It’s also a nice treat to pack into the kid’s lunchbox….. but be warned…. you will need to share the recipe with other parents, ‘coz every kid in the school yard will want one.

This recipe for Chocolate Berry and Coconut clusters combines all of our favorite ingredients and is egg and dairy free. It works well as breakfast snack for  when you are on the go!

As well as using low processed ingredients we definitely try to avoid using over processed sugars whenever we do not need them. The sweetness of this recipe comes from using very ripe bananas, … the ones left behind in the fruit bowl. There is NO need to add extra sugar.  We also use a dried shredded coconut in this recipe, however, feel free to substitute it with freshly grated coconut, if available.

Preparation time:  Under 30 minutes

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup shredded coconut

1 tbs cocoa powder

2 tbs cocoa nibs

1-2 smashed ripe bananas

1 tbs chia seeds

1 cup coconut milk (We prefer to use Pure Harvest Coco Quench coconut milk which is organic with no hidden nasties.)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)

1 tsp softened coconut oil

How to prepare:

Roughly smash your ripe bananas using a fork and set aside.

Using a mixer, combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. When evenly blended, add the coconut oil, coconut milk, smashed bananas and mix thoroughly.

Remove from the mixer and using a large spoon add the fresh berries and fold through.

Tip:

  • The banana is the binding agent in this recipe.  You may need to add more of it if the ingredients are not sticking together.
  • If the mixture is a little dry, add more coconut milk.                

Place heaped spoonfuls onto a tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes.

Set aside to cool and set.

Enjoy…..and say goodbye to any 3.30itis craving!!

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