Tuesday 18 May 2010

Chocolate Clusters

For all you harried D-parents out there, these are a great pick-me-up without the tiredness after the initial sugar kick of regular chocolate.
During Diabetes Blog Week I made a batch of these to keep in the freezer for when temptation struck or for Frank as a healthy snack.
Before diabetes struck I knew I wanted to allow Frank to eat chocolate as part of a meal or as a healthy snack, never as a bribe.
We love these in this family and someone did recently request the recipe.
The joy of this is that there is no recipe and so it can never go wrong!

You will need:
dark chocolate (I use 70% or 85% cocoa solids, normally Green & Blacks or Montezumas)
sunflower seeds
coconut oil (optional)
orange or lemon essential oil (optional)
dessicated coconut (optional)
(I guess what I am saying here is that chocolate and sunflower seeds are the only things you really need, the rest is up to you!)

Melt chocolate in a bowl sitting over a pan of boiling water, stirring occasionally.

Add a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil.

Add some coconut oil which gives a glossy look and adds good fats.

Add your sunflower seeds and stir to coat them all.

Resist the temptation at this point to dive in and eat your way out!

Use a teaspoon to place small piles of the mixture onto greaseproof paper and sprinkle with a little coconut if desired.

Leave to set, in the fridge this will happen more quickly.

Once set these keep really well in the fridge or even freezer.

They are full of good things. Good fats, vitamins, iron, fibre and yummy chocolate.

I haven't counted the carbs because they will depend on your choice of chocolate and how much of everything you use.

Frank is allowed one as a snack, often with walnuts or almonds as well.

Hope you enjoy them!


  1. Oh my gosh...those looks soooooo yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, not only does it looks delish but it also sounds really easy to make:)

    Thank you!

  2. They are good, Connie. You can just omit the sunflower seeds and spoon small circles of them onto baking paper. Then you have orange or lemon thins for when you need to be super sophisticated (not often for me, admittedly!).

  3. These look AMAZING!! Thank you for the recipe! Looks like something fun to make this weekend!

  4. Jules! Somehow I have missed your last three posts! These look right up my alley. I just bought a jar of coconut oil this past week because I have been wanting to experiment with it. Can't wait to try these out..thanks for the recipe!