No matter what you celebrate this festive season, these vegetarian no bake chocolate covered clusters are the perfect holiday treat. Packed full of glazed pecans and dried cranberries, they make the ideal sweet snack or homemade gift.
Ingredients (makes approx. 22 clusters):
- 2 cups rice crispy cereal
- 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 cup glazed maple pecans, chopped (or other coating/flavour of choice)
- 2 tablespoons dairy or non-dairy butter
- 6 oz vegan marshmallows (I use Dandies)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water
- 20 oz dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life which are vegan)
You can substitute the pecans, cranberries or dark chocolate for any other nuts, dried fruit or type of chocolate (milk/white) that you prefer. You can also use gelatin-based marshmallows if your clusters don’t need to be vegan/vegetarian.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside for later.
Put the rice crispy cereal, cranberries and pecans into a large bowl; stir to evenly combine.
Over a low-medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows, vanilla extract and water; stir continuously until melted with no lumps.
Add the rice crispy mix to the saucepan of melted marshmallow; stir until everything is evenly coated then turn the heat off.
Use a tablespoon measure to scoop out and drop each cluster onto the parchment-lined baking sheet; repeat until all the mixture is used up. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 second intervals in a microwave set to 60% power. Stir after every 30 seconds; repeat until smooth and glossy. For other chocolate melting methods, click here.
Dip each cluster into the melted chocolate until covered then place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes or as long as the chocolate needs to set.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge (for up to 10 days) until ready to eat.
How To Melt Chocolate For Drizzling, Dipping And More – Better Homes & Gardens
The Comprehensive Guide To Vegan Butter – Veg News
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