These low-carb homemade chocolate covered peanut clusters are a delicious treat for the holidays! They’re made without sugar alcohols for paleo-friendly and guilt free snacking.
I enjoy snacking on peanuts by themselves. But I love them covered in chocolate even more!
These low carb chocolate covered peanut clusters are such a delicious treat. Not to mention, they’re a great source of protein and are made without any sugar alcohols. This makes them paleo-friendly, too!
Peanut clusters are a traditional treat around the holidays. They’re often given as edible gifts, and I love making them for my family as well! They’re so easy to whip up and everyone always enjoys them.
If you’re looking for an easy way to satisfy your chocolate craving, give these low carb homemade peanut clusters a try!
How to make peanut clusters
This tasty recipe comes together in just a few simple steps, and you only need five ingredients!
First, we’ll melt the chocolate and mix in the peanuts:
- In a double boiler or chocolate melter, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together. Or use your own homemade monk fruit chocolate bars.
- Once fully melted, remove the mixture from heat or place the chocolate melter on warm.
- Stir in the stevia and monk fruit extracts.
- Add the peanuts to the chocolate mixture and gently stir until the peanuts are coated.
Next, we’ll form the clusters and allow them to set:
- Line a pan with parchment paper.
- Using a spoon, scoop about a tablespoonful at a time and drop onto the parchment lined pan. Repeat until you’ve used all of the chocolate and peanut mixture.
- Let the chocolate peanut clusters set until the chocolate shell has hardened.
- Remove the clusters from the parchment paper and store covered in the refrigerator.
You definitely want to keep the clusters cold so the chocolate doesn’t melt. But it’s okay to leave them out on a plate at room temperature for a few hours during a party or family gathering. The chocolate should remain stable.
Making chocolate peanut clusters in a crock pot
Looking for another way to melt the chocolate? Why not use the slow cooker!
- Layer the peanuts, baking chocolate, and coconut oil into the crockpot.
- Cover and cook on low for about 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to prevent the mixture from burning.
- If the chocolate is not fully melted after 2 hours, stir to combine and then cook for another 30 minutes.
- Once the chocolate is completely melted, stir in the stevia and monk fruit extracts.
- That’s it! From there, follow the steps outlined above for forming the peanut clusters.
Are peanuts a good keto food?
Peanuts are a legume that contains 7 grams of protein in a one ounce serving. That same amount also has 5 grams of total carbs and 2 grams of fiber for 3 net carbs. On top of that, they’re a good source of essential nutrients your body needs.
Anyone that eats strict keto usually doesn’t eat peanuts because they are a legume. Personally, I don’t see any negative side effects from eating peanuts. I have enjoyed them in moderation for years.
And around the holidays, I simply can’t resist making this peanut cluster recipe!
If peanuts do not agree with you, you could always try this recipe with pecans, almonds, or another type of nut. I would recommend roasting them in a pan or the oven first to bring out their natural flavor. You can even make keto milk chocolate sunflower seed clusters for a nut-free option!
Other low carb holiday desserts
Looking for more recipes for keto friendly versions of popular holiday desserts? Check out a few of these favorites:
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms feature peanut butter cookies with chocolate centers and are always a hit!
- Low Carb Keto Sugar Cookies are actually sugar-free and perfect for holiday cookie decorating.
- Keto Peanut Butter Fudge made with cream cheese has a smooth, creamy texture for one of the best low carb and sugar free fudge recipes ever!
- Keto Ginger Snaps combine the delicious taste of spice with a touch of molasses flavor for a delicious holiday treat.
- Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake is a festive holiday dessert that’s as beautiful as it is delicious!
Delicious chocolate covered peanut clusters
This tasty treat may be popular around the holidays, but there’s no reason you can’t make it all year round! After all, who doesn’t love chocolate covered peanuts?
The combination of salty peanuts with sweet chocolate is perfect to satisfy your dessert craving. But they can also be enjoyed as a tasty snack! If you ask me, there’s never a bad time of the day OR the year to enjoy some low carb peanut clusters.
Peanut Clusters - A Smart Snack
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together.
- Remove from heat or place chocolate melter on warm.
- Stir in stevia and monk fruit extracts.
- Add peanuts.
- Using a spoon, drop by tablespoonful onto parchment lined pan. Let set to harden.
- Remove from parchment paper and store covered in the refrigerator.
Array ( [serving_size] => 13 [calories] => 69 [carbohydrates] => 2.5 [protein] => 2.4 [fat] => 6.5 [saturated_fat] => 6.5 [sodium] => 2 [fiber] => 1.4 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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Updated on December 1, 2020, with clearer images and additional recipe information. Originally Published on May 9, 2016.