February 6, 2013

Dried Fruit and Nut Clusters – gluten free

a white plate with gluten free treats made with fruit and nuts

These easy to make, no bake chocolate dried fruit and nut clusters are a perfect ending to a special dinner that just calls for one decadent treat as the dessert. This is THAT dessert. Serve with tea or coffee and your company will rave.

6 oz (170 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped – use 70-75% cocoa mass

½ cup (125 mL) quinoa puffs – see sidebar

½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries

½ cup (125 mL) whole almonds, coarsely chopped

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
  2. Place chocolate in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on Medium power for 2 minutes (stirring after one minute), until completely melted. Depending on your wattage this could take longer, the trick is to add more time in 5 second intervals. You don’t want to scorch the chocolate. Stir until chocolate has completely melted.
  3. Add puffs, cranberries, and almonds; stir to combine.
  4. Drop 12 equal spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Let set until firm, approx 30 minutes or place in fridge until firm. Store refrigerated in airtight container. Serve at room temperature.

 Professional Home Economist Tip:

You can find quinoa puffs in the cereal aisle in most high end grocery stores or at a health food store.

Per serving (1 cluster): 134 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g sat. fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein.

This recipe is from The Vegetarians Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap 2012) Recipe by: Cathy Ireland PHEc







5 Comments on “Dried Fruit and Nut Clusters – gluten free

March 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Are there bread recipes in your book (suitable for bread machine??)

April 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi Brenda,
Yes they are.
Peace, love and fibre,

March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Dear Mairlyn,
Love your sense of humor.
and the recipe are just great.
this ginger cookie is next on my list to make

April 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hi Ruby,
Well that made my day – thanks so much for your kind words. I love that ginger cookie recipe too. And i totally agree: you have to rinse, rinse and rinse quinoa.
Peace, love and fibre,

March 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

PS. I cook and bake with quinoa quite frequently and the most important thing to remember with this grain is, rinse,rinse and rinse again.


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