Trail Mix Clusters Recipe
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Trail Mix Clusters Recipe

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“These delicious snacks make wonderful gifts, and although they look and taste like they came from an expensive chocolate shop, they couldn't be more guilt-free. The dried fruit and nuts are heart-healthy and full of fiber. Bet you can't eat just one!” Alina Niemi - Honolulu, Hawaii
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or blueberries

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 79 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Trail Mix Clusters in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p31

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az_jill User ID: 5181702 253389
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Loved these, I've already made twice with white & dark chocolate. Great flavor! If you don't have one of the nuts or fruits just find a substitute or add more of the others. (I especially liked the blueberries, first time trying those) Thanks Alina!"

josobe User ID: 6684192 96601
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I wanted to give it 5 stars when I sent my review but it didn't there it is!"

josobe User ID: 6684192 96600
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I would definitely make this recipe again and again. Not only was it so easy, you can add any kind of nuts or dried fruit that you like. What a perfect gift for someone, and so good just for yourself!! A keeper."

brad binder User ID: 1731861 176266
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"These were vary easy to make and very good to eat. They did not last long around our house."

jshearer User ID: 403534 109796
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"These were very easy and good. I used dates instead of cranberries, almonds instead of sunflower kernels, and walnuts for half of the cashews (and cherries, not blueberries). That's what I had on-hand (strangely enough, I had pepitas). These would work well with most any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. I got 40 servings."

signman User ID: 1813280 117363
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012


wrangler1 User ID: 4579670 93632
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"These were WONDERFUL!!!! Going to try milk chocolate next time. My hubbie loved them..."

kaygolfer User ID: 3058466 178101
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"I would use milk chocolate next time instead of semi-sweet. I don't like apricots, so I substituted another dried fruit for that. They were yummy but a little messy to eat. Have a napkin handy!"

quiltdonna User ID: 2440134 162932
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"My quilters loved it too but would use milk chocolate next time and leave out pumpkin seeds."

CJNeill User ID: 5166130 176264
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"Love this! Made it twice already. Everyone who tastes them has to have the recipe. Of course I share. I added more dried fruits and it is excellent! Definately a 'Pot Luck' dessert."

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