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Salted Caramel Macadamia Nut Clusters

A healthy twist on a popular chocolate treat, these Healthier Salted Caramel Macadamia Nut Clusters combine a sticky date caramel with macadamias and homemade chocolate. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, this tasty treat makes a perfect afternoon sugar-hit to keep you going.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time1 hr 18 mins
Course: Chocolate
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: macadamia clusters, nut clusers
Servings: 25 clusters
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies


  • 1 ½ cups packed of Medjool dates pitted
  • 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil divided
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • cup macadamia halves
  • 1 cup 72% cacao chocolate or dairy free chocolate of choice
  • Himalayan pink salt for serving


For The Date Caramel

  • Add the pitted dates to the food processor (if they aren't super sticky when you pit them you should soak for about 15 minutes in hot water before using)
  • Add one tablespoon of the melted coconut to the food processor and combine until a rough paste or ball forms, scraping down the sides as needed. If the mixture isn't quite coming together, add some water 1 teaspoon at a time
  • Add the sea salt and pulse to combine
  • Transfer the date caramel to a medium sized bowl.
  • Add the macadamias to the date caramel and stir to combine.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out small balls of the mixture and place on a parchment lined tray suitable for the freezer. Freeze for about 30 mins

To Assemble

  • While the date caramel clusters are in the freezer, melt the chocolate in a double broiler (or microwave see notes) with the other 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • Remove the clusters from the freezer and quickly dip each one into the melted chocolate, shaking off the excess before placing them back onto the parchment-lined tray. (I used a pair of chopsticks for this step but you could do it with a fork and spoon)
  • Add a sprinkle of the pink salt and place the chocolates back into the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  • Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer - just remove about 20 minutes before eating so they have time to get nice and gooey on the inside


Make sure you don't add too much water when making the date caramel or it won't freeze properly and will be unworkable.
For instructions on how to melt chocolate check out this comprehensive article.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Sodium: 20mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 8.8g