Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Craving a quick, decadent treat? These Chocolate Trail Mix Clusters are perfect! With just a few ingredients and steps, you’ll have an indulgent, vegan snack ready in no time. It’s the quick fix sugar fix!

Several Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters on a white counter top with a bowl of pretzels, vegan marshmallows and more cookies behind them.

These clusters are rich and indulgent, but also healthy – I feel good about snacking on these because they fill me up both physically and emotionally (on a craving level). Plus, they’re so simple to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried them sooner!

What are they? Well, I combined a bowl full of pretzel bits, peanuts, some vegan marshmallows, and dried cherries, all of which I found at our local grocery store. Then I covered it all in a gooey, delicious glob of melted chocolate chips.

Hand me a spoon, please!

Ingredients & Substitutions

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Pretzels: Any brand works, but opt for salt-free if you want to control the saltiness.
  • Peanuts: Unsalted is best to balance the flavors.
  • Dried Cherries: Tart cherries add a lovely contrast to the sweet chocolate.
  • Vegan Marshmallows: Mini ones are ideal, but you can chop large ones if needed. Coat them in powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips: Choose your favorite brand for melting.
  • Coconut Oil: Helps the chocolate melt smoothly.
These Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters are so easy to make!

How to Make Trail Mix Clusters

  1. Prep: Line a pan with waxed paper.
  2. Mix: In a bowl, combine broken pretzel pieces, chopped peanuts, chopped dried cherries, mini vegan marshmallows, and ½ cup of chocolate chips.
  3. Melt: Place the remaining chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, let it sit for another 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat until melted.
  4. Combine: Pour the melted chocolate over the trail mix and stir until everything is well-coated.
  5. Form: Use a cookie dough dispenser to drop clusters onto the prepared pan.
  6. Set: Let the clusters firm up on the counter or pop them in the fridge to speed up the process.
Vegan Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Marly’s Tips

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensures everything blends seamlessly.
  2. Melting Chocolate: Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  3. Even Clusters: Use a cookie dough dispenser for uniform sizes.

Storing and Freezing

  • Storage: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Freezing: Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. They’ll last for up to three months.

If you’re heading to a football party this fall with your friends, getting together for whatever fall-themed parties there are, or even just want some fun snack to have around the house, these Vegan Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters are the way to go! Make some. Snap a photo and share it with #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  1. Indulgent: Rich dairy-free chocolate mixed with crunchy pretzels, peanuts, and sweet cherries.
  2. Magical: Vegan marshmallows make these clusters gooey and extra special.
  3. Crowd Favorite: Perfect for parties, movie nights, or just a treat-yourself moment.

Chocolate-Covered Treats

Do you love these chocolate trail mix clusters? Then I highly recommend these vegan trail mix cookies. So good! Ready for more chocolate-covered treats? Here are some favorites you’ll love:

Chocolate-covered trail mix clusters surrounded by peanuts and ingredients in bowls

Chocolate Trail Mix Clusters

These rich and indulgent Chocolate Trail Mix Clusters are the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, and chocolatey.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 clusters
Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pretzels broken into pieces
  • 1 ½ cups peanuts chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries chopped (or other dried fruit)
  • 2 cups vegan marshmallows (see notes)
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips divided
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  • Prepare a pan by placing a piece of waxed paper over the top of it.
  • Place pretzel pieces, peanuts, cherries, marshmallows, and a half cup of the chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Place the remaining 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl with the coconut oil. Stir to coat the chocolate chips and then place in the microwave and heat for about 30 seconds. Let the chocolate sit for another 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat this step until the chocolate chips are melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the trail mix and stir until everything is coated. Use a cookie dough dispenser to evenly distribute clusters on the prepared baking sheet.
  • You can let the chocolate set on the counter until firm, or speed things up by putting it in the fridge.

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Notes

*Mini vegan marshmallows are best, but if all you can find is the large variety (like me), use kitchen scissors to cut the marshmallows into smaller pieces and then coat in powdered sugar so they won’t stick together. Voila! Mini Marshmallows!
Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.9mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new text in 2024.

One Response to Chocolate-Covered Trail Mix Clusters

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLeona Mcmillen Reply

    5 stars
    I think I’d enjoy eating these with you! ❤️

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