These chocolate-coated Peanut Clusters with Collagen Caramel takes the classic crunchy treats to the next level. Made with collagen peptides powder, peanut butter, sugar free syrup, chocolate, and of course --peanuts--these treats are just the healthy, guilt-free recipes you need if you're on a low-carb or keto diet. Plus, they're no-bake and easy to make. Be sure to add that sprinkle of coarse salt on top if you like them sweet and salty.
I'm so glad that peanuts are healthy. They're crunchy and extremely satisfying to eat. But they're also a good source of protein, fiber, folate, vitamin E, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, and selenium. Just the healthy snack you need to keep you motivated and happy throughout the day!
Ingredients used to make these Chocolate Peanut Clusters with Collagen Caramel
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- Collagen Peptides - I used Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder for this recipe. You're welcome to substitute with other brands of collagen peptides, but I would not try substituting with other protein powders (i.e. whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein, etc) since collagen behaves very differently from other types of protein powders and are not interchangeable.
- Sugar Free Syrup - I used sugar-free pancake syrup (Log Cabin) to keep this caramel recipe sugar free, low carb and keto friendly. You can also use regular maple syrup, but please read the recipe notes since this requires the addition of water.
- Peanut Butter - the secret ingredient that gives this recipe the "caramel" color. Other creamy nut butters like cashew and seed butters like tahini and sunflower butter work well, but the more grainy almond butters won't produce that smoothness that peanut butter can.
- Peanuts - I used dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts, like this one.
- Chocolate Chips - you can use any chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) in this recipe. I like this lower sugar, stevia-sweetened brand. If you want, you can also use unsweetened chocolate.
Step by Step
How to Make Collagen Caramel Peanut Clusters
In a small bowl, mix sugar-free syrup with peanut butter.
Stir until smooth
Stir in collagen powder, 1 scoop at a time.
Stir for a full 1 minute, or longer until the collagen mixture turns thick, and slightly translucent like caramel.
Stir in roasted peanuts until the peanuts are evenly coated in the collagen caramel mixture.
On a parchment lined pan or dish, drop large spoonfuls of the caramel coated peanuts, and freeze for 30 minutes until solid.
Coat the frozen peanut caramel clusters in the chocolate mixture using a fork
Tap the fork on the bowl lightly to get the excess chocolate off
Repeat with the remaining clusters, then wait for the chocolate to set.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Instead of peanuts, you can also use other nuts of choice - roasted almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.
- Other non-collagen protein powders (Whey, Casein, Egg, Pea, Brown Rice Protein, etc. ) DO NOT work in this recipe. But other flavored collagen peptides powders will work. Try making these with Chocolate Collagen Peptides Powder, like this one. Or with Matcha Flavored Collagen Powder, like this one.
- If using regular maple syrup or honey instead of sugar free syrup, you need to add an extra ½ Tbsp to the caramel mixture, otherwise, the caramel doesn't turn out as "stretchy" or stringy as the one shown in the photos.
- Other creamy nut butters like cashew and seed butters like tahini and sunflower butter work well, but the more grainy almond butters don't produce the similar smooth caramel texture.
- Other non-collagen protein powders (Whey, Casein, Egg, Pea, Brown Rice Protein, etc. ) DO NOT work in this recipe.
How to Store Collagen Caramel Peanut Clusters
- For the best texture, keep the peanut clusters in the fridge inside an airtight container. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 14 days.
- You can also keep the peanut clusters at room temperature, but the caramel will be on the softer side.
- They also freeze very well! Put the peanut clusters inside an airtight container freeze for up to 3 months.
- Add more collagen peptides powder to make a thicker caramel, and more syrup to thin it out.
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Collagen Caramel Peanut Clusters
- ½ cup chocolate chips of choice , regular or sugar free***
- In a small bowl, mix syrup with peanut butter.
- Stir in collagen powder, 1 scoop at a time.
- Stir for 1 minute, until the collagen mixture turns thick, and slightly translucent like caramel .
- Stir in roasted peanuts until the peanuts are evenly coated in the collagen caramel mixture.
- On a parchment lined pan or dish, drop large spoonfuls of the caramel coated peanuts, and freeze for 30 minutes until solid.
- In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stirring in between.OPTIONAL: to get a thinner chocolate coating, stir in 1 tsp of coconut oil.
- Coat the peanut caramels in chocolate.
- Wait for the chocolate to set, and enjoy!