10 Minute, No Bake, Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you!  This is a favorite around here (although I haven’t made it in a while – which might explain why I haven’t shared it). It’s an awesome dessert to make during the summer because you don’t need the oven & it only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish (plus a couple of hours drying time).

Last Wednesday I was craving something sweet & these clusters came to mind.    Given that it was 90 outside, turning on the oven was definitely not an option, so I was very excited when I pulled out the recipe and realized we actually had everything we needed to make these! {Love when things work out like this!}  Plus, I had a very happy husband when he came home to two cookie sheets filled with these clusters!

These clusters are also great for gluten-free living, as all it takes to make them gluten-free is switching out your regular oats for some certified gluten free oats!

No Bake 10 Minute Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with foil & non-stick spray.  {Don’t worry these won’t go into the oven!}
  2. Measure out one cup of coconut, one 2-cup serving of oats, and one 1-cup serving of oats.  Set aside.
  3. Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in a large pot.  Heat over medium heat until butter is melted.
  4. Bring to a low boil & stir continuously for 5 minutes.  {No seriously, time yourself.  5 minutes people!}
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add coconut and vanilla.
  7. Add 2-cup serving of oats.
  8.  Mix everything well.  You want this mixture to be firm enough to form clusters, so you’ll probably need to add that 3rd cup of oats.  Add it a little bit of a time until the mixture gets lumpy.  But work fast, so the mixture doesn’t cool too much in the pot.
  9. Spoon mixture onto cookie sheets in little heaps & let cool.  {I got about 32 clusters}
  10. Store in an air-tight container.

What’s your go-to no-bake dessert?

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11 thoughts on “10 Minute, No Bake, Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters

  1. Hi Sarah, how much is one stick of butter please? Here in South Africa, we don’t have ‘sticks’ of butter. I Googled chocolate oats clusters and yours was the first recipe to come up! Gonna make it now. 🙂
    Will guestimate the butter so long

    • That’s very true Esteban. I’m not sure why I don’t mention it in the post – but I usually make them with gluten free oats! I love foods that are “naturally” gluten free & don’t require flour substitutions.

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