When I was about 4 years old my mother made finger foods for the church on every odd Sunday. These are one of the recipes she made. Like any typical kid I especially wanted to help her make these blobs of chocolate heaven. Constantly I was told to keep my fingers out of the sweet, thick mixture but how could I resist? At least I got to lick the pot out afterwards. During sermons all I could think about was my “sjokolade jungle oat koekies”, wishing the dominie (reverend) would come to a conclusion. Any conclusion, even if we all burn in hell I simply didn’t care for as long as I could eat my “koekies” first I will die happy.
When the sermon finished at last I would race downstairs to the eating hall and wait impatiently as the women dawdled getting all the food ready. When the cling film was removed I pounced. Bliss.
Therefore I think this recipe is great for getting kids to start cooking, with supervision of course. This is a hit at birthday parties!
Chocolate & Coconut Clusters
- 60ml (¼ cup) butter
- 250ml (1 cup) sugar
- 60ml (¼ cup) cocoa
- 60ml (¼ cup) milk
- 500ml (1½ cup) oats
- 125ml (½ cup) dessicated coconut
- 1ml (¼ teaspoon) vanilla essence
- Melt the butter, and then add the sugar, cocoa and milk in a pot.
- Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
- Add the oats, coconut and vanilla to the mixture.
- Make sure to stir the concoction thoroughly.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Leave to cool.
- Use a pot with a small surface area because the mixture can dry very quickly. If you’re not quick on your feet and leave it on the stove too long after it has been mixed, you will end up with a granola effect.