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a pile of harry potter inspired cockroach clusters on a green plate resting on a dark teal towel with a harry potter book resting next to the plate

Cockroach Clusters

  • Author: Whip & Wander
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 clusters 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Harry Potter-Inspired wizarding confection is perfect for a Harry Potter themed party. This tasty no-bake frozen treat is a mix of crunchy pecans, creamy nut butter, chocolate, and naturally sweet dates and honey.


  • 120 g (1 cup) pecans
  • 240 g (1 cup) nut butter of choice (almond, peanut*, cashew, hazelnut)
  • 52 g (1/2 cup) almond flour
  • 84 g (1/4 cup) honey
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted (77g pre-pit / 72 g pitted)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or fine-grain sea salt
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate*
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 30 pecan halves, to top


  1. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
  2. Add pecans, nut butter, almond flour, raw honey, pitted dates, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt to a food processor. Pulse until mixture is combined and looks coarse and crumbly. Be careful not to overblend or you will end up with nut butter.
  3. Shape the Cockroach Clusters into 1 tbsp mounds. Squeeze gently to shape into an oblong form, slightly larger than the pecan half you will top them with and place on the lined cookie sheet.
  4. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Once frozen, prepare the chocolate. Add 2 inches of water to a medium saucepan and place a heat-proof glass bowl over the top. Choose one that is large enough that it does not touch the water, but hovers above. Turning the heat to medium-low, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, stirring occasionally and turning the heat down if the water begins to bubble.
  6. Once the chocolate is melted and glossy, use a spoon to drizzle the tops of each cluster with chocolate to your liking. Press a pecan half gently into the top while the chocolate is still warm.
  7. Place the clusters back in the freezer to allow the chocolate to solidify.
  8. Cockroach clusters should be stored in the freezer. They are lovely frozen or slightly thawed, but should not be kept at room temperature for long periods of time or the chocolate becomes quite messy.


Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

* We love peanut butter, but If you are strict paleo, peanuts would not be a friendly option.

** You can swap the bittersweet chocolate for 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar + 6-8 drops liquid stevia if you prefer to keep this refined sugar-free.


  • Serving Size: 1 cluster
  • Calories: 119
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 43 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: Cockroach Clusters