The holidays can be like a cluster of craziness.
Recently, I had my FIRST EVER Black Friday shopping experience, which reminded me of how nutty the season can truly be.
I’ve never gone out on Black Friday before, because the whole process feels like you’re getting cheated in the long run; making Thanksgiving a shopping promotion instead of a holiday that revolves around the important things, like family and extra servings of pumpkin pie.
But pulling on my favorite pants Thanksgiving morning also reminded me that a new pair would be a wise investment- the hem on this thrift store find wasn’t going to last much longer. Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t split right open when I was rushing around the kitchen or playing a game of hot tetris while rearranging casserole dishes in the oven.
One glance at a local ad on Friday morning made me solidify my thoughts on going out: they were doing a 50% off sale and I couldn’t resist the temptation.
10 minutes later I was flying down the highway with my daughter for a “quick outing”. This was a necessity, after all. I relished in the fact that we made this decision as we walked through the front doors and saw an alluring stack of winter pants (with lining people!). We made our selection, tried them on, and speed-walked our way to the front of the store to get in line.
And that’s when I saw the insanity that was the line.
In that moment, I felt like a nut. All of this for a pair of pants, really?
For the next 45 minutes, we took baby steps through a maze of displays to reach the cash register finish line. This, my friends, was pure torture, because my brain was no match for the bait they set along the way: cozy mittens, knitted beanies, and cute adorable socks printed with avocados.
I was in the mousetrap, and I knew it.
By the time I got out of there, the magic of getting jeans for 50% off had lost some of its sparkle. It reminded me that a deal, no matter how good, always has a secret price. In this case, it cost an extra hour of my life waiting in line like a consumer robot.
Point is, sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.
But as long as I have something yummy to come back to, I can forgive myself for caving over skinny jeans. And in the spirit of holiday insanity, I bring you the perfect cluster: these easy vegan cashew bites. They take only 4 ingredients + 5 minutes prep time.
If that’s not simplicity in a nut shell, I don’t know what is.
Allergy-Info & Substitutions
- These holiday cashew clusters are 100% vegan, meaning they are dairy-free and egg-free. They are also naturally gluten-free and soy-free when using Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
- You can make these without coconut by using dairy-free butter instead.
- Make them nut-free by using crushed up pretzels and/or Dandies vegan marshmallows.
- For another vegan Christmas recipe, check out my Classic Dairy-Free Cocoa Fudge by clicking here.
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These EASY holiday vegan cashew clusters are so simple, they take only 4 ingredients + 5 minutes to make! Pop them in the freezer for 15 minutes and you’re good to go!
EASY Holiday Vegan Cashew Clusters
- Using the double boiler method, melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a small saucepan until chips and coconut oil is completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in chopped cashews and vanilla. Let cool for 1 minute.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for 15 minutes until solid.
Thank you for taking the time for your health and happiness!