Most of us need sweet treats from time to time, maybe even every day. These Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bites are one of those desserts that you can enjoy in moderation as a healthy alternative to other sweet treats. You’ll need Dark Chocolate for this recipe to maximize the health benefits. Click on the link for an article from Harvard School of Public Health which reviews the many health benefits of dark chocolate……the less sugar the better!
Dark Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Bites
- 4 dark chocolate bars
- dried fruit of your choice
- nuts/seeds of your choice
- sea salt
- Gather the fruit, nuts and seeds and chop/slice them so that the pieces are all about the same size.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate for 30 seconds, stir, and continue melting and stirring at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely smooth.
- Ladle the chocolate(abut 2 tablespoons at a time) onto parchment paper. Sprinkle the chocolate rounds with the fruit, nuts and seeds.
- Sprinkle each round with sea salt(I like Maldon)and allow them to cool for several hours.
I found many versions of this Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bites recipe at Christmastime when I was looking for soy and dairy free alternatives to Christmas cookies and candy. They do make a lovely holiday gift, but they are also a great treat for every day. They can be eaten as is or break them up over a frozen dessert or pudding.
For this recipe, you’ll want to pick dried fruits and nuts that you enjoy such as dried apricots, cranberries, or cherries , almonds, pistachios, or peanuts or a mixture of some or all of them.
Cut the chocolate into small pieces all about the same size. Place them in a glass bowl. Glass is better to avoid burning the chocolate.
Microwave the chocolate for thirty seconds and stir. Although it may look as though it’s not ready to be stirred, please go ahead and do it. Stirring helps to distribute the heat. Continue heating and stirring for thirty second intervals until the chocolate is smooth.
If you prefer not to use the microwave for melting, you can heat the chocolate in a double broiler on the stovetop over barely simmering water.
Once the chocolate is melted, ladle it onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the chocolate rounds with the nuts, seeds and dried fruits that you have chosen. Then, sprinkle with sea salt and allow the rounds to cool for several hours.
This method will not result in tempered chocolate(smooth and snappy that you would use for coating truffles for example).