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Fruit & Nut Super Snacks
Fruit & Nut Super Snacks
Isn’t it great when you can combine duty with pleasure? Not that eating dried fruit and nuts aren’t pleasure, but if I have the option to enhance how I consume them, then I will enhance it! These were simple to make and I think creating them with your kids will not only make them proud of their accomplishment, but get them revved up to devour them on cue.
This particular recipe makes 2 dozen large rounds. You could scale the diameter down and make 3 dozen smaller snacks if you’d rather have a more manageable size, but if you take that route and eat two, you are defeating the purpose. With that being said, you might have trouble keeping these around anyway, no matter what size you make them!
These are literally as big as my hand. They are delicious and chock full of beautifully moist dried fruit and crunchy nuts. For the fruits, I used dried pears, apricots, figs and cherries. For the nuts, I combined almonds, pecans and pistachios. Then sprinkled pumpkin seeds on top! Great nutrition all settled in a delicious foundation of chocolatey goodness.
Feel free to use any combination of dried fruits and nuts that you prefer. This is not a scientific formula! Just make sure you have about a handful of each to create the recipe of two dozen.
I melted my dark chocolate in a double boiler because I think it melts much smoother, but feel free to take the easy route in the microwave. Just makes sure it doesn’t burn.
The chocolate is pretty thick, so you can easily shape the rounds into any size.
Add all the morsels to each round until it is packed with enough goodness and to your liking.
I popped the parchment-lined cookie sheet with a dozen snacks into the fridge for a bit to speed up the hardening.
Voila! Quick, simple and nutritious snacks for the whole family. If your kids aren’t breakfast eaters like mine, try giving them one of these! It gets a little something nutritious in their belly and gives them a jolt of energy.
Trust me, they’ll go quick!
Here is the recipe for ya…
- 20 oz. dark chocolate
- Various dried fruit to your liking
- Various nuts to your liking
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Spoon the desired amount onto the parchment and create a round base
- Top with dried fruit and nuts
- Place in the fridge to speed up the hardening process
- These store beautifully in a covered container in a cool dry space. Or feel free to keep them in the refrigerator!