With Christmas just a few short weeks away I want to share some recipes that I think would be perfect in the lead up to the holiday season! I am someone who absolutely LOVES to bake and share food with loved ones especially at this magical time of the year. Every year I make heaps of different little desserts and put together little boxes of goodies for the people close to me. This is definitely going to be a welcome addition to this year’s box. One of my favourite chocolate bars is ‘Fruit and Nut’ and I was determined to make my own so that I could put the nuts and fruits of my choice. The beauty of this recipe is that you can recreate it with all your favourite dried fruits and nuts. If you’re making them for Christmas I would recommend using coconut flakes, goji berries and pistachios to really get into the Christmas spirit! Definitely give these ones a go, they are delicious if I do say so myself!
RECIPE (makes 12 large chunks)
300g dark chocolate (I used Loving Earth 85%)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp almond butter
1 cup dried fruit (I used dried blueberries, sour cherries, incaberries)
¼ cup coconut flakes
¼ cup roasted almonds
¼ cup macadamias, chopped
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup pistachios
¼ cup buckinis
In a large bowl mix together the dried fruit, coconut flakes, roasted almonds, macadamias, cashews, pistachios and buckinis.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave or over a double boiler on the stove.
Add the coconut oil and almond butter to the melted chocolate and stir until combined.
Pour the chocolate into the nuts and dried fruit and stir until all the nuts and dried fruits are coated in the chocolate.
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Pour the chocolate onto the tray in a single layer.
Place in the freezer to set for two hours or overnight.
Using a large knife, chop the chocolate into large chunks.
Storage: These should be stored in an airtight container. I absolutely love these really cold so I keep mine in the freezer but they would store just as well in the fridge!