I needed to make something for a party. Something naturally gluten free, quick, easy and with eye appeal!
Scrolling through pinterest, I came across a beautiful picture of chocolates sprinkled with colourful dried fruits and nuts. Since I always have an abundance of those things in my pantry, I went to work crafting up some of my own chocolates!
I don’t think I need to promote the benefits of chocolate to anyone….it’s dang tasty and cocoa is high in antioxidants. Enough said.
Feel free to have fun rummaging through the shelves of your pantry for some random toppings for these chocolates! Nuts, seeds and dried fruits are all high in disease fighting anti-oxidants as well as vital nutrients for our bodies.
These chocolates could easily be individualized for a different themes or to suit different taste buds. Pistachios and cranberries for Christmas! Pumpkin seeds and apricots for Halloween! These came together in about 10 minutes plus some time for firming of the chocolates.
1 package of Dark chocolate chips 55% or darker
Assortment of dried fruits, nuts and seeds (dried cranberries, raisins, diced apricots, figs, dates, cherries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, toasted almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews….the list goes on!)
1. Pour chocolate chips in a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir well and microwave for an addition 30 seconds at a time, stir in between, until chocolate it all melted.
2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon a tablespoon of melted chocolate onto the parchment paper until all is used up. Lift the pan about 1 inch above the counter and drop a few times to help the chocolate spread out.
3. Sprinkle the tops of the chocolates with a variety of toppings.
4. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm and hardened. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.