Yes, its true. Chocolate can save the world, one tongue at a time. And my quick and easy recipe combines fruit and nut mix with semi sweet chocolate, perfectly forming a Fruit & Nut Chocolate Slab (without the extra calories!). Remember, because I use semi sweet chocolate, I am effectively lowering the calorie count, and by adding nuts and dried fruit – we counter the bitterness of the chocolate with a hullabaloo of a mixture of chewy, crunchy and crispy! Now I do not obviously advise eating slabs by the handful, rather having a 1 or 2″ square would be enough to give you your kick of sugar, without the unnecessary guilt!
This recipe is very very simple – almost fool proof! All you have to do is :
- melt butter
- add fruit and nut mix
- stir to combine
- spread of parchment paper
- let it cool to set completely before snapping into chunks
And thats it! I used a 3 cup chocolate : 1 cup nuts ratio, but you can alter this based on your preference or availability. You can also make this a more kid friendly snack by swapping the semi sweet / dark chocolate for milk chocolate or even white chocolate! I’m so in love with the simplicity and guaranteed results of this Fruit & Nut Chocolate Slab (without the extra calories!) – It is also the most effective way to use up any extra chocolate and any array of nuts/ dry fruit my mixing it all together – because chocolate is a universal binder!
In support of the non-recipe recipe movement, here is the recipe for Fruit & Nut Chocolate Slab (without the extra calories!):
- 2-3 cups chocolate chips/chunks of choice (semi sweet / milk / white)
- 3/4 – 1 1/2 cups fruit and nut mix (raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc)
- Parchment paper lined tray that can fit in your refrigerator
- Melt down your chocolate until glossy and silky smooth. You can do this either using a microwave (short bursts of 30-40 seconds each time) or over a double boiler.
- Stir the chocolate to ensure there are no lumps. Mix in your fruit and nut mix. Empty onto the parchment lined tray and leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours before breaking into slabs.