I completely blame this on my sister-in-law, Katie, as she opened my eyes to the deliciousness that is ALL things covered in chocolate. Ever since our trip a couple weeks ago, I have been in constant resistance mode and I have been failing miserably. In case you didn’t know, things covered in chocolate is kinda incredible and most definitely addictive.
It wouldn’t be fair to completely blame this new, I-Hate-That-I-Love-It, problem on my favorite New Yorker though, because the bag I snapped a photo of was the inspiration to my chocolate creation. Can you feel the inner battle I am facing?
I have discussed my addiction to random foodie clearance items before and I am not yet reformed. Obviously (see previous photo).
The Brookside crunchy clusters were on sale and I fell into the trap of clever package design and made the mistake of thinking this little bag of clusters contained some chocolate, crunch and fruit. Well, I guess it did, but they packed about 32 other ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Before you think I am into 100% organic and all natural 100% of the time, let me clarify.
We try to eat organic as often as we are able to budget for and I can be found reading the back of packages in Aldi at any given time in a grocery trip, but we are totally okay with the occasional mystery ingredients in something delicious now and again.
But after my second seventh bite, I decided that all those extra ‘ingredients’ just didn’t seem necessary! And thus began my recreation adventure of Chocolate Fruit Clusters.
Hershey’s just got lazy on you, I promise, because with a toss of a few ingredients in your cupboards and a coating of your favorite chocolate, you have the perfect pop-able sweet to kick that craving in a natural way.
Toss your favorite nut in there as well or maybe a different dried fruit you love. Maybe you would prefer white chocolate? You can’t go wrong.
And before you even tell me about your new year’s resolution, I will leave you with this nutritional education. 😉-photo credit: thirdmonk.net
- ½ cup dark chocolate
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ cup granola
- ¼ cup oats
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup mixed berry dried fruit
- Add all ingredients, except chocolate, to a small bowl and stir until combined.
- Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until fully melted.
- Add mixture to chocolate and stir until coated.
- Pour chocolate onto parchment paper and spread evenly.
- Add to freezer for 10-20 minutes or until chocolate has set.
- Break apart chocolate into small clusters and serve.