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Chocolate Fruit Clusters

I have a problem.Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

I want to cover everything in chocolate.Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

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?Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

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.Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

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.

Guys…SO EASY.

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.

I listed the recipe that I used, but this is one of those recipes that is really just a guide. You know how much I love those!Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

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.

If you actually have leftovers…they store great in the fridge or freezer and make the best handy snack when you want to reach for a candy bar or hit the café for a coffee/coffee-flavored milkshake.Chocolate Fruit Clusters- the perfect easy make-ahead natural treat that will curb any sweet craving! Bite-sized and covered in dark chocolate. |wordslikehoneycomb.com

And before you even tell me about your new year’s resolution, I will leave you with this nutritional education. 😉ThirdMonk.net-photo credit: thirdmonk.net

*Nutritional Info is for 1/6th of recipe*Chocolate Fruit Clusters Nutritional Facts

Chocolate Fruit Clusters
 
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Serves: 6 +
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except chocolate, to a small bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until fully melted.
  3. Add mixture to chocolate and stir until coated.
  4. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper and spread evenly.
  5. Add to freezer for 10-20 minutes or until chocolate has set.
  6. Break apart chocolate into small clusters and serve.
Notes
Depending on temperature, the chocolate may soften when sitting out. If this happens, just add to freezer again for about 5 minutes to set again. I did this several times and the clusters were perfect every time 🙂

 

 

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