This recipe for fruit and nut chocolate bars uses just 3 ingredients— dark chocolate, coconut oil, and your choice of fruits and nuts! The beauty of this chocolate bar recipe is that it can easily be adapted for endless flavour combinations!
I remember as a kid the fruit and nut chocolate bars were always my Mom’s favorite treat. I was not a huge fan, but somehow over the years they’ve really grown on me and now I can’t resist them!
Today’s homemade chocolate bar recipe is so delicious! I added flowers into the mix which makes them almost too pretty to eat! All the more reason to sit down and eat them mindfully, enjoying every beautiful and delicious bite.
How to Make Chocolate Bars
- Use chocolate molds or line a 6 x 3 loaf pan
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave (if doing microwave, remove and stir evey 30 seconds or so)
- Pour the chocolate into the molds or pan and top with fruit & nuts
- Place in the freezer to set for 5-10 minutes or overnight
- Enjoy immediately or wrap up to eat later!
Nutrition Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals that can cause cellular damage
- Source of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, selenium, and zinc
- Dark chocolate bars typically have a higher percent of cacao (around 50% or more)
- Cacao contains a good source of fiber and antioxidant properties.
Is Dark Chocolate Vegan?
- Many high quality dark chocolates are Vegan. Look for chocolate bars with 55% cacao/cocoa or higher
- Some brands dark chocolate does still contain dairy products. Be sure to check the ingredient list!
Add-Ins for Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bar
The best part about homemade fruit and nut chocolate bars is that you can hand pick your favorite ingredients and combos!
One of my favorite finds for this chocolate bar recipe was goldenberries. I’ve never had them dried before and they are so good! Not overly sweet, a bit of a tang, and as an added bonus they are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A,C and E. I will definitely be adding the leftovers to my morning oatmeal!
I wanted to try some unique combos so I also picked up some crystalised ginger, goji berries, pistachios and a tropical fruit mix!
Some of my favorite combos that I’ve tried are below:
- Toasted Coconut & Almond with Sea Salt
- Toasted Hazelnut, Morning Berries & Orange Zest
- Candied Ginger & Orange Zest
- Dried Banana & Toasted Coconut
- Pistachio, Cranberry & Dried Rose petals
Other Recipes you Might Enjoy
- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- After 8 Chocolate Mint Smoothie
- Salted Caramel Energy Balls
- No Bake Coconut Cheesecake
I’d love to see what kind of combos you come up with! If you make these bars tag me on Instagram @lindsaypleskot with #makefoodfeelgoodPrint
Homemade Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bars
- Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 bars 1x
- Diet: Vegan
Dangerously easy to make with endless combinations, these make beautiful holiday gifts or, you know, as they say – treat yo self! Kid Friendly.
- 300g chocolate of choice (I used dark chocolate)
- 2 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
- Your choice of fruit, nuts, flowers or other toppings
- To get the shape of your chocolate bars, you will either need chocolate bar moulds (I used these ones) or you can use a small 6×3 loaf pan. If you don’t have either of these you can also use a larger baking dish and cut into individual bars or pieces.
- If using a loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper.
- To melt the chocolate, fill a small pot with water and place a bowl on top, making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Place your chocolate and coconut oil in the bowl, stirring consistently until melted.
- Pour the chocolate into your molds or loaf pan and tap the bottom of the mold/pan on the counter to settle and even out the chocolate. Top each bar with desired topping combos.
- Place in the freezer to set for 5 minutes. Remove and run a knife around the edges to loosen the chocolate then leave to set overnight. (Tip: If you are having troubles getting the bars out of the molds when ready, place back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and they will pop out much easier.
- Once set, enjoy immediately or wrap in cellophane bags to store or give away as gifts.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 hours
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Frozen to set
- Cuisine: European
Keywords: easy, kid friendly, christmas, holidays
Happy crafting and of course, Happy Eating!
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