This candy makes for a wonderful dessert of healthy snack. Although it's coated in chocolate, there's loads of fiber and healthy vitamins hiding within! And... you don't need an oven for this recipe, so your kids can help you make it!
2 cups almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and/or filberts, toasted and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup golden raisins
2/3 cup dried apricot, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup dried cranberries or craisins
1/4 cup candied ginger, diced (optional)
1 7-ounce bar of chocolate, chopped
1. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Grease the foil and set baking sheet aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the nuts, raisins, dried apricots, dried cranberries and (optional) candied ginger. Place 3/4 cup of the mixture in a small bowl and set both mixtures aside.
3. Use a double boiler to melt chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and remove from heat. (You can melt the chocolate in a microwave.) Stir the larger portion of the nut mixture into the melted chocolate. Nuts and fruit should be covered in chocolate.
4. Spread nut/chocolate mixture onto prepared baking sheet to 3/8-inch thickness. Sprinkle reserved 3/4 cup of fruit mixture over the chocolate mixture. Use your hand to lightly press the fruit into the chocolate.
5. Leave the candy to harden; about 1 hour or until set. Then, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Serving suggestion: Break the candy into small pieces and serve atop a scoop of ice cream.