Chunky Chocolate Fruit-and-Nut Bars

This is a dessert bar that is chocked full of goodness; 5oz nuts, 8 oz mixed dry fruit, 1/4 cup shredded coconut and 7oz chocolate. I worked with the ingredients I had at home so my choices were: pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, one dried fig, candied ginger, dark chocolate and I used sweetened coconut as that is what I had. The chocolate is melted and all the ingredients are tossed together to coat. The chocolate mixture is put into a 8-inch square pan coated with oil, parchment paper and cocoa powder. It needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Unlike Dorie I did not grow up eating this kind of dessert. This recipe reminded me of a Kind Nut & Spice bar. The only problem I had was with the cocoa powder. My cocoa powder was a lot lighter than the dark chocolate I used, it was clearly visible all over. I tried to brush it off with a pastry brush and that just made it worse. The sheen of my chocolate was completely gone. I don’t think the cocoa powder was necessary. The oil and parchment paper (I made a sling) prevented any sticking and I think the cocoa powder was not necessary. To see what others thought head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t use cocoa powder either (this is why some people’s look like brownies, I’m realising). I found this didn’t have enough chocolate to hold it together , was delish but I wouldn’t make it again.


  2. these were indeed tasty. i skipped the cocoa also and they were totes fine.


  3. Cakelaw says:

    Haha, the consensus seems to be to skip the cocoa. I used it šŸ™‚ .These were delicious, but like Mardi, I would not make them again.


  4. Zosia says:

    I agree that the cocoa wasn’t necessary (I did use it) but they did taste good.


  5. Type & Cakes says:

    These look so delightful! I like the kind of candy where you get something in each bite. Can’t wait to make these!


  6. Yours look so good…you can really see the nuts and fruit inside! I have an idea what these will taste like with your analogy of a Kind bar haha!


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