Cocoa Fruit Treats

Cocoa Fruit Treats

If you are craving a naturally sweet, easy-to-make healthy treat that you won't feel guilty indulging in, then you simply must make these fudgy little fruit and nut nibblers that I just had to try after seeing Ricki's recipe for cocoa nibbles recently. I was especially attracted to the range of possible flavor combinations, and accordingly proceeded to explore my cupboards. The result was even better than expected! Think fat, chocolatey fruit leather without artificial sweetener and with just a hint of spice. These delightful slices of bliss will keep for a week in a covered container in the refrigerator, but I dare you to resist gobbling them all up after a short chill. Serves as many as you feel generous enough to share with.


Cocoa Fruit TreatsCocoa Fruit Treats
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Adapted from Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Published on June 3, 2008

Naturally sweet, guilt-free and no-bake cocoa treats with pistachios, dried fruits and a hint of chili

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Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup raw unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened prunes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
Instructions:
  • In a food processor, pulse together the pistachios, dates, prunes, cranberries and cocoa until you have a coarse meal. Add the vanilla and red chili flakes, and process until the mixture forms into thick ball of dough.

  • Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and, using your hands, shape into a roughly 8-inch log. Cover with plastic wrap, roll the log a few times to compress, and chill for a few hours or longer. Cut into 1/2-inch slices to serve.

Makes 16 rounds
Cocoa Fruit Treats

17 comments:

Allie said...

Oh, wow. Just wow. Those look like little tastes of heaven.

Lisa said...

Words do not do these little bites of bliss justice. A MUST TRY!

Ricki said...

Lisa, these look amazing!! I often add chili flakes but have never done these with so many fruits--and I LOVE the addition of pistachios! Now I'm going to be making your version next time... !

Kevin said...

These sound great! I like the nut and dried fruit combo and the use of the chocolate and chilies!!

eatme_delicious said...

Oh wow these sound good! I'm always looking for healthy treats and this is definitely something different. Though I think I'll be leaving out the chili flakes!

Elly said...

These look so great! I just made my own granola bars for the first time and I was thinking of making something with just fruit & nut (like a Lara bar). Love the cocoa in these. Have you ever had that Ficoco spread? It's one of my favorite things ever.

Lisa said...

Elly, haven't had that Ficoco spread. Care to share?

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Ohh that looks amazing... can diabetic patience eat them... I can make a whole bunch for my dad and father in law then..... awesome lisa.....

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Johanna said...

these look amazingly tempting - I'm pleased to see you had success with adapting these to your cupboard - hope to have a go at these soon

Jeena said...

What a wonderful reacipe for a healthy treat. I love using dried fruit and nuts for healthy snacks. These looks lovely. :-)

Hetal said...

Wow Lisa....these look amazing and healthy too.will definitely try them

Lisa said...

I checked with a diabetic co-worker of mine and yes, these are a fine treat for diabetics.

Elly said...

I get Ficoco at Whole Foods, but I'm sure they have it at other places. The ingredients are basically dried figs, cocoa powder and cane sugar. No doubt easy enough to make on your own (and I might try next time) and so much better than plain ol' jam.

Ivy said...

Wow, these are excellent. This is the kind of food we want our children to be eating. Healthy and nutritious, naturally sweetened. Thank you Lisa for submitting this to our event.

Mansi Desai said...

I loved these Lisa! they look so good! but don't you need any binding agent like eggs or milk to make the dough? how will it come together? just by the dried fruits?

Lisa said...

Mansi, you don't need any binding agent at all. I used moist dried fruit and they came together perfectly. Very easy to make, and very had to resist.

karuna said...

really nice.i love anything chocolatey. i made something similar but with melted chocolate.
need to try this one out