Introduction: Super Candy!
Feel a whole lot less guilty about eating candy with this easy homemade delicacy chock full of nutrients from a bunch of super foods!
You will need:
- 1/3 cup almonds,
- 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/3 dried coconut, plus additional for coating (about 2/3 cup total)
- 1/3 cup dried Goji berries
- 1/3 cup dried blueberries
- 2 pitted dates
- lemon or lime
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Step 1: Prepare the Super Fruit Filling
In the bowl of a food processor place 1/3 cup almonds and 1/3 cup shelled pistachios. Blend to a fine crumbly texture, like coarse sand.
Add 1/3 cup of the dried coconut (reserving the other 1/3 cup), 1/3 cup dried goji berries, 1/3 cup dried blueberries and 2 pitted dates. Blend to a uniform texture. Squeeze in a tablespoon of fresh lemon or lime juice. Blend again until mixture comes together as a ball.
Step 2: Layer the Bars
Line a microwave safe pan with parchment. Sprinkle 1/2 of the reserved coconut to cover the parchment fairly evenly. Break chunks of the superfruit filling over the coconut and press into pan to create an even layer of the fruit mix. You can press down with additional parchment to keep your hands clean.
Distribute 1/3 to 1/2 cup of chocolate chips over the fruit mix.*
*note: I am too lazy to temper chocolate doing the whole double boiler method, except for very special occasions! If you are a purist, by all means, do it that way! This following microwave method is good enough for me:
Step 3: Melt, Score and Chill
Place pan in the microwave and cook in 20 second increments. After each increment, check pan and attempt to spread the chocolate chips, even if they don't look melted yet! Usually chips melt in about 1 minute total. Spread melted chips out evenly over the fruit layer and sprinkle with remaining coconut.
Let the chocolate cool for a couple minutes, then use a knife to score the candy in your desired shape and size.
Chill in the fridge, or freezer if you are feeling like you just can't wait that long! When chocolate is firm, but not solid, use a knife to cut along score lines to finish your treats! Eat em up!