The past couple of weeks have just been crazy. You know, the kind where you feel like you took two steps forward and then 5 steps back? First, my site totally crashed for almost an entire day and I’ve been looking for another hosting company…grrr. I’ve been helping put together a huge holiday blog event and giveaway with over 16 other fabulous bloggers, so stay tuned for that! Plus, I had to finish up my daughter’s lighted jellyfish Halloween costume and I made my first video review for the blog!
So this week, I needed a quick and easy treat to pack in the kid’s lunch boxes & something to post for our Fall Cookie and Dessert Share-fest. This Dried Fruit & Nut Clusters was the perfect recipe. This treat requires no baking, can be made in less than 20 minutes, and tastes great!
I made two batches. My youngest daughter insisted on a berry blend with pecans and I wanted an apricot and almond blend. That’s the great thing about this recipe, you can use your favorite blend of dried fruits and nuts. What fruits and nuts would you use?
Note: If you’re using larger sized dried fruits (like apricots), chop into raisin sized pieces. I also take a mallet to the almonds and pecans because I prefer the larger sized pieces over store-bought chopped nuts.
Now this is the hardest part of the recipe – melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl over boiling water. Make sure you’re constantly mixing it. I know, it’s so hard. But on the plus side,you may just get a free facial out of it too :-). Of course, you could melt it in the microwave, but I ALWAYS end up over cooking it.
Once the chocolate is melted and your facial is done, pour it into the bowl of fruits and nuts. Mix it well and scoop into mini cupcake cups.
To speed up the process, I put the cups onto a tray and into the freezer for 5 minutes.
What other fruit and nut combos should I try?
Fruit and Nut Clusters
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable|
- 2/3 cups dried fruit (I used a mixed bag of blueberries, cherries, and cranberries)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
- 1/3 cup lightly salted sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8oz white chocolate (measure 8 ounces of white candy melts or use 1 1/2 cups or white chocolate chips)
Use whatever type of dried fruit and nut mixture you prefer. The recipe is very forgiving and easily adaptable to variations of dried fruits and nuts. Experiment and have fun with it. You can even change the spices too!
Fall Cookie & Dessert Recipes shared on the Merry Monday Link Parties during October.
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