Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sides: Berry Nutty Chocolate Bites

Almonds are good for your brain, your cholesterol, your heart, your blood pressure, and your skin. Because of the manganese, copper and Riboflavin in almonds, they also can give you a boost of energy. And that's just one of the healthy ingredients in this treat.

This recipe calls for toasted almonds (almonds are at their tastiest when toasted). Simply put almonds on a shallow pan in a 350 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Berry Nutty Chocolate Bites

  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1 cup dried berries (I used a mix of cherries, blueberries and cranberries)
  • 1 cup toasted almonds (slivered almonds are what's picture, but sliced works beautifully)
Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds, adding 15 seconds at a time until just barely melted. When melted, add berries and almonds and mix. Place tablespoon sized peices on wax paper or parchment paper. Place in freezer until hardened. (this only taked about 15 minutes) Store in airtight container in fridge.

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