Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

Good-quality dark chocolate packed with lots of chopped nuts, seeds, and dried fruit make these a favorite, nutritious, and energizing snack. Make a batch, wrap them in gold foil candy paper, or parchment, and place in a drawer - you’re set for the month. We used 74% Guittard dark chocolate here, a mix of almonds, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts, and dried nectarines. But, as you can imagine, the recipe is very flexible - dates, raisins, dried blueberries, all make good substitutions.

24 ounces dark chocolate, loosely chopped
1 cup chopped mixed toasted nuts
1 cup chopped dried fruit
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
toppings; bee or fennel pollen, dried rose petals, flaky sea salt

To gently melt the chocolate, arrange a stainless steel mixing bowl over a saucepan of simmering water - simulating a double boiler. Melt the chocolate in the mixing bowl, and stir in most of the nuts, dried fruit, and seeds. Stir well. Pour into chocolate molds, lined muffin tins, or pan - whatever shape, size you like. Sprinkle with any toppings you like and allow to set in a cool dark place for a few hours.

Makes a couple dozen bites, depending on size.

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