Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pumpkin Seed & Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters GF


I think there's something very special about home made gifts and one of the major advantages in making your own chocolates is you can ensure that they are gluten free and/or dairy free. I'm really fond of fruit and nut chocolates but I've also been making my own chocolates with pumpkin seeds recently. In fact, I've become a quite addicted to dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds - you may remember my amazing bargain purchase of Landgarten chocolate covered pumpkin seeds which I talked about in the post about my October TVK box.

These simple little bites of gorgeousness don't take long to create and are a perfect gift for chocolate lovers everywhere. Half of the clusters in the jar above were made with roasted pumpkin seeds...


... and the other half with almonds and raisins (my favourite fruit and nut combination) but feel free to substitute your favourite dried fruits and nuts in whatever combination you prefer.



Choosing the chocolate is entirely up to you but I prefer to use my all time favourite chocolate which is from Hotel Chocolat who produce THE most wonderful range of gluten free chocolates. Spending the extra to buy their gorgeous dark chocolate drops is really worth it if you're on a dairy free diet! But whatever chocolate you prefer to use, these little treats are sure to taste magnificent! Also, you may decide to temper your chocolate, if so you will need a thermometer. It's worth going to the extra trouble if it's a gift because it produces wonderfully shiny clusters though I didn't temper the chocolate in this recipe. This recipe makes about 20 chocolates.



Pumpkin Seed & Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters GF

200 g dark chocolate
60 g (½ cup) pumpkin seeds
60 g (½ cup) almonds
60 g (½ cup) raisins

  • Tip the pumpkin seeds into a frying pan and heat over a medium light until they start to pop then tip into a bowl.
  • Tip the fruit and nuts into another bowl.
  • Place the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water to melt slowly over a low light.
  • Pour half the melted chocolate onto the pumpkin seeds and the other half on to the nuts and fruit.
  • Spoon into mini baking cases and allow to cool.
  • Place carefully into a mason jar and tie a ribbon around it.


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8 comments:

  1. Oh, Vicki, these treats look spectacular! I love how few ingredients there are, too. :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thank you! It is simple isn't it! I was talking to someone last week and they mentioned that they needed simple ideas for Christmas presents - not everyone has the time on their hands to make their own chocolate from scratch so this post hopefully will inspire people to try their own combinations of fruit and nuts.

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  2. Your Pumpkin Seed & Fruit and Nut Chocolate Clusters look wonderful, Vicky! What a lovely gift from the kitchen for Christmas. I totally agree with you about Hotel Chocolat chocolate drops too - I love using them. Thank you for sharing these delicious treats with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned, tweeted and will share on FB :-)

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    1. Thank you April! I love Mason Jar Gifts for anything - from soaps to food! Hotel Chocolat is fantastic isn't it? Easily the best chocolate I think!

      Thank you for sharing and featuring it at the Heart & Soul Hop this week.

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  3. I love making a similar recipe at the holidays, and it is always enjoyed. I never thought of putting them in the little cups and giving as gifts. What a great idea!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Thank you also for featuring the recipe on Gluten Free Wednesdays this week,

      Have a lovely Christmas!

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  4. This is such a beautiful gift idea! I would be so happy if I received this on Christmas Day ;) I love making home made chocolates as gifts for friends and family. I don't drink alcohol, so I tend to bring chocolates when we're invited round to friends' houses for 'dribbles' (drinks & nibbles). This year I was planning to make truffles & bark as festive gifts, but I might just have to try your beautiful recipe too. It's so simple but I know how good it will taste! :P

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    1. Funny, I was thinking as I was putting the chocolates in the jar that it would something I would like for Christmas too! Home made gifts are so nice, there's a touch of magic about them! Truffles and bark sound perfect to me, yum!

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