But I do my best to wake up in the middle of it all and actually get something done. Therefore, easy holiday baking and treat recipes are a life saver. And really, these chocolate fruit 'n nut bites couldn't be any simpler. There's not really even a recipe, but I did write down approximate amounts of what I used so that you could have a bit of a guideline to go off of.
Use the best quality chocolate that you can afford, and then raid your pantry and freezer for nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in different colors. I guarantee you that the even though they're probably the simplest thing on your holiday "baking" tray, they'll also get the most ooohs and aaahs. They're straight up pretty.
And actually, I only found this out yesterday, but these little treats actually have a name—Mendiants. According to wiki, a mendiant is a French confection that represents the four mendicants (or monastic orders): the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans, and the Carmelites. Traditionally the chocolate disks only feature 4 adornments total... a raisin, a hazelnut, a dried fig, and an almond—each color representing the monastic robes and usually found during Christmas.
If you know me, you know that I find dishes rich in history even more appealing, so these are a win-win-win (easy, delicious and filled with culture).
Chocolate Fruit 'n Nut Bites (Mendiants)
These chocolate disks studded with nuts and dried fruit then sprinkled with sea salt are a variation on the traditional French confection called mendiants.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: dessert vegetarian soy-free chocolate dried fruit nuts Christmas candy French winter
Ingredients (12 to 15 pieces)
- 8 ounces good quality chocolate (milk, semi-sweet, dark or white)
- 1/2 cup assorted nuts and/or seeds
- 1/2 cup assorted dried fruit, cut smaller if large
- coarse or flaked sea salt, optional
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set your assorted dried fruit and nuts out on your work surface.
Place your chocolate in a small bowl set over a pot of simmering water (make sure the bowl does not touch the water). Use a heat-proof rubber spatula to stir the chocolate until it is melted and smooth.
Drop the melted chocolate by 1/2 tablespoon scoops onto the prepared baking sheet, swirling a little to make a circle. Add fruit and nuts in any combo you like, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt if using. I find it works best if I make about 3 at a time (so that the chocolate doesn't start to set before the toppings are added).
Slide tray in the fridge until hard they have hardened. Store bites covered in the fridge or at a very cool room temperature.
Welcome to Day 1 of Christmas Week!This annual event was started in 2012, and is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. This year we have over 35 bloggers sharing festive sweet recipes for the event. Plus we all chipped in for a huge Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (open to residents of USA and Canada) so be sure to enter!
Recipes from Day 1 of Christmas Week:
- Apricot Spice Biscotti from Savoring Italy
- Blueberry Overnight Sweet Rolls from My Catholic Kitchen
- Bourbon Soaked Eggnog Cake from Cooking In Stilettos
- Caramel Bacon Bark from Dixie Chik Cooks
- Chanukah Olive Oil Cookies from Mother Would Know
- Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies from Daily Appetite
- Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps from Try Anything Once Culinary
- Chocolate Fruit 'n Nut Bites from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Christmas Sweets and Treats from Food Done Light
- Coconut Lemon Raspberry Bundt Cake from Desserts Required
- Coconut Pralines from Food Lust People Love
- Coquito Cinnamon Roll Bundt from Mind Over Batter
- Dark Chocolate Almond Cheesecake Cups from Savory Experiments
- Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from Amee's Savory Dish
- Easy Cream Cheese Cookies from Everyday Southwest
- Easy Macadamia Cashew Brittle from Aloha Flavor
- Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from Big Bear's Wife
- Eggnog Pound Cake from The Redhead Baker
- Eggnog Truffles from Crumb: A Food Blog
- Fancy Chocolate Covered Marshallows from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Ginger Snap Cocktail from Food Babbles
- Gingerbread Cake with Orange Cream Glaze from Comfortably Domestic
- Gingerbread Cookie Bars from From Gate to Plate
- Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies from The Tomato Tart
- Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Marzipan Fruits from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Molasses Ginger Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- No-Bake Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Peppermint Bark from Poet in the Pantry
- Peppermint Fudge from The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Pistachio Brittle from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Quince, Cranberry and Persimmon Crisps from Pineapple and Coconut
- Spiked Hot Cocoa Gift Mix from Farm Fresh Feasts
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