CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Nut and Fruit ChewsFor a midday, low-calorie snack and a quick energy boost, try the following, which includes a mixture of almonds, raisins, rice puffs and melted semisweet chocolate.
By: Herald Staff Reports,
For a midday, low-calorie snack and a quick energy boost, try the following, which includes a mixture of almonds, raisins, rice puffs and melted semisweet chocolate.
Nut and Fruit Chews
2 cup blanched almonds roughly chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup roughly chopped dried apricots
¼ cup golden raisins
1 cup puffed rice
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
In a food process fitted with a steel blade, add the almonds, vanilla and honey. Process the almonds until almost smooth, and then add the apricots. Continue processing until the almonds have become a paste.
Transfer the almond mixture to a work bowl, and stir in the raisins and rice puffs.
Spread the almond mixture onto half a piece of wax paper or parchment paper that is 12-inches by 18-inches. Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the almond mixture.
Using the edge of the paper roll the almonds in a cylindrical shape making sure it is tightly packed together. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 to 6 hours.
Slice the log into ½-inch pieces.
Yield: Approximately 40 pieces, about 30 calories each.
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