This is one of our base recipes. These dark chocolate covered fruit bites are a great midday pick-me-up or tasty after-dinner sweet treat. This recipe uses ingredients that are sweet, salty, and creamy – all important elements of a satisfying treat!
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Culinary Tips for Making the Base Recipe
The fruit and nut mixture gets quite sticky, so you may have to wash your hands a few times between rolling the fruit bites. Using a portion scoop also helps keep your hands a little cleaner.
If the chocolate starts to solidify while dipping the fruit bites, simply reheat it in the microwave for ~30 seconds.
If using a microwave to melt the chocolate, heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between each round of heating.
Sprinkle the fruit bites with flaky sea salt while the chocolate is still warm, otherwise it won’t stick.
- Dried Fruit: use any dried fruit of your choice. What fruits are good dipped in chocolate? Any kind that you like! Apricots, blueberries, cherries, dates, figs, mangos, pineapples, prunes, and raisins are all good options.
- Nut Butter: use any nut or seed butter of your choice – almond, cashew, peanut, pecan, sunflower, walnut, etc.
- Chocolate: use dark or semi-sweet chocolate for best flavor and nutrition. We don’t recommend using milk or white chocolate, as these are not generally healthy options. You could, however, use them as a decorative drizzle on top.
Base Recipe Variations
Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste!
Feel free to add more of your favorite ingredients mixed in with the dried fruit or sprinkled on top. Coconut flakes, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, cocoa powder, and cinnamon would all be delicious additions.
Don’t like salty with your sweet? Simply leave off the sea salt at the end!
Don’t have chocolate chips on hand? Try dusting the fruit bites in cocoa powder!
Want a vegan chocolate covered fruit recipe? Use vegan chocolate chips!
Want a nut-free chocolate bite? Use either sunflower or soynut butter, or leave out the nut butter.
Need some chocolate fruit bite recipe ideas?
Use these recipe variations for inspiration, then have fun exploring other flavors, ingredients, and textures!
A portion scoop is a great alternative to a tablespoon measure that can be used to portion the fruit mixture, and will leave your hands a little cleaner.
For an environmentally friendly option, consider using a reusable silicon baking mat instead of parchment or wax paper.
Is dark chocolate covered fruit good for you?
For sure! We are big dark chocolate fans here at To Taste, so this recipe is a great way to incorporate that love of chocolate with some healthy fat, fiber, and protein. The featured ingredients in this recipe are dried fruit, nut butter, and dark chocolate.
Dried fruit contains carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants. The sugar in most dried fruit is naturally occurring and is paired with fiber and other plant compounds, making it a healthier option than refined sugars and sweets. (1) For optimal nutrition, choose unsulphured and unsweetened varieties.
Nut butter – almond, cashew, peanut, or whatever variety you enjoy – contains plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied. Choose natural versions with as few ingredients as possible (i.e. nuts and salt). Refer to our ingredient guide for more direction.
Cocoa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The darker, the better. You will receive the most nutritional benefits by consuming dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa solids.
Serve chocolate covered date bites as a tasty after-dinner treat, or as a midday pick-me-up! The protein, fat, and fiber will help keep you full and satisfied.
Store dark chocolate covered fruit bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week for best quality.
You can also store them in the freezer for up to one month; however, texture and flavor might be slightly affected after thawing.
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Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Bites Base Recipe
- Food Processor or Blender
- 14 ounces dried fruit
- 2 Tablespoons nut butter
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Flaky sea salt
- In a food processor, combine dried fruit, nut butter, and water. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed.
- Using a tablespoon or portion scoop, scoop fruit mixture into your hands and roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet or cutting board lined with parchment/wax paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Melt chocolate over low heat in a small sauce pan or microwave in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals (stirring between each).
- Using a fork, dip fruit bites in melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl, then place back on lined baking sheet or cutting board.
- Sprinkle chocolate-covered fruit bites with flaky sea salt. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is set (~30 minutes). Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!