Rosamicula (rosamicula) wrote,

Recipe for Bear Crunch

This doesn't need an ingredients list - it's too simple. Roughly chop up 200 gms or so of mixed whole nuts and seeds of your choice. Don't use pre-chopped, they're too dry and flavourless. Roughly chop - if necessary about 100 - 150 grammes of mixed dried fruits of your choice. The batch I made yesterday contained 'tropical' dried fruits so had papaya, coconut and banana in, and the nuts were walnut, blanched almond and cashew as that's what I had in the house. As that made for quite a busy combination I didn't add a dusting of chili or cinnamon or the zest of a citrus fruit, but I have done with other mixtures, to delicious effect. Then melt a 125 gm bar of decent dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. Mix the nuts and fruits thoroughly into the melted chocolate and then spread it onto one of those floppy baking trays doofuses so it is very thinly spread. Put it in the freezer and leave till set. Then break up into rough chunks, put in a box and give to steer who will immediately become your drooling bitch-slave.

If you are not a slavering man-hound with no impulse control and are able to ration your intake of bear crunch, it is a very good way to get an extremely nutritious chocolate hit. It makes an impressive but very simple accompaniment to coffee at dinner parties, and if chopped up a little, a fantastic topping for ice cream and other desserts. I've also made it with no nuts, just sunflower and sesame seeds and those vile crunchy banana chips for someone with a nut allergy. You can use unsweetened cranberries and blueberries and higher cocoa content chocolate if you are low-carbing.
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