Mexican Dark Chocolate-Cinnamon-Coated Walnuts

Unlike many other delicious, rich chocolate-based dishes, there is no “decadent” in this recipe title. That is because (and it might seem too good to be true) this recipe is actually full of desirable antioxidants and healthy omega-3 oils: dark chocolate, cinnamon, and walnuts.  “Health foods” all the way!

Ingredients

Nonstick spray

12 ounces semisweet chocolate

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 to 3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon New Mexico chili powder and/or dash or two of cayenne (optional)

2 cups walnut halves

3 cups dried fruit (such as a mixture of cranberries, blueberries, etc.)

Note: Try to save your most perfect unbroken walnut halves for this, as it looks really nice to have the whole piece coated with all the goodies.

Directions

1. Lightly spray the top of a double boiler with nonstick spray, then add the chocolate. Place it over simmering water on low heat to allow it to melt slowly. Don’t stir or in any way disturb the melting chocolate.

2. In the meantime, spray 3 dinner plates with nonstick spray.  In a medium-small bowl, thoroughly combine the cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, and optional chili powder and/or cayenne.  Sprinkle about half the powdered mixture onto the prepared plates, shaking it into a fairly even layer on each plate. Leave the other half of the dry mix in the bowl.

3. When the chocolate has melted (and leaving it over the double boiler, but with the heat turned off) add 1 cup of the walnuts, gently stirring and turning them in the chocolate until each half is completely coated. Use tongs to lift out the coated nuts, one by one, and transfer to a cocoa-powdered plate in a single layer.  Dust the top with a little of the reserved dry mix, and set aside.  Continue with the next cup of walnuts, and repeat exactly, using the second prepared plate.  Repeat again with the final batch.

4. When all is assembled, put the plates in a refrigerator for up to 30 minutes, allowing the chocolate coating to harden.  When it’s hard, loosen the coated nuts with a dinner knife, and transfer to a bowl.  Add in the dried fruit and gently combine. 

5. Transfer to a container with a tightly fitted lid. Store in the refrigerator or freezer and serve (or just eat) as desired.

Mexican Dark Chocolate-Cinnamon-Coated Walnuts

Nutritional Information

Based on 12 servings.

Per serving:

Calories

264

Total Fat     

12g

Saturated Fat  

3g

Monounsaturated Fat

1g

Polyunsaturated Fat

6g

Cholesterol

1mg

Sodium

5mg

Carbohydrates

37g

Dietary Fiber      

4g

Protein

4g