No time for a huge cookie-baking production this year? Impress friends with these incredibly simple (and reasonably healthy) 3-ingredient homemade chocolates, the perfect easy holiday treats!
I’m always on the lookout for super-quick ways to create great food, and these homemade chocolates with cranberries and walnuts have been my go-to for tasty holiday gifts because they are so unbelievably easy but seem impressive nonetheless. In mason jars with nicely decorated labels, these homemade chocolates make perfect gourmet gifts, even if you’re not much of a cook.
They are seriously good, and I eat a fair number of them myself, truth be told. And since there are some great health benefits of chocolate, I don’t even feel bad about it.
But watch out, you can wind up putting more of these away than is good for you. While as treats go, they’re pretty full of healthy stuff, there’s still a fair amount of sugar and you should try to pace yourself!
Holiday treats need to be easy, am I right? Homemade chocolates are absurdly easy and quick!
That time of year is so busy anyhow, the last thing you need is a complicated recipe!
All that’s involved with these homemade chocolates is melting some chocolate chips and mixing in the cranberries and walnuts. You spoon them onto a plate and let them harden in the fridge. And you’re done!
But they take on an appealing shape, and the soft crunch of the walnuts with the tart-sweet of the dried cranberries makes them really addictive.
(In need of some other quick & easy homemade gift ideas? Here are more than 25 easy homemade gifts for the not-so-crafty!)
So let’s talk ingredients for these healthy holiday treats. Use the best semiweet chocolate you can afford, organic if possible. Organic cranberries and walnuts if you can swing them as well. Check out the links below for where to find them.
Homemade Chocolates with Cranberries and Walnuts (with vegan & nut-free option) Ingredients
1 cup semisweet chocolate (you can use chips or chop a baking bar. Find vegan chocolate chips here.)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I like walnuts best, but almonds or pecans work, too. If nut free, try pumpkin seeds.)
1. You can use a microwave or the stovetop to melt chocolate. Microwave instructions: Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds. Stir well and microwave 30 seconds more. Stir until chocolate melts.
2. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Drop immediately by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with a mat or wax paper. Refrigerate until candies are set. Store in the refrigerator.
Enjoy! (It can be tough, but try not to eat them all yourself — they’re not that healthy!)
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Photo credits: Judy van der Velden, Free-Photos