When it comes to snacks I always go to dried fruits and granola. Some days I need something on the sweeter side. That’s where this tropical mango granola chocolate bark recipe comes to play it big for me. You can add dried fruits many recipes, making it a great addition of flavor and textures. Plus, they are so good for you!
What is a dried fruit?
Have you ever taken a walk down some aisles in the grocery store or at a Farmer’s Market and seen dried fruits inside cereal boxes, inside pre-packaged salads, or in individual packages? We’ll be talking about dried fruit and how to incorporate dried fruit in your diet.
Dried fruit is a fruit that has been dried, either naturally or artificially by a machine, such as a dehydrator.
Some examples of dried fruits are:
This tropical mango granola chocolate bark recipe includes dried blueberries, coconut and mango. It also has the crunch of granola with pepitas, which I absolutely love!
- 1 1/2 cups cups Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate
- 1 cup White Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Granola
- 1/2 cup Dried Mango
- 1/4 cup Dried Coconut
- 1/4 cup Dried Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds, or nut of choice
- Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt each chocolate in the microwave over 30 seconds increments.
- Mix and repeat until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Note: It usually takes me about two to three tries, depending on the amount of chocolate.
- Spread the dark chocolate into an even layer. There's no need to cover the entire sheet. You want the chocolate bark to have a certain height.
- Repeat with the remaining chocolates.
- Top with nuts and dry fruits.
- Press down slightly.
- Finally drizzle with any leftover chocolate.
- Chill to set.
- Once set, break into pieces. Enjoy!
Store any left overs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g
Why are dried fruits good for you?
You will find that dried fruits are high in fiber, and most supply good amounts of iron and calcium. Some are rich in potassium and magnesium. Vitamin A is the standout vitamin, and many have significant amounts of vitamin C, depending on the fruit. They’re also a great source of antioxidants.
Additionally you will also find that dried fruits enhance hot and cold cereals, trail mixes, baked goods, savory dishes, and much more. And of course, they’re the perfect food to eat out of hand.
Some of our favorite treats and afternoon snacks are Pecan Pie Granola, with dried coconut flakes and another recipe that is loaded with dried coconut is our Coconut Tres Leches cake and cupcakes. This is by far our favorite dessert for special occasions or Cinco de Mayo.
We also have 10 easy ways to incorporate dried fruit into your diet with so many ideas to inspire you the next time you are shopping for snacks or staring at your pantry.
Next time you walk down the aisle in a supermarket or visit your local Farmer’s market pay extra attention to the vast variety of dried fruit available and consider introducing a few into your daily diet.
What’s your favorite dry fruit and favorite place to get them?