I made these for a vegan’s going-away fiesta and they were a hit. These were a quick and easy naturally gluten free and vegan treat- the texture was somewhere between fudge and a chocolate bar. I used chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds for these but they can be done with a variety of options or stick to just one kind of nut. Try also using half the amount of nuts and add half dried cherries.
Salted Chocolate and Nut Squares
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup (8-9 ounces) 70%-72% dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, pecans, and almonds
1/2-1 teaspoon flake or sea salt
Toast and cool the chopped nuts. Set aside. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the oil and chocolate together. If you’re multitasking, use a double-broiler, otherwise stir constantly over low-heat until chocolate is melted. Fold in the vanilla and then the nuts (cherries if using).
Pour chocolate into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly. Sprinkle desired amount of salt over the top. Refrigerate until chocolate is soft but not liquid. Cut desired shape directly in the pan and return to the refrigerator. When completely firm, break pieces apart and serve.
Store in the fridge if you don’t finish them within the hour.