These amazing Chocolate Fruit Clusters were used as a prop to practice the art of Mindful Eating during a recent Wellness Workshop I have been involved in. The importance of taking a moment to be present during your eating experience has numerous health benefits, some of which relate to problematic relationships with food.
The idea is to reconnect with our natural eating cues such as HUNGER & SATIETY (or fullness). Once mastering the art of our cues, a cascade of wellness will take hold of you. I speak from experience, this mindful approach has really been a revolutionary transition to enjoying my meal times.
I now celebrate with great creativity and excitement about all foods, especially the sweet ones, sharing only the best variations that are both influentially positive and balanced for your MIND & BODY. It is a truly wonderful place to be…so here is my take on practicing mindful eating with a cluster boosting your sensory experience of bitter, sweet, sour and salty.
Test it out by using the ‘How-To’ whilst eating one of the clusters → Mindful Eating Practice ←
The Mindful Chocolate Fruit Cluster
Prep: 10 mins | Refrigerate: 1hr | Makes: 18
- 80g Green & Blacks Organic 85% Dark Chocolate
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 segmented grapefruit, pith removed
- 6 strawberries, diced
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds
- Sprinkle of sea salt & coconut sugar
Slice your grapefruit and strawberries into small odd shapes and size then create mixed fruit level mounds (a bit smaller then an egg ring) onto a lined tray of baking paper.
Melting the chocolate. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in a saucepan, place a heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add in the coconut oil and broken up chocolate, stirring until little soften chunks remain.
Add in the orange juice then remove from the heat and begin to scoop about 1 tablespoon of chocolate over the fruit cluster moulds while you have the melted consistency. I started in the centre of the moulds and pushed the chocolate around delicately with the back of the spoon to ensure it set over each piece of fruit.
Sprinkle over some chopped almonds, sea salt and coconut sugar before placing in the fridge to set for an hour or more – you may like to just add the almonds, either way they taste great with or without the sprinkling of salt and sugar.