I'm frequently asked for healthy treat recipes. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I figured that today was the perfect time to share an idea for a healthy (and delicious) chocolate fruit and nut bark.
Like many of the food ideas that I share, this is more of a technique than a recipe. Pick and choose the dried fruit and nuts that you want to use. Add more or less chocolate. Once you get the hang of this you'll wonder why you've been eating cheap chocolate bars!
The healthiest options are raw (non-roasted, unsalted) nuts, unsweetened, unsulfured dried fruit, and dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.
Note: Chocolate does best when allowed to cool slowly. Make this the night before you want to eat it!
Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark Ingredients
1.5 cups nuts (e.g. hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, almonds, pistachios)
1.5 cups dried fruit (e.g. raisins, goji berries, mango, apricots)
400g chocolate (NOT semisweet baking chocolate)
Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark Directions
- Chop larger fruit and nuts into bite-size pieces.
- Spread evenly over a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Chop the chocolate.
- In a medium-size pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat.
- Place the chopped chocolate in a large, heatproof (i.e. not plastic) bowl. Place the bowl over the boiling water. Using a spatula, stir the chocolate until it melts.
- Pour the chocolate over the fruit & nut mixture.
- Allow the bark to cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate overnight.
- Cut into pieces and enjoy!
In this photo I'm testing out different fruit and nut combinations. It's a tough job but someone has to do it!
Matches made in heaven: hazelnuts and dried mango, cashews and goji berries, salted peanuts and raisins, almonds and golden raisins, pistachios and apricots.
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