Make sure to fit these healthy dark chocolate treats into your 12 Days of Christmas routine! The holiday season is here so try and stay healthy!
Make sure to fit these healthy dark chocolate treats into your 12 Days of Christmas routine! The holiday season is notorious for unhealthy and sweet snacks, but this is one Christmas dessert that is actually healthy for you!
From the name chocolate bark does not sound to appetizing. Chocolate bark is a sheet of chocolate that is usually covered with nuts, dried fruits, candies or even additional pieces of chocolate. Possibilities are endless so feel free to deviate from our recipe and what you love!
Dark chocolate is a very nutritious, especially compared to the other members of the chocolate family. Dark chocolate is a power house of antioxidants and fiber, it also great for your heart and can lower or improve your blood pressure.
Nutritionist and author Frances Largeman-Roth explains how to make her special chocolate bark using semisweet chocolate, pistachios, dried cherries, toasted coconut chips and coarse sea salt. Be sure you enjoy these tasty snacks and make sure to send over your homemade holiday creations!
- 9 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate
- ¼ cup whole, shelled unsalted pistachios, chopped
- ½ cup dried cherries (or cranberries)
- 3 tablespoons toasted coconut chips
- ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
InstructionsPlace water in the bottom of a double boiler and bring to a boil. (If you don‚Äôt have a double boiler, place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl isn‚Äôt touching the water.) Meanwhile, chop the chocolate into large chunks. Set aside 1 tablespoon each of the pistachios, cranberries, and coconut. Place a Silpat mat or sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Melt the chocolate in the top of the double boiler, stirring occasionally. Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, turn off the heat and stir in the nuts, cherries and coconut. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading out the mixture with a spatula to approximately an 8-by-10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the reserved nuts, cranberries and coconut evenly on top. Sprinkle the salt over the chocolate. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and freeze for 1 hour, until completely firm. Using clean hands, break the chocolate into chunks and enjoy, or transfer to a sealed container. Store in the freezer for best results. Serves 12
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.