Chocolate “Bar”ks…..Your 3 o’clock snack!!

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I don’t know about you but I love chocolate, especially if I long for it at 3 in the afternoon! So upon stumbling some raw food websites, I wanted to share this amazing, easy, recipe called “Raw Chocolate Bark” from “rawified.blogspot.ca” !

What is a “Chocolate Bark”?
Chocolate bark is an unusual name for a chocolate bar. It sounds like a name of a treat I would feed my dog! But it’s not (and just to point out I do not feed any chocolate to my dog). Back to what is a chocolate bark, it’s a layer of chocolate covered in any type of nuts, dried fruits, candies, other pieces of chocolate and flavoring. All these additives are just thrown together and it is broken into shards of pieces resembling “tree barks”.

So if you love chocolate, here’s a healthier version of it! This is a simple recipe that anyone can make. The measurements below are not set in stone so you can tweak it according to your taste buds. All you need are nuts, dried fruits, flavoring and your palette.

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Recipe: Raw Chocolate Barks

Tools: 3 ceramic bowls, whisk, plastic food wrap, 8X8 square pan

Ingredients: (I used almonds, dried cranberries, peppermint extract and honey)
ingredients_chocolate_bark-1/2 cup coconut oil or raw cacao butter
-1/2 raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of any chopped nuts or seeds of your choice (examples: almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
A handful of any dried fruit  (examples: dried cranberries, raisins, goji berries, dates, dried prunes, figs, pineapple, mango, blueberries or shredded coconuts)
-1 Tbsp of flavoring (examples: vanilla, peppermint flavor extract, cayenne, grated ginger, orange zest, coffee bean, cinnamon, mint)
– 4 Tbsp of Honey or any sweetener of your choice (examples: agave, maple syrup)
-1 Litre of hot water

 

Directions:
(You basically want to melt the oil. You can put it in the microwave, but I did it the old fashion way so I won’t destroy the enzymes, see below.)

-Pour the hot water enough to fill the bowl half way.
-Then add the pieces of raw cacao butter or coconut oil ( I added a bit of both) in another bowl and place this bowl over the bowl with the hot water. This will melt the oil without killing the enzymes.

-You can place another bowl over the mixture so the heat will not escape and it will melt the oil faster. If the water is cooling keep on refilling it with hot water until the oil is all melted.

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-Once everything is melted add the raw cacao powder, honey, flavoring and mix.
-Prepare your square pan by lining it in plastic wrap.
-Pour the mixture into the square pan. Now add in the nuts and dried fruits.
-Place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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Once removed from the freezer, cut it up into pieces and enjoy! It’s best to store these in the freezer. If you use coconut oil, you can store it in the fridge.

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This best part about eating raw is that you cannot over indulge, a little goes along way. You can just eat a small piece of chocolate bark and your satisfied! So go ahead, spoil yourself Raw’tn!!

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References:

http://rawified.blogspot.ca/2012/04/raw-chocolate-bark.html

http://bakingbites.com/2009/12/what-is-chocolate-bark/

 

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