Healthy Chocolate – Nyoutritious

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Inspo contributor Regina Barker posted a new recipe to her blog that she described as “Healthy Chocolate” (or, in her words – as close to healthy chocolate as she’s ever made). Honestly, she had me at the “chocolate” part but I couldn’t imagine what could be better than adding “a healthy component” to my favorite food group. Regina mentioned that this recipe for Nut Chocolate Bark is also quick, which makes it a perfect go-to when you are craving something sweet. Without further adieu –


 

Raw Fruit + Nut Chocolate Bark Recipe

I tend to stay away from most sugars and even consider healthy sweets made from dates and other natural sweeteners an occasional treat (my raw power balls, raw chocolate brownies & chocolate coconut balls being among my favourites!). Even though natural sweeteners, such as dates, coconut sugar and maple syrup, are better than refined sugars I  feel much better when limiting my overall sugar intake (remember all the natural sweeteners are still sugars and should also be used in moderation!) However, this raw chocolate bark is the perfect substitute for sugar laden sweets and a great way to reap the benefits of the healthy medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil. It is loaded with antioxidants from the raw cacao and sweetened with just a little maple syrup (or sometimes I do a mix of maple syrup and stevia drops). Best of all, it is incredibly quick to prepare and is the closest thing to healthy chocolate I have ever made. And if we’re being totally honest, I almost always have a little stash of this in my freezer for when I feel like something sweet. What I love about it is that a little piece does the trick and is so incredibly satisfying without being totally addictive – probably because it isn’t full of refined sugar like regular chocolate. It is absolutely delicious and requires minimal effort and just a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your cupboard. You can play around with the type of fruit + nuts or leave them out altogether if you prefer. My favourite combination is this one, featuring chopped almonds, dried currants and freeze dried raspberries. I love the tart sweetness in the raspberries (freeze dried strawberries are great too) and they add a beautiful burst of colour too, which makes it look extra inviting. Not that it needs any help as it pretty much sells itself, if you ask me. Ha!

Adapted from my Sea salt chocolate

The Recipe:  

Recipe type: dessert
Author: Nyoutritious
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp cacao
  • 2½ tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • small pinch sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp dried currants
  • 1-2 chopped almonds (or other nuts)
  • sprinkle of freeze dried raspberry (OPTIONAL)

FIND THE REST OF THE RECIPE HERE.

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