Dark Chocolate Almond Bark
The health benefits of dark chocolate come from its content of cocoa phenols, which are natural compounds known for their antioxidant properties. As a general rule of thumb, WebMD recommends chocolate high in nonfat cocoa solids, which are higher in antioxidants. The highest amounts are found in natural cocoa powder, followed by unsweetened baking chocolate. Milk chocolate has the least amount of antioxidants.
A Delicious Once and A While Treat
I have always really liked chocolate covered almonds and wanted to find a healthy way to make them. I found a great looking recipe at primalpalate.com website. However, as often happens, mine didn’t turn out quite right. Instead of chocolate covered almonds, I created almond bark. We took a container of it on our trip and many of the family loved it. I was wishing I had made more.
- 7 ounces of Dark Chocolate
- 4 TBLS Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/4 to 1/2 C Coconut Oil Melted
- 10 TBL Natural Cocoa Powder
- 1 LB raw almonds (16 oz)
How To Make
- Use a large baking sheet to roast the almonds at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. I roasted mine a little longer by mistake, but loved the results. Let these cool.
- Melt the dark chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup in a double boiler.
- Stir in the cocoa powder mixing well.
- Stir in the almonds.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Break into pieces to eat.
*You will need to judge your consistency for how much coconut oil to
add. You want it to be easy to mix and stir in the almonds.