Make your own chocolate Bark!
Healthy, gluten free, dairy free, organic and easy to make!
Directions: Melt chocolate in a double boiler so it doesn’t burn. Chop your healthy toppings of your choice!
12 oz of organic, high quality 70% dark chocolate, bittersweet. (Optional: if your family is used to a sweeter chocolate, you can start by using half bittersweet and half semi-sweet. As you continue to eat healthier the sweet tooth will lessen and you can use all bittersweet.)
1 1/2 -2 cups of chopped organic raw nuts – consider almonds, walnuts, cashews or macadamia nuts.
1/4 -1/2 cup organic shaved coconut, dried or fresh fruit. We’ve used dried cherries and fresh raspberries with good results.
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of salt and cinnamon (optional). You can also try orange zest.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat so it doesn’t burn. While it’s melting chop the nuts and other toppings. You could lightly toast the nuts and coconut in a sauce pan over medium heat while the chocolate is melting. Just don’t let them burn. They’re ready when you begin to smell the lovely aroma of toasted nuts.
Pour the melted chocolate into a glass dish (approximately 8″ X 11″) lined with parchment paper. The larger the glass dish, the thinner the bark and vice versa. Play with it a little to get it the way you prefer.
Sprinkle the toppings on top of the melted chocolate and gently push them down a little with your fingers so they’re not just sitting on top. Add salt, cinnamon, etc.
Feel free to experiment and make it your own. If you come up with a great combination let me know!
Enjoy and Buon Appetito!
Dr Vikki Petersen