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Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark

‘Tis the season for homemade cookies and homemade holiday treats. With Christmas just around the corner I’m pretty sure you guys are thinking of last minute holiday gifts for your loved ones. So today, I have a delicious recipe for you -- Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark! It is a holiday season favorite and is loaded good-for-you ingredients like Goji berries, Almonds and Lavender blossoms.


Here’s why I love this recipe:


Dark Chocolates contain phyto-chemicals called flavonoids that act as anti-oxidants which may help in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and also aid weight loss.


Goji berries are also rich in anti-oxidants and help boost immunity


Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E and help nourish your skin and hair.


Lavender flowers have the ability to relax the mind and improve the quality of sleep.


Now, who wouldn’t want that?


The best part about this recipe is how ridiculously easy it is to make! You can add whatever toppings you have on hand. I’ve used some superfoods here so I can enjoy this treat without guilt.


Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips

  • ⅛ tsp instant coffee powder

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds - Lightly toasted

  • ¼ cup goji berries

  • 1 tbsp dried lavender blossoms

  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt


Method:

Melt the chocolate. You can do this 2 ways:


Double Boiler method (My preferred method): Put a bowl over a sauce pan with water and bring it to a boil. Now place the chocolate chips in the bowl so the steam from the pan hits the bowl and melts the chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate becomes

smooth and glossy.


Microwave: Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 secs. Remove, mix and microwave again for 30 seconds. Continue until the chocolate melts fully.


Once the chocolate chips have melted, add in the instant coffee. Give it a good mix.

Transfer the melted chocolate on to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread evenly into a thin layer, about ⅛ “ thick.


Sprinkle on the slivered almonds, goji berries, lavender and coarse sea salt.

Allow the mixture to cool and harden.


Break into large chunks and enjoy.


NOTE:

I’ve used 83% dark chocolate chips in this recipe.

Add any toppings of your choice. Some options include: chia seeds, hemp seeds, cranberries, dried apricots, dried mangoes, candied ginger etc.



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