Friday, June 24, 2016

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark

For that occasional time you want a sweet treat, this raw chocolate raspberry bark is very easy to put together. And quilt-free to eat.

I buy organic cacao nibs and grind them to make the cacao powder using a coffee grinder I dedicate to making nut and seed flours. Coffee beans leave too much oil and residue behind. So it's best to have another grinder you use for grinding anything but coffee.

A square glass pyrex pan works great to freeze the chocolate mixture into a bark. Rubbing the bottom and sides with coconut oil before pouring the mixture will make removing the frozen cut squares easier.

Enjoy this delicious dessert anytime and get the heart healthy benefits of antioxidants, magnesium and healthy saturated fats.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark

yield 24 pieces

category Dessert
cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian

1/2 C raw cacao powder
1/4 C maple syrup
1/2 C coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 C almond butter
1/2 C raspberries
3 Tbsp chopped rolled oats, or steel-cut oats
Optional: add ingredients you have on hand like shredded coconut, nuts, chia seeds

1. In a mixing bowl, add cacao, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla and almond butter. Whisk ingredients until combined well.
2. Carefully mix in raspberries and chopped oats and any optional ingredients.
3. Pour chocolate mixture into a square pan greased with coconut oil.
4. Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until set.
5. Remove from freezer and cut into pieces to enjoy.

Give this one a try. Bring it to your next gathering and wow your friends and family. They'll think you fell off your health-nut wagon. Don't tell them it's healthy, they may not try it. I guarantee they will love it!


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