Ok, I admit it. I adore chocolate.

I know I am not alone in my feelings when it comes to this much coveted delight. The question is, how do we indulge this guilty pleasure without sinning too much? The secret is in the quality and purity of the ingredients we choose that will determine its benefits and pleasure.

…and it *melts*, God forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure. ~From the novel Chocolat

The scientific studies on chocolate are based on the raw component which is cacao, not all the sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. This behemoth of superfoods is rich in magnesium, iron and chromium and has the highest levels of antioxidants of any known food, dwarfing red wine, blueberries and green tea!

marian_chocolate_pic_webI believe I have come up with the perfect recipe which combines all the unbelievable health-giving benefits of this food without sacrificing taste or pleasure. This raw cacao bark is very low carb and is sweetened with stevia powder or agave.

The ingredients are few and the recipe very fast and easy.

Enjoy and indulge your passion for chocolate the healthy way!

 

Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark

This bark can be made with cacao butter or a combination of coconut oil and cacao butter. The cacao butter gives the bark a deeper chocolate taste and a more solid state at room temperature.

1 cup cacao butter or coconut oil
1-2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
2 drops organic orange essential oil
Pinch Himalayan salt
2 Tbs. agave (or “Sweet Leaf” stevia powder to desired sweetness)
4 Tbs. organic raw cacao powder
¾ cup crushed almonds
½ cup dried cherries

  1. Melt cacao butter or coconut oil to liquid state.
  2. Add vanilla extract, orange essential oil, salt and agave into the oil and mix well.
  3. Fold cacao powder into the mixture until well incorporated.
  4. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread crushed almonds and cherries evenly over the surface.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over nuts and cherries to coat evenly.
  6. Place in the freezer until firm and fixed. Break into pieces and store in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator or freezer.