Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruits and Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruits and Almonds

Monk Fruit In The Raw | Prep Time: 40 | Cook Time: 90 | 1 ounce, makes about 12 ounces

Ingredients

1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup Hunza or golden raisins
1/4 cup Thompson raisins
1 Monk Fruit In The Raw® -sweetened dark chocolate, preferably tempered (see attached)

Preparation

Tempering Chocolate:
See recipe for tempering chocolate

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. In a bowl, combine the almonds, cranberries, and raisins.

Using a metal or a flexible spatula, spread the Monk Fruit In The Raw™ -sweetened tempered chocolate in a roughly 8-inch x 12-inch x 1/4-inch layer on the prepared baking sheet, smoothing to even it. Sprinkle the dried fruits and nuts evenly over the chocolate. Set the Bark aside until the chocolate sets firmly, 2-3 hours.

Gently lift the bark off the baking sheet, using your fingers to break it into pieces of varying size. Place the pieces of Bark in an airtight container, or a decorative gift box, using wax paper to separate layers.

Chocolate bark can be made with melted chocolate that is not tempered. To harden, chill the bark until the chocolate is firm, and serve it directly from the refrigerator. The chocolate may look cloudy or streaky and will melt quickly in your fingers, but the bark will taste as good as when made using tempered chocolate.

Per serving/1 ounce:
211 calories, 11 g fat 6 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium


Alternate toppings are:

Tropical Bark:
3 tablespoons cacao nibs, 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded dried coconut, 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots, and 1/3 cup chopped dried mango.

Per serving/1 ounce:
223 calories, 13 g fat 8 g saturated fat, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium

Zen Bark:
1/4 cup dried white mulberries, 1/4 cup Hunza raisins, 3 tablespoons dried goji berries, 1/4 cup raw cashews, and 3 tablespoons shelled pistachios

Per serving/1 ounce:
226 calories, 12 g fat 6 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium

Fig and Nut Bark:
4 Turkish figs, cut vertically into thin slices, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Per serving/1 ounce:
214 calories, 12 g fat 6 g saturated fat, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 11 mg sodium

To make candy bars, pour the tempered chocolate into plastic molds, then press dried fruits and nuts into the exposed surface of what would normally become the bottom of the bar when it is unmolded.

Nutrition Information

211 calories, 11 g fat 6 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium

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