Do you ever just crave chocolate? For me, it has always been after a long grocery shopping trip. The chocolate candy bars always seem to call my name as I wait to check out. Usually, what saves me from falling into the trap of “instant chocolate gratification” is reading the ingredient label. High frutocse corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavors, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, etc. Plus the 24 grams of sugar per candy bar and 250 calories is always a strong deterrent.
Also, the fact that I try really hard to stick to my dairy-free diet puts a big kabush on savoring the milk chocolate. Thankfully, I discovered that I not only can satisfy my chocolate cravings but I can add some healthy benefits too. Yes, you heard that right. I am a firm believer that although some food is meant for pleasure – nothing we eat should be void of nutrients. I am constantly thinking of ways that I can revamp classic foods in order to make them more nutritious for my family.
Doesn’t this look delish? So, what makes this chocolate bark so great? The ingredients of course. 🙂
Benefits of Ingredients: Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are the perfect example for the saying, “Great things come in small packages.” These tiny seeds are considered one of the most powerful foods on the planet. The nutrition they hold is unbelievable. Chia seeds are a perfect source for getting added protein, dietary fiber, omega 3’s, Vitamin A, B, D and E. And the health benefits don’t end there. Chia seeds also contain the minerals: calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, and phosphorous. If you are curious about the great health benefits of adding these tiny power packed seeds in your diet you can read the article, 9 Chia Seed Benefits + Side Effects here.
Coconut – Every time I grocery shop I see a new food item with coconut in it. The store shelves are literally exploding with coconut craziness. The more I learn about coconut the more I realize that this “fad” food won’t be going out of style any time soon. The fat content of coconut is unlike it’s competitors. Coconut is composed of medium chain fatty acids. Why is this so great? For coconut to be turned into fuel it only has to do a 3 step process. Other oils have to go through a 26 step process before your body can use it as energy. This is one of the great reasons why coconut oil is a great way to keep unwanted fat away and is recommended for fat loss. Just a few of coconuts other benefits are – they help reduce inflammation, improve teeth and gum enamel and improve energy levels!
Cashews – Raw or salted this fun food is never out of our pantry for very long. So, what’s so great about cashews? For starters, cashews have ZERO cholesterol. It’s a great source of healthy fat and contains the minerals: copper, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin K. The other amazing fact about cashews is that it contains, proanthocyanidins. Inside proanthocyanidins are flavanols which have been known to inhibit the ability of cancer cells to divide and multiply. Doesn’t that just want to make you eat more cashews?
Here’s how to make your 4 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate bark.
4 Ingredient Chocolate Bark Recipe
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1 hour, 5 minutes
Say good-bye to store brought candy bars and instead enjoy this nutritious candy bark instead. (Dairy-free, Vegan & Gluten-free)
Yield: 8-10 (Depending on big you make your chunks)