It’s Christmas and New Year’s time, practically, the season of delicious food! Now most people worry about gaining weight because of the irresistible yummylicious sweets offered all over this season! So I decided to hunt down something edible and delicious for this season. Looking around in A box of kitchen blog, I found this delicious recipe of marbled chocolate bark with mixed nuts!
It’s incredibly easy to make, quick and the best part of it, nutritious!
The ingredients you’ll need for a 24 x 18 cm baking pan are:
· Dark chocolate, 50 g
· White chocolate, 90 g
· Unfried, unsalted, unsweetened nuts (almonds, cashew, macademia, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.), 80 g
· You can also try adding mixture of dried fruits, crackers, biscuits, etc.
Dark chocolate - 70 % cocoa - is rich in antioxidants, has a positive effect on one’s circulatory system, has iron, magnesium, manganese, a bit of vitamin K, zinc and riboflavin! Whereas white chocolate contains calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin and vitamin K. Keep in mind that both types of chocolate contain saturated fats so moderation is a MUST!
As for the mixed nuts, go for the unsalted, unsweetened version of them. They are rich in “good” fats: mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, lots of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese and some riboflavin, calcium, copper and phosphorus!
· Place the mixed nuts in the processor and blend till the consistency you desire. I prefer the nuts to stay crunchy to the taste so keep them coarse – not very finely chopped, yet not too coarse.
· Now break the chocolate bars into small pieces and place them in SEPARATE microwaveable bowls. Don’t cover them with any plastic wrap to avoid water coming from the steam. Heat them for 1 minute.
· After 1 minutes heating, take out the bowl and stir the softened chocolate with a spoon and check if it needs more heating.
· Line a baking pan with parchment paper, no need to butter it according to Arudhi
· Place dollops of dark chocolate randomly on the pan. Then, place dollops of white chocolate on remaining spaces.
· Now, get your rubber spatula and swirl the white melted chocolate within the black. Watch out to over mix the chocolate to keep a marbled color. The more you mix, the less marbly they get.
· So it’s time to sparkle the nuts on your chocolate. Gently push down the loose nuts so they stick well onto the chocolate.
· Place in the fridge for around and hour and a half to allow the mixture to stick altogether.
· After it sets, slowly dislodge the bark from the paper.
· Break the nutty-marbled-chocolate into chunks and serve!
So instead of gulping holiday sweets full of saturated fats and refined sugars, go for these healthier snacks!
This delicious recipe and mouth-watering photos are all courtesy of A box of kitchen.