Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bark

 

This is a guest blog post submitted by Carpe Diem Nutrition Dietetic Intern, Emily Bumgarner. Are you ever in search of a small bite of something to curb your sweet tooth? This is the perfect solution! Chocolate, fruit, nuts, and a pinch of sea salt combine sweet and salty to make the perfect snack anytime of day. Dark chocolate can be a great dessert or snack since it provides health benefits from the minerals it contains. It can help improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart health, just to name a few. Although dark chocolate is beneficial it is still a sweet with lots of sugar, so it should be consumed in moderation. I love this trail mix bark recipe because it is easy to make and keep in the refrigerator for those times when I want a sweet treat. It is a versatile recipe because you can add and subtract ingredients according to your own taste.

Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bark
 
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Serves: 24 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave or on stove in double-boiler.
  3. Mix melted chocolate, cranberries, almonds, and coconut.
  4. Spread mixture flat on baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  7. Break into bite size pieces.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 89 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 2.5 g Unsaturated fat: 2.2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 8.2 g Sodium: 13 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Protein: 1.1 g Cholesterol: 0.8 mg