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Snacking Chocolate

Having Snacking Chocolate on hand has helped me overcome my chocolate cravings and makes a perfect movie snack.  Filled with dark chocolate, dried fruits, and toasted nuts helps you stay on track with your clean eating goals!

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Thanks to my recent addiction to dark chocolate bark, the spandex in my jeans is screaming a little louder than usual these days.  While discussing the unfortunate state of my waistline with a friend of mine, the terms Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras were overheard by my boys.

They are like little sponges and hear EVERYTHING I say and then repeat it at the most inopportune and inappropriate times.  Too bad they can’t hear “clean your room or take out the trash when I say it!”  Since they didn’t know what Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras were, they asked me over breakfast, and after many weird and embarrassing questions, the conversation soon turned to Lent in my attempt to bring the discussion to a more wholesome subject.

During Lent, many people practice fasting or eliminating a “luxury” as a form of penitence.  Thinking that I need to give my waistbands a little reprieve, and atone for more than a few sins, I decided to give up dark chocolate for 40 days.

It seems like a small sacrifice to some, but let me assure you this will be no easy task for me.  Don’t think me spiritually shallow because I am giving up a snack food, I am also observing other aspects of Lent but since this is a food blog, there is no need to talk about those here and now.

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Since starting the practice of eating Paleo last year, I can’t really tolerate refined sugar or dairy, so dark chocolate is my ONE way to get a sweet treat (other than the fresh fruit of course) that actually seems like a splurge.  Let’s just say that 8 pieces throughout the day, every day, adds up to trouble, hence the waistbands and their vocal protests.  My kids gave up candy and their Xbox as part of their observance.  Mine really does seem small, doesn’t it?!?!

My abstinence from this delicious snack doesn’t have to hinder your love affair with dark chocolate.  With this recipe for snacking chocolate, I will try and get you hooked on that very same chocolate bark so you will feel my emotional struggle.  You will probably have more self-control and willpower than I ever will, so you can enjoy this snacking chocolate safely!

This Snacking Chocolate is also an all-inclusive snack food as it contains sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy and is great for eating during the movies if you are the type that “sneaks” food in to avoid those pricey and gross concessions offerings like me.

Overhead of Snacking Chocolate in a white bowl

Snacking Chocolate

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This dark chocolate snacking chocolate bark has some great add-ins that make it an all-inclusive snack!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (I used 62% cacao, Ghiradelli brand, because that it is what I had on hand)
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped small)
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Make sure all your mix-ins are chopped into small pieces.
  2. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. I like the double boiler because I tend to scorch chocolate in the microwave, especially if it is low on cocoa butter!
  3. When your chocolate is melted all the way, stir in your add-ins.
  4. Toss to make sure they are incorporated evenly.
  5. Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Let cool. I put mine in the refrigerator to speed up the process but you don't have too.
  8. Break into small pieces.
  9. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 866Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1151mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 15gSugar: 80gProtein: 10g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Dawn

Saturday 18th of August 2018

This chocolate looks absolutely scrummy!

Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

Monday 7th of December 2015

What a tasty bark! I love the fruit/nut/coconut combo in this!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Thanks Sarah! I love switching it up with what ever fruit and nuts I have on hand because I do run out of the ones that I really love like almonds!

Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

I love that you put pumpkin seeds in this. I can just imagine how good that would be, with the saltiness of the seeds alongside the sweetness of the chocolate. Yum!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 4th of December 2015

I love pumpkin seeds too! The salty sweet combo is always a favorite of mine too!

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

This is perfect for a between-meals snack! Thanks for sharing!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Friday 4th of December 2015

Thanks Sabrina! I definitely keep some on hand. Now that it is cooling down I can keep them in the car too:)

Kim Beaulieu

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

This looks absolutely amazing. Nothing beats chocolate for snacking on. I love the additions in this one. I'm a sucker for chocolate mixed with coconut.