Saturday, December 1, 2012

REDOChocolate Almond Bark [Paleo]


Happy December! December needs to be a month of ALL DESSERT recipes, right? Well, by the looks of things... it just might be!


If you've been following the blog lately, you know that I am not a fan of white refined sugar. Why? Well, for starters there is over 700 calories in 1 cup of white sugar. OUCH. Secondly, well there's nothing to it besides...sugar? What does all that sugar do to your body? If consumed in moderation-not a cup a day! It's not as harmful as we are trained to believe...but it's not beneficial either! Here's my thought: if I'm going to eat something...I at least want it to count for something? Right? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE sweets. But there are so many alternatives to fix that sweet craving.


'Tis the season for candies right? So naturally, the first recipe of this Christmas Season is Paleo Chocolate Almond Bark! mmm. 

Recipe
4 tbs. virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tbs. honey (SF simple syrup)
1/4 c. dutch cocoa powder
1/4 c. roasted almonds, chopped

~12 Servings

Mix ingredients together(not almonds) and pour into a chilled* pan lined with parchment, sprinkle the top with chopped almonds and chill(in freezer) until set  ~ 30 minutes! Break up into 1 1/2 in. slices and ~ENJOY!


Word to the wise: keep in freezer until you're ready to indulge! I just leave them in there and reach for them when I'm craving something sweet. So basically, they're gone within a day... such is life.
*This batch was made NOT using the simple syrup, which is the reason for the lack of smooth texture. I had used regular stevia without adding in water, so it hadn't dissolved properly. If you use honey, or the simple syrup you're chocolate will come out smooth as normal chocolate! One of these days I'll post a new photo, when I've done it correctly! This is a prime example of "do as I say, not as I do". 

Nutritional Facts (SF Simple Syrup): 45 cal/ serving,  .5g Net Carbohydrates, 4.9g Fat, 0 g Sugar
Nutritional Facts found by Calorie Counter
Nutritional Facts (honey): 55 cal/ serving,  2.4g Net Carbohydrates, 4.9g Fat, 2.7g Sugar
Nutritional Facts found by Calorie Counter


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