Food / 10.02.2017

Dark chocolate bark with almonds & pistachios

By Carly Tierney
This Valentine's treat comes with a side of health benefits

valentine's chocolate bark

Makes one large chocolate bark heart, or several smaller ones

200g dark chocolate (70% or higher)
20g chopped pistachios
20g flaked almonds
10g chopped candied orange peel
Oil to grease your heart shaped cookie cutter

Method

1 Start by lining a baking sheet with greaseproof baking paper, and melt your chocolate slowly in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
2 Using a heart shaped cookie cutter lightly oil the inner edge to ensure your chocolate doesn’t stick.
3 Place your cutter over the baking paper, and pour your melted chocolate into the cookie cutter.
4 Sprinkle your pistachios, almonds and orange peel onto the chocolate, and leave in the fridge to cool.
5 Once cooked simply remove the cutter, and you’re finished.

DW Fitness says:

‘This recipe couldn’t be easier, and it’s a fantastic alternative to commercial chocolates which are full of sugar. By raising the cocoa levels, we keep the sugar levels down but increase the nutritional benefit. While not something you should be consuming daily, dark chocolate has been proven to be a rich source of antioxidants. It’s also known to be an aphrodisiac, so sharing this treat with your partner could even amp up your love life.

Both pistachios and almonds are known for their nutritional benefits, and are a great source of vitamins, minerals and protein. While candied orange peel isn’t quite so health conscious, a little really goes a long way, ensuring your bark is full of flavour.’

This recipe was provided by DW Fitness Clubs.

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