Tasty Tuesday – Antioxidant Bark

May 31, 2011 by Michelle

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Uh-oh. Bunco is in two hours, and I need something to bring that people will like that’s relatively easy to do. Shockingly, I found a solution. And it was good. Of course, I had to replicate this to prove it wasn’t a fluke, so I chose the fun of Memorial Day as my testing ground. Even more daunting? I was going to be bringing it to French Foodie Mom’s house. Gulp.

I think it passed the test, though.

Plus, it’s super easy. In the heat of yesterday, I literally used the sun to “cook” it. And the ingredients are absolutely flexible based on what you like or what you want. Somehow, there’s still a little bit in my fridge, but not much! Oh, and did I mention you can totally pretend this is healthy for you? Yep.

Antioxidant Bark

8 oz dark chocolate (get the good stuff)
1/3 c raisins
1/3 c dried blueberries
1/3 c dried cherries
1/3 c flax seeds
(or coconut or dried strawberries or real nuts of all sorts or … get creative!)

(Boo to my camera for running out of batteries and then my camera phone mysteriously deleting the majority of the photos I took of this process. Oh well.)

In a double boiler, gently melt your chocolate. That means put a metal bowl on top of a pot with a couple inches of water. Heat the water to a boil and gently melt your chocolate, making sure no steam escapes into your chocolate or it will seize and get nasty. OR if it’s summer, put your chopped chocolate into a bowl and put it on your back porch for 15 minutes. Literally. Mine was completely melted at that point – and yes, I once upon a time had pictures of it.

After removing the chocolate from whatever heat source you’re using, add the dried fruits and flax seeds or whatever other ingredients you want. Stir gently until they’re well combined.

Pour the mixture onto a sil pat or parchment paper – something flexible so you’ll be able to remove it after it’s hardened. Use a spatula to spread it into a thin layer, as a little of this goes a long way.

Place it into the fridge to harden for a half hour or so. Then remove it and break it into pieces. Try not to sneak too many for yourself before you serve them to others. You want to keep this cold, as it melts pretty readily!

Yum. Enjoy this and more with Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Blessed with Grace!

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  • Mary

    I love bunco!!

  • nunti formatii

    In my opinion it looks very nice and i think i will try this recipe. It is not very hard so i hope to do it well, thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Tara R.

    HA! A good for you snack. I love this. I'll be trying this one out for sure.

  • Pat

    My mouth was watering looking at those photos! I saved this one, too. My computer-saved Recipes file is filling up with Michelle-from-Chicago recipes.

    The problem is I don't have wee ones to share it with, so I'll probably eat most of it myself, saving some for Jerry.

  • Michelle

    Mary – I do, too. We have it at my son's school during the school year… and I'm already in withdrawl 😉

    ninti formatii – Yep, totally easy. And there's just one tiny square left (mostly because I took a bunch of it to give as an end of year gift to Mister Man's therapist because I FORGOT it was our last session today!).

    Tara – Yep. A “good for you” snack 😉

    Pat – And hey, you and Tara can both make it with the “put it in a bowl in the sun” method. You're so sweet to save so many of my recipes. I hope you enjoy making them!

  • Vanessa @FrenchFoodieMom

    The bark was so good – nothing short of addictive. And I'm so with you on using the best chocolate possible. Makes all the difference!

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