Dark Chocolate, Cashew & Raspberry Bark

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Treat yourself to our mouthwatering (and sinfully decadent) Dark Chocolate, Cashew & Raspberry Bark. Filled with wholesome, all-natural ingredients and loaded with health benefits, this is one snack that you can feel good about eating! The freeze-dried raspberries add a natural sweetness while still being low in sugar, while the sorghum syrup incorporates an earthy flavor to complement the bold and vibrant flavors of dark chocolate. It also enhances the sweetness while providing nutrients like iron, calcium, and potassium.

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OK, so let’s get to the good stuff. We all know why you’re here, and it’s because of the chocolate, right?! Well, it’s a good thing that we are impossibly attracted to this naturally sweet ingredient, because it has so many health benefits! Research shows that flavanols, an antioxidant present in chocolate, may potentially improve vascular health (i.e. lowering blood pressure, and improving blood flow to the brain and heart) which helps make blood platelets less likely to clot (1,2). Antioxidants can also lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells. Scientifically speaking, researchers have found that oxidative stress may cause susceptibility for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system (3), and consuming foods such as chocolate may help reduce the risks for these types of diseases. So, what’s not to love about this treat? We promise you that you’ll fall head over heels in love with this perfect blend of sweet and salty–it’s one of our favorite recipes to serve to family and friends.

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Dark Chocolate, Cashew & Raspberry Bark
 
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Serves: 11 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces 70% dark chocolate, broken in pieces
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sorghum or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup cashews, roasted
  • ½ cup freeze-dried raspberries
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
Equipment:
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Double boiler
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a double boiler, add chocolate, coconut oil, and sorghum syrup, and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the parchment paper and spread to form a rectangle.
  4. Sprinkle the cashews, raspberries and sea salt over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until firm (approximately 20-30 minutes).
  5. When cooled, remove the bark and break into 11 even pieces and serve.
Notes
*Place bark in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
*Disclosure: Triad to Wellness is a nutrition consultant for the Sorghum Checkoff. However, we were not compensated for this post; all opinions are our own.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/11 serving Calories: 150 calories, Fat: 12 grams, Saturated fat: 5 grams, Carbohydrates: 11 grams, Sugar: 6 grams, Sodium: 55 milligrams, Fiber: 2.5 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

(1) Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate. Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/prevention/nutrition/food-choices/benefits-of-chocolate

(2) Effect of Dark Chocolate on Arterial Function in Healthy Individuals. American Journal of Hypertension. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0895706105000099

(3) (1) Ambrosone CB, Tang L. Cruciferous vegetable intake and cancer prevention: role of nutrigenetics. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2009 Apr;2(4):298-300. 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16762953

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