Fruit & Nut Bark

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We can all agree that sometimes, things don’t turn out how you expected; and on a few of those occasions, it is a surprisingly better outcome. This recipe is one of those rare occasions. I was in Trader Joe’s last week grabbing some lunch and as usual I walked in STARVING. I have been loving their pre-made salads lately because they are quick, mostly paleo and you cannot beat the $3.99 price. However, the salad wasn’t quick enough for my stomach that was screaming at me for food. I went down the aisle with all of the “healthy meal replacement bars” (seriously a granola bar will never be a meal replacement for this girl). Every single bar had some kind of grain in it…really?! How hard is it to make a paleo grab and go bar (harder than I thought)? I settled for a KIND dark chocolate cherry cashew bar, thinking it had all that other good stuff in it that outweighed the crisp rice and peanut ingredients. I also had another motive behind buying the KIND bar, to recreate it with only paleo ingredients; so it was really for research that I had to try the original bar, right? So in the kitchen I went and if you can’t guess by the picture, they didn’t turn into bars so much as they did chocolate bark. I figured no one would really complain about this mistake and would appreciate the treat nonetheless. I will go back to the kitchen again with this recipe and try and recreate the KIND bar, but for now, enjoy these because they are delicious!

Recipe

Makes 1 cookie tray of bark (serves 8+)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 c chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)

1/4 c coconut concentrate, melted

2 c mix of almonds, cashews and walnuts

1/4 c dried cherries

1/4 c dried cranberries

1/8 c honey

Before starting, place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside.

Take a saucepan over low-medium heat and add nuts, fruit and honey. Mix in the pan until the honey has melted and the fruit and nuts are sticking together.

 

In another small saucepan place the chocolate chips and coconut concentrate on low heat. Stir mixture constantly to prevent it from burning. Continue stirring until everything is completely melted.

Once the chocolate mixture is melted, take the saucepan and pour the chocolate on top of the parchment paper, spread around the whole cookie tray to even out the base layer. Immediately take the fruit and nut mixture and spread it as evenly as possible/desired on top of the chocolate. Place the cookie tray in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes. Once the bark has had time to harden in the freezer you can remove and either cut the bark with a knife or use your hands to break into pieces. Done! Store in the freezer if you don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting.

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