Friday, October 12, 2012

No-Cheat Chocolate Macadamia Bark

Sometimes I have a craving for chocolate but don't want any sugar. A while back when I was doing a sugar detox, my friend Michael introduced me to Sunspire baking bars as a great 100 percent chocolate bar for munching on. Other chocolate bars I've tried were super bitter, but the Sunpire bars are nice and smooth. I am happy to say that I still enjoy these bars post detox...but sometimes I need a little more. I decided to add my favorite craving squelcher, coconut butter, to sweeten it up a bit. I have a teaspoon of Nutiva Coconut Manna each morning before my early WODs and I love it. In fact, I was surprised it was allowed during a detox or Whole 30 because it tastes perfectly sweet to me. Then I added macadamia nuts and sea salt for good measure. What I ended up with is a yummy treat with no guilt. I could have eaten the whole pan, but I restrained myself to a couple of good-sized chunks. I have also made this recipe with a little bit of unsweetened coconut and some dried unsweetened cherries--delicious. You could definitely substitute your favorite kind of nuts. This has become my new go-to dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Store the leftovers, if there are any, in the refrigerator.

Ingredients
1 4-ounce Sunspire 100 percent chocolate baking bar
1/2 cup coconut butter (I use Nutiva Coconut Manna.)
1 cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt

optional mix-ins: 1/4 cup chopped unsweetened dried cherries, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Preparation
  1. Combine chocolate and coconut butter in a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of boiling water.
  2. Heat until melted and thoroughly combined.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in macadamia nuts.
  4. Line the bottom and sides of a pan with waxed paper. Pour chocolate mixture into the pan.
  5. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Place in freezer for 45 minutes or until hardened.
  7. Break up the chocolate and enjoy this no-cheat treat!
  8. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

5 comments:

  1. Pam, I made this last night. LOVE the recipe! I made my own coconut butter first so it took me a little longer. Loved the Sunspire bar! I've been doing strict Paleo on the Lurong challenge for a month now, so the slight bitterness of the chocolate didn't bother me. Instead I tasted the true richness of the chocolate and the silky butter! Not a sweet treat in my opinion, but a very rich and indulgent one! Thank you for posting!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked the Sunspire bars. I think rich and indulgent may be a better description for this treat. I'm so happy you liked the recipe...it's become addictive for me! I appreciate your comments. Good luck with the rest of your Lurong challenge.

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  2. I made something similar (non paleo) last year with pistachios and sea salt. It was amazing and I'm sure the coconut butter/Sunspire bars would be just as good. It was also very pretty /festive with the green from the nuts.

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