Cinnamon Cherry Chocolate Almond Bark

by Celestia

This spicy sweet chocolate bark can be made in bulk and makes a great gift.

This spicy sweet chocolate bark can be made in bulk and makes a great gift.

It’s almost holiday party time, so it’s best to arm yourself with some chocolate. (Seems like perfectly reasonable logic to me…right?) Need to make dessert in a pinch? Chocolate bark is super simple and fast. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and can cool in the fridge (or outdoors, now that it’s chilly enough) in about 20 minutes. I like this recipe because of it’s spicy, sweet, savory-ness. And the tart cherries add a nice textural and flavor dimension too. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 bar of organic, fair trade, chocolate (preferably 70-80% cacao)
1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried tart cherries, roughly chopped
1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
1 pinch chile powder (New Mexico Chimayo is my favorite!)
1 pinch ground cinnamon powder

Method:

Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Place chocolate peices in the pan and melt slowly, constantly stirring to ensure even melting.

When chocolate is completely melted and smooth, turn off the burner (about 2-3 minutes).

Add the drop or two of cinnamon essential oil and stir until well-blended. Mix in the nuts, cherries, and a teeny pinch of chile powder.

Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet. With flexible rubber spatula spread into an 8×10 rectangle about 1/4 inch-ish thick.

Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon and another teeny sprinkle of chile powder.

Refrigerate (or put outside if the weather is cool enough) and chill until firm (about 20-30 minutes)

*Refrigerate up to 5 days (if it last that long…which it won’t).

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao (Chocolate): Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Chile: Ah, the beloved chile. A sacred plant where I come from (New Mexico), this pungent pepper has a myriad of health benefits. The phytonutrients found in chile can fight inflammation, clear congestion, boost your metabolism and immunity, while balancing your blood sugar. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

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