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Dark Chocolate Bark with Smoked Almonds

Dark Chocolate Bark with Smoked Almonds


This was another DIY Christmas present project that couldn’t have been easier.

You will need:

a 9×13 baking pan

parchment paper

1/2 pound dark chocolate (I used 70% cacao)

1/4-1/2 cup smoked almonds, chopped

Cover bottom and edges of pan with parchment paper. Place chocolate on parchment coated pan and place in a warm oven until melty enough to spread. I left the door open and checked on it every 30 seconds or so. When chocolate is melted, spread over the bottom of the pan with a spatula and sprinkle with chopped smoked almonds. Press down any big pieces so they stick. Place pan in refrigerator or freezer until firm and then break into chunks.



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I Heart Trader Joe’s

I love Trader Joe’s. I love it when Trader Joe’s has new treats. Here is the latest goodness:

T.J.’s has KALE CHIPS?? Excitement. I hesitated when I saw them thinking they might have some questionable ingredients but I was pleasantly surprised: kale cashews, sunflower seeds, carrot powder, red bell pepper powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, salt, garlic powder, chipotle powder.

I spent all last Fall searching for an herbal pumpkin spice tea and eventually had to order online. Thankfully that is no longer the case and I’m so excited to begin my Autumn pumpkin feasting this way!

This doesn’t seem at all seasonal but I couldn’t pass up a new dark chocolate bar: 70% dark chocolate with coconut and caramel. I absolutely love the other flavors from this series of filled chocolates so my expectations are up for this one as well!


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A Random Assortment of Things on a Thursday

Things I’ve discovered or have been enjoying lately…

Trader Joe’s new salt and pepper chocolate! I’ts not super dark but definitely one of the more unique and tasty things I’ve had in a while.

Cookbooks from the library! This week I’ve been flipping through Carol Alt’s Crazy, Sexy, Raw and enjoyed a Middle Eastern Style Cauliflower Rice Salad with Pine Nuts and Currants. About twenty other recipes are still bookmarked 😉

New blogs to read! Check out those before and after pics and Daniela’s story at Daniela’s Kitchen.

Do you have anything new or interesting to share this week?

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Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Truffles

Last night we took our dinner to a gorgeous park overlooking downtown Seattle. The soft sunshine was dreamy as were these truffles…we made sure to eat one before dinner just to make sure they were dessert-worthy 😉


1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
2 oz dark chocolate

Place ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Stir together until chocolate is melted and thoroughly mixed with the sweet potato. Scoop into small round balls and refrigerate until firm.


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Simple Dark Chocolate Coconut Fudge


1 3 oz dark chocolate bar
3 Tbsp coconut flour
pinch of sea salt
1 dropper NuNaturals vanilla stevia

Melt dark chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat, add coconut flour, salt and stevia and stir until fudgy. Spread into a small dish and refrigerate.


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Orange Cream Smoothie (Sugar-Free and Vegan)

I sometimes try and find creative ways to have dessert without resorting to dark chocolate. In this case I loved the result…but still added chunks of dark chocolate bar after a few sips 😉


1 baked sweet potato
meat and water of one young coconut
1 dropper NuNaturals stevia
1/4 tsp orange extract
ice (optional)
dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)

Blend all ingredients adding chocolate chips when smooth.


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My Top 5 Favorite Dark Chocolate Bars

My love for dark chocolate is no secret. It is very low in sugar and combine neutrally (you can eat them after just about anything!) for food combining purposes. I have an “emergency bar” in my work bag, in my glove compartment, and my cupboard is always stocked. I had to stop carrying my emergency chocolate in my purse, I got tired of chocolate-coated cell phone…I’m excited to share my favorites here, I’d love to hear if you have a favorite I haven’t discovered yet!

I have a hard time not eating an entire bar of Endangered Species Mint Chocolate whenever I open it. Luckily Britney doesn’t like mint and cocoa so I don’t have to share 😉

Lily’s Sweets makes a wonderful stevia-sweetened chocolate bar that is perfect for milk chocolate lovers. The cacao content is only 55% so it’s much sweeter than the usual dark chocolate bar but with no sugar.

For the price, Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolates are hard to beat. I’m always surprised how tasty they are for how little I pay for them!

My dear friend Lola introduced me to this fabulous raw chocolate company, Raw Shakti. Their chocolates are made from coconut sugar and WHOLE coconut (as opposed to coconut oil) and my hands down favorite is the Single Origin Ecuador- a yummy 85% dark.

Theo Chocolates are local to us here in Seattle and are all mouth watering. I especially like this limited edition version with sea salt.

Bonus Chocolates!!

I fell in love with the Belgian Biscuit, it’s only 65% cacao and has flaxseeds added but it’s so tasty I have to have one once in a while.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lovers Bar is Britney’s most recent favorite. It’s incredibly smooth, creamy, and dark, dark, dark.

Please feel free to share your favorite chocolate finds!


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