Refined Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
I recommend cutting out sugar to a lot of my clients as it contributes to candida overgrowth and other digestive issues, inflammation, blood sugar imbalances, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues in children. With all of the healthy natural whole food and sweetener options we have available to us (such as raw honey, maple syrup, and dried fruit), there really is no need to have sugar in the diet at all. And there definitely is no reason to miss out on all of the health benefits of chocolate, one of my favourite foods, with this super simple recipe.
Raw cocoa is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that are beneficial for the cardiovascular system, mood, and cognition. For this recipe I used hazelnuts because I love hazelnuts paired with chocolate but you can use whatever seasonings or additions you’d like, the options are endless! Some of my other favourites are dried banana chips, cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a spicy chocolate, or peppermint extract.
Chocolate Hazelnut Bark Recipe
- 1 cup raw cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup raw cocoa paste
- 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
Combine the cocoa butter, cocoa paste, coconut oil, and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Once all of the ingredients are melted down and well combined turn off heat and let cool slightly for 5 minutes. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and pour chocolate mixture into pan. Sprinkle hazelnuts and sea salt over the top and set in the freezer to harden for 1 hour. Once the chocolate has hardened you can remove it and break or slice it into smaller pieces. I store it in the fridge as it tends to get a bit melty in warmer temperatures.
Hope you Enjoy!
Lindsey Luckey is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Sundays. Click here to book an appointment with Lindsey.