I love good, dark chocolate. This wasn’t always the case! It has been an acquired taste for me, but I’m glad that I’ve come around. Lately I’ve started experimenting with making my own chocolate bark with healthy mix-ins. We all know that dark chocolate is good for us. It’s the best excuse for eating it, am I right? Did you know that a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains 11 grams of fiber, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, and plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium? (source) You’re doing well just eating it plain, aren’t you? But add in a couple of delicious fruits and nuts and you’re upping the ante!
I chose dried dark cherries and pistachios mainly because I thought that they’d taste amazing together, and I was right! They just so happen to have their own health benefits too!
Dried Dark Cherries
Dried dark cherries are a great source of copper! Our bodies need copper to help them produce collagen, which helps keep our tissues strong and protects us from free radicals. They also contain vitamin C!
These tasty nuts are full of potassium and vitamin K. They help control body weight and lower risk for heart related problems. A 1 ounce serving also provides you with 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6, 15 percent of the daily value for thiamine and phosphorus and 10 percent of the daily value for magnesium. (source)
All that I did was melt a bar or so (I may have eaten a piece or two along the way) of dark chocolate in a double broiler. While it was melting I chopped the dried cherries and shelled pistachios. When the chocolate had melted I removed it from the heat and mixed in the cherries and nuts. I then poured the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkled it with more of the chopped cherries and nuts, and left it to cool and harden. Once the chocolate had hardened I broke it into pieces.
The combination of cherries and pistachios was just as dreamy as I hoped it would be! You get the salty and sweet flavors that always pair so amazingly together, making it just about the perfect chocolate treat! You really must try it! If you don’t like one or the other of those mix-ins, then you can get creative and try another. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to chocolate, right? Have fun and enjoy!