25 Oct 2011
Before you know it, the holidays will be here along with all those not-so-good-for-you treats. So many of our holiday memories are tied to food, so indulge if you must, but find ways to health things up. One of my favorite ways to do that is to take unhealthy treats and add good stuff to them like nuts and dried fruits.
That’s why I love making chocolate bark candy – by adding some healthy goodness, you don’t feel too guilty about enjoying the chocolate. It’s also a great treat if you’re gluten free or need to avoid nuts. Just use a gluten free cereal like Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice and just dried fruit, like I’ve done below.
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Cranberry & Cherry Crunch Bark
- One package (16 ounces) chocolate flavored candy coating (also
called “chocolate bark”)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, divided
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 2 cups Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice – Gluten Free Cereal
You will also need:
- a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
- parchment paper
- Place a large cookie sheet in your freezer until well chilled – one to two hours.
- In a large bowl, mix cereal, dried cherries and 1/4 cup dried cranberries together.
- Melt candy coating (bark) according to directions.
- Stir melted chocolate into the cereal and dried fruit mixture.
- Spread mixture onto the cold, parchment lined baking sheet. (Use the pack of a spatula or an offset spatula to spread the mixture.)
- Once spread, sprinkle on remaining cranberries and gently press into the surface.
- Cover with parchment and place into freezer until solid – 30 to 60 minutes.
- Break into pieces and serve.
- Instead of chocolate candy coating, try vanilla.
- Substitute other dried fruits and nuts for the dried cherries
- Instead of sprinkling cranberries on top, tried shredded,
- You can find “bark chocolate” (candy coating) in the baking section
of your grocery store.
- Treats like Crunch Bark make a nice gift. Place pieces in a decorative
jar or box or put in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. It’s great for
cookie exchanges, too!