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Cashew & 3-Seed Chocolate Bark

November/December 2013

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With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe. We stir cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and aniseed into this chocolate bark, which is perfect for a gift.


Cashew & 3-Seed Chocolate Bark Recipe

Makes: 3 dozen 1 1/2-inch pieces

Serving Size: 1 1/2-inch piece

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (or chips)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews, lightly toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon aniseed, lighted toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Preparation

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.)
  2. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. (Alternatively, place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.)
  3. Combine cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, aniseed and salt in a small bowl. Stir half of the mixture into the melted chocolate. Scrape the chocolate onto the foil and spread it into a 9-inch square. Sprinkle with the remaining cashew mixture, pressing any large bits in. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer the bark and foil to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate airtight for up to 2 weeks.
  • Tip: To lightly toast chopped nuts and seeds, heat in small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition

Per piece: 59 calories; 4 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 14 mg sodium; 20 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat


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Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Microwave
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Dessert
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Fall
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American
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
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Total Time
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