Chocolate Bird Seed Bark

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This chocolate bark is seriously too easy. My boyfriend calls it "bird seed bark", and although an odd name, he says it's a compliment!

While we were working on our book for Type One Diabetic families I was trying to come up with some creative recipes that satisfied a sweet tooth while still providing some nutrients. This bark is awesome because you get the sweet sensation without a horrible blood sugar spike afterwards.

It's also a great way to extend the life of a chocolate bar while getting tons of superfoods at the same time!

Ready...?

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Simply melt the coconut oil and chocolate, and stir in whatever you like! 

1. Microwave the full bar and 1 tsp of coconut oil in a glass bowl. Repeat in 30 second intervals and stir in between.

2. Mix in all of your ingredients (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.) until they are covered in chocolate.

3. Spread onto parchment paper and let firm. The bark should take about 30 min to set. Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!


Ingredients

Chocolate bar

One chocolate bar of your choice. We like to choose a bar that’s above 60% cocoa, or even better one made with cacao nibs. Read cocoa vs cacao here. TLDR: cocoa is the processed version of cacao, without all the raw nutrients. Look for a chocolate bar that has a short ingredients list, and take note of carb count if you have Type One like me!


Coconut Oil

1 tsp coconut oil. Since you're only using enough heat to melt, we like to use virgin coconut oil (Dr. Bronner's or Thrive brand for example).

You can read more about cooking oils here.


Seeds, nuts, dried berries...

Add ins of your choice: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, dried berries, nuts...whatever you want! 

 

Optional flavor burst

I love adding a drop of peppermint or orange essential oil to give it a delicious hit of flavor.

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Peppermint and Wild Orange oils pictured.

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