Sunday, 7 May 2017

Nutty Chocolate Bark

So simple, it's cheeky to call this a recipe - but helpful for those counting calories, or sticking to allowances to be able to weigh out portions.

As a self-confessed chocoholic, I can easily inhale what should last several days within the space of an evening, without even thinking about it!

If I'm trying to lose weight, chocolate tends to be my nemesis, so I have to find ways of making it last / stretch and pad it out with things that will make it more satisfying, and add a more healthy element, without compromising on deliciousness!

Calories: 150 calories per portion (26g), makes 12 portions.

Slimming World: makes 12 portions (weigh out at 26g each), where the nuts and seeds can be your healthy 'B' choice for the day, and the chocolate part is 3.5 syns. If not counting the nuts and seeds as your healthy 'B' choice, add on 4 syns per portion (so 7.5 syns in total).

[Calories in square brackets]

  • 100g dark chocolate (70%) [575]
  • 50g milk chocolate (or you can just use 150g of your favourite chocolate) [273]
  • 162g mixed nuts and / or seeds, toasted if you like an extra crunch* [948 calories if using Paleo Granola, see below*]

1. Line a baking tray or dish (at least 22cm x 28cm) with non-stick baking paper or a silicone mat. Melt the chocolate (either in a bowl in the microwave in 1 minute bursts until thoroughly melted, stirring occasionally, or in a bowl over a pan of hot water).

2. Stir in the nuts / seeds.

3. Spread out as thinly as possible, without any gaps, on the lined tray.

4. Chill until hard set, then break into pieces and enjoy!

*A delicious and easy alternative I like, is to use The Paleo Foods Co. Grain-Free Granola, Honey and Pecan - which is 7.5 syns per 25g, so exactly the same syn value as using plain nuts and seeds and toasting them yourself (you can find this at Sainsbury's in the UK).

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