It is Monday again…which means time for a new recipe! Though this one is not really “lightened” up like my previous recipes, I changed some ingredients so it can be more nutrient rich and beneficial for our bodies. I switched out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate and topped the bark off with walnuts instead of mint pieces. Changing those two ingredients made the recipe lighter in calories and more nutrient rich. Dark Chocolate has several health benefits- more so than milk chocolate. You can’t go wrong with eating dark chocolate!
Some of you may be thinking dark chocolate is bitter and nasty. I used to think the same thing! However, there was a girl across the hall from me in college who kept a candy dish in her room. The sad part was that she only stocked it with Dove Dark Chocolate. I wasn’t going to walk across campus just to buy some chocolate when I could get it for free across the hall; and that is when I developed a taste for dark chocolate.
In this recipe, the dark chocolate is not overwhelming. It is a perfect mix with the Andes baking chips and walnuts. Craig and I can not stop eating this (we had this past weekend and devoured it). The one we had this weekend was topped off with almonds and not walnuts. I had walnuts at home so that is why I used them. You can use whatever nuts you like, just don’t forget to keep track of the calories.
Mint Chocolate Bark
1 bag of Hersheys Dark Chocolate Morsals
1 bag of Andes Mint Baking Chips
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (or whatever other nuts you prefer)
I took a 9×13 pan and lined it with parchment paper. I poured the entire bag of the dark chocolate morsels and the andes mint chips and mix them around on the pan together. Place in the oven at 250 degrees until melted*** (mine took about 25 minutes). Pull the pan of melted chocolate out of the oven and sprinkle with your choice of nuts. Make sure the nuts are secured in the chocolate so they will stick when it is time to “break” the bark.
Place the pan of chocolate in the refrigerator to cool. When the bark is finally cool, you can cut or break the bark. I prefer to cut the bark so I know how many calories are in each piece.
My batch was an entire 9×13 pan and I cut 40 squares. Therefore, each square came out to be about 88 calories a square. I leave my chocolate in the fridge so it doesn’t get soft while sitting out in room temp.
*** You can melt the chocolate over the stove or in the microwave. I always do mine in the oven so that’s why I did it that way.
I hope you try out the recipe and enjoy!