Chocolate Bark!!!

photo credit: www.rawified.blogspot.comOld man winter has definitely shown up this week with below freezing temps and rain, sleet, and now snow. My area goes into full alert when snow comes, we’re talking the smallest amount even just a dusting sends people into frantic mode! Buying up bread, milk, and eggs, driving 15 miles an hour, tackling the red box machines, and stocking up on all the ever so “good for you” snacks for the kiddos! My little ones were home with me, so I don’t get much done so I usually start cooking! My youngest finally got to experience his first snow ever! Stumbling around in his snow gear, I swear he looked just like “Randy” from A Christmas Story! I realized we didn’t have snow boots because we rarely get snow here, so I went old school and put plastic bags on his feet like my mom and grandmothers would do. After much preparing and sending him out into the bone-chilling wind. He wasn’t too happy! 😦 photo credit: www.farmfoodieandfitness.com

So I decided to keep him in and make something chocolatey without all the guilt and processed sugar. Of course! So here’s a spin-off my sweet friend and fellow Certified Pilates instructor, Raw Chef, entrepreneur,and momma, Leah Stewart’s Chocolate Bark. I’ve just changed up the recipe a bit to make it my own. You can do the same by adding your favorite things, like pumpkins seeds, dried fruit, ginger, spices, and other nuts! Hope you love it! Enjoy the snow and comfort foods without all the guilt!

Chocolate Bark

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 Tbs agave nectar
  • ¾ C cacao powder
  • ¼ C almond butter
  • 1 C almonds-coarsely chopped in a food processor by pulsing
  • 1 C raisins
  • 1/3 C sliced almonds
  • 1 C Goji berries
  • Dried Cherries
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Blend coconut oil, cacao powder, agave nectar, almond butter, salt, and cayenne  until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add chopped almonds, Goji berries, raisins, cherries, and mix well. Spread the mixture on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper ½- 1 inch thick. Top with sliced almonds. Put in freezer until solid. Break off and enjoy!!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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