Almond Butter Bark
One thing I love (and hate) about the approaching holidays is the massive amounts of treats and goodies that are going to be around the office and at family events. I always dread the potential weight gain, so this year I am testing out some recipes to see if I can make desserts that are paleo alternatives. A lot of the ingredients that I have I used for the protein balls goes into this almond bark, but this is entirely designed to be a dessert, so there is no protein powder. I do not eat sweets often, so I kept the container in the freezer and broke off small chunks as I had a craving.
8 dried black figs
2 cups almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flax seed meal
2 tablespoons raw honey
pinch of salt
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
Grease an 8x8 glass or ceramic baking pan with a paper towel with a dab of butter or coconut oil. You want to make sure your almond mixture does not stick to the pan.
In a large food processor, coarsely chop the figs so they start to break down, 3-4 good pulses should do the trick. Now add the almond butter, vanilla flax seed and raw honey together until smooth.
Add the mixture to the glass pan and press down with your hands to spread out evenly.
MEG'S TIP: I do not have an 8x8 so I used a 9x12. While this was okay, the 8x8 would have made the bark thicker, which is more of what I was going for with this.
Using a large knife, chop your whole almonds coarsely. Set aside. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 second interval. It took me two minutes to melt my chocolate, but each microwave is different, so make sure you do not burn your chocolate.
Now that your chocolate is melted, pour it over the almond mixture and spread evenly in the pan with a spatula or knife. Go quick on this so the chocolate does not start to harden. Sprinkle the almonds on top and gently press them into the chocolate with your hand.
Cover and place in the freezer for an hour. Keep the bark in the fridge or freezer, depending on how hard you would like it to be. Enjoy!