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“Caramel” Nut Chocolate Bark

By: Ginny Mahar

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Soy & Dairy-free depending on which chocolate you choose.

We all need to indulge from time to time, like in late winter, when the sparkle of fresh snow has dulled to slush and snirt (snow + dirt). Or on Valentine’s Day, when you’re trying to avoid falling face first into a heart-shaped box of artificial ingredients. I’ve loaded all the crunchy, chewy, sweet, salty, dark-chocolaty goodness I could fit into this scrumptious treat, and the best part is, it’s choc-full of thyroid-loving ingredients.

When you don’t eat gluten, dairy, or eggs, your options for sweet treats get pretty narrowed down. Chocolate bark can be a welcome treat solution. For compliance with dietary restrictions, choose your chocolate wisely and read the ingredient list. Many chocolates contain soy in the form of soy lecithin, an emulsifier. Another common ingredient is milk solids, so if you’re avoiding dairy, look to dark varieties of chocolate, which are less likely to contain milk. Cocoa butter is another ingredient often found in chocolate, and good news, it is not a dairy product. Cocoa butter is a natural fat derived from the cocoa bean, and it improves chocolate’s flavor and mouthfeel.

Watch time: 4 minutes

For this recipe, I go for a high-quality bittersweet chocolate, like this one from Guittard. It’s Fair Trade Certified, 70% cacao, and both soy and dairy-free. Most importantly, it’s luscious and smooth as silk.

Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this dish:

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"Caramel" Nut Chocolate Bark

I’ve loaded all the crunchy, chewy, sweet, salty, dark-chocolaty goodness I could fit into this scrumptious treat, and the best part is, it’s choc-full of thyroid-loving ingredients. Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Soy & Dairy-free depending on which chocolate you choose.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 oz dark chocolatechopped (preferably soy and dairy free)
  • 1 oz Brazil Nutsvery roughly chopped (approx. 8 med.)
  • 2 oz Medjool datespitted and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (approx. 4 med.)
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt(I like the taste of Maldon salt)

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or in microwave at 30-second intervals (stirring after each), until smooth.
  2. Stir in chopped Brazil nuts and dates, and spread evenly on a sheet of parchment. Sprinkle with chia seeds and sea salt, and let harden at room temperature for at least 4 hours. Cut or break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition Facts
"Caramel" Nut Chocolate Bark
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Potassium 338mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 20.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About the Author

Thyroid Refresh Co-founder Ginny Mahar is the mom and recipe blogger formerly known as Hypothyroid Chef. After struggling with the residual symptoms of Hashimoto’s for over four years, she embarked on her own process of adopting a thyroid-specific diet and lifestyle. Within one year, she restored her vitality and lowered her thyroid antibodies by half. Ginny is a passionate advocate of supporting others on their journeys toward better health. She is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, cooking instructor, writer, and entrepreneur.