"Goodness Gracious Christmas-barks" with Dark Chocolate, Oats and Seeds


Christmas-bark is a scrumptious and easy-peasy holiday treat that you can prepare in minutes and lick it off in minutes!! It makes for a quick last minute gift for self, family, and friends! It's a great way to enjoy chocolate treat which can be healthful too!

These are loaded with soluble fiber from sprouted oats and a variety of seeds, which I assume are hard to get down on their own! But when combined with dark chocolate and honey, it just makes a tasty and a super-hit treat! Look, who's enjoying the treat with me in the pic :)


Dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties and is the only sweet I highly recommend for the sweet cravings, (of course in moderation)! Choose a brand that does not have sugar listed first on the ingredients list.



Semi-sweet choco-chips has less added sugar than regular choco-chips and we would prefer that. Try to not skip on the following three super-food ingredients here- flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are all excellent sources of omega-3 fats which are usually not found in very abundance in our diets. This means that it has the essential fatty acid that your body can’t make, so you must get it from the foods. The omega-3 fats are useful in many body functions.


Let's look at the recipe!



RECIPE:


Gluten-free: use 'gluten-free' labeled oats

Nut-free: skip walnuts and sliced almonds

Egg-free

Vegan

Soy-free

KETO/Diabetes-friendly: Swap honey for sugar-free maple syrup or 3 Tbsp peanut butter; swap semisweet choco-chips with Lily's chocolate chips (these are sugar-free)


Prep time: 20

Cook time: 5 minutes on stove + 2 minutes in the microwave

Refrigerator time: at least 45 minutes to an hour, till it sets

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • sprouted or regular rolled oats, 1 cup

  • walnuts, 2 Tbsp, pounded

  • hemp seeds, 1 Tbsp

  • chia seeds, 1 Tbsp

  • honey (or maple syrup), around 4 Tbsp

  • vanilla extract, 2 tsp

Topping-

  • choco chips, semisweet, around 2 cups

  • pumpkin seeds, 2 Tbsp

  • cranberries, 2 Tbsp

  • sliced almonds, 2 Tbsp

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, flavorless





Instructions:


for oats and walnut mixture-

  1. toast rolled oats in a pan on medium for 4-5 minutes.

  2. add the pounded walnuts, chia, and hemp seeds, and honey to it

  3. set this oats and walnut mixture nicely in a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten it by gently pounding on it.



for the topping-


3. melt choco-chips mixed with coconut oil (flavorless) in the microwave for a minute, stir, and again for another minute. It should be completely melted by now.

4. here comes the tricky part! Drizzle this delicious mixture over the set oats and walnut mixture, evenly.

5. sprinkle the pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, and cranberries; pat it down slightly.

6. refrigerate for 45 min to an hour at least before cutting into pieces. Taada, it's ready to relish!!









For more variations on healthy snacks, try this nutrient-dense, cardamom, sesame seeds and coconut bites!



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Did you try this recipe? I would so much love to hear your variation of this recipe! :)