This time of year, many of us bring out family recipes for cookies, fudge and other desserts to make for family and friends. Why not try something different that could be healthier, at least in small portions?
Melt the chocolate in the microwave a little bit at a time, or place over boiling water in a double boiler.
Pour melted chocolate into a shallow 8-inch pan and spread to the edges.
Add the vanilla extract, cranberries, pistachios and coconut. Mix slightly.
Place the bark in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Remove from pan and serve.
Optional: Add more cranberries, pistachios and coconut to the top of bar for garnish and extra flavor.
Dark chocolate bark with cranberries, pistachios and coconut is easy to make and filled with what many nutrition experts call superfoods. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and boost overall heart health. Choose chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao or cocoa to optimize the antioxidant power and health benefits.
Cranberries are rich in plant antioxidants that fight cancer. Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack high in fiber and protein. Plus, a one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as a small banana. And coconut adds fiber to your meals and contains iron, a mineral important for healthy circulation and tissue maintenance.