It’s Friday. It’s December. You need a treat.
Need I say more?! For those of you who have read my blog for a while, you know I’m all about those veggies, but that I’m also all about keeping it real and maintaining balance in my food choices.
As a dietitian blogger, I strive to relay a message of moderation in all of my recipes and posts. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. Instead, I believe in healthy lifestyles, and the importance of learning how to make healthy choices to achieve lasting change.
I swear there’s a point here…
Is today’s post a health food? Nope, can’t say it is. (Sorry). Is it low in sugar? Not really, no. But I can tell you that this Apricot and Pistachio Holiday Bark is homemade with minimally processed ingredients, and a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s easy and tasty, and made with love. What more can we ask for in a dessert?!
Apricot and Pistachio Holiday Bark
This 20 minute recipe has only 4 ingredients. You can make it vegan, gluten-free, or paleo. But no matter how you make it, you won't be disappointed.
- 1 12 oz bag dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips choose vegan, gluten-free or paleo if desired/needed
- ~8-10 unsweetened dried apricots chopped
- 1/4 cup pistachios shelled
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave on medium high heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir, before returning to microwave for another minute. Repeat until chips are completely melted.
Transfer melted chocolate to baking dish, using a spatula to spread it evenly. Lightly press apricots and pistachios into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Freeze for ~15 minutes until firm. Bark should come off of parchment paper easily. Break apart or use a knife to slice.
Enjoy this treat in moderation, and remember – try not to feel guilty about eating a piece. Maintaining a healthy diet is a lot more than just eating balanced meals with plenty of plants, and making room for your favorite foods without going overboard is just as important. After all, taking away our own restrictions on food can help us get rid of the urge to eat more than we want or need.
Happy Friday! And happy December everyone!