For some of us Valentine’s Day celebration is less about relationships and more about the love of chocolate. Say hello to your new bittersweetheart, Bittersweet Chocolate Granola Bark. Mixing granola, berries and seeds into melted chocolate elevates love to a whole new intensity.
Warning: Do not continue reading if you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to lose four pounds for the past year or two.
- 6 oz high quality bittersweet chocolate, melted in a double boiler
- 1/4 c granola (Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola or homemade)
- 1 T each dried cranberries, mixed dried berries (mulberries, goji berries), pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds
Mix half the granola berries and seeds into the melted chocolate.
Use a spatula to spread the chocolate mixture onto a parchment-covered pan.
Immediately sprinkle on the remainder of the granola, berries and seeds. You can press down lightly on the berries to make sure they’re embedded.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes to harden. Break the Bittersweet Chocolate Granola Bark into pieces before serving. Serves 8 – 10. Ha-ha. Just kidding. It may look like it serves 8 – 10. You’ll be lucky if it serves 6. Can be stored in the fridge. Ha-ha-ha. Can’t really be stored because it tastes too good and it won’t last.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
- February 14, 2016 will be my first Valentine’s Day since my dad, Henry Botner, passed away. It’s so fitting that such a loving, kind and generous man was actually born on the day that celebrates love. Dear, sweet Dadio, thank you for being you, for teaching us to cherish the earth’s bounty, for leaving the world a better place. I promise my next recipe will be about fruit.
- Thank you to Nature’s Path for supplying granola samples to experiment with. I don’t have enough of a sweet tooth for granola as a breakfast cereal, but I do like to use it as a garnish.
- Thank you to my husband for being my valentine. Only one of us is a chocoholic and that leaves more for me.
- Know any good quotes about chocolate? How about these?
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
“The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!”