A lovely, festive chocolate snack that delivers more than mere calories. Feel free to play with the flavors in this creamy confection.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark With a Protein Boost
- 2 cups (160 g) raw unsweetened finely shredded coconut (not the large shreds) OR 1 cup (240 ml) raw coconut butter, melted
1.5 scoop Growing Naturals original rice protein
3/4 cup (120 g) raw hemp seeds
1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut sugar
2 ounces (60 g) good quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4-1/2 tsp (1-2.5 ml) 100% stevia powder, to your taste
- pinch fine sea salt
- 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp (2. 5 ml) pure peppermint extract
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) goji berries, dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries, or chopped nuts, if desired
1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) more hemp seeds, if desired
Line a loaf pan or mold with plastic wrap and set aside.
Place the coconut or coconut butter, hemp seeds and coconut sugar in a high-powered blender and, using the tamper to keep the mixture moving, blend until liquefied. This should take only a minute or two. (If you have a powerful food processor, you can use it instead, but it will take longer for the coconut to turn to butter, and the texture will be slightly more grainy.) Add the chocolate, stevia, salt and vanilla, and continue to blend, stirring with the tamper, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Finally, add the protein powder and blend again until incorporated.
Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with goji berries and additional hemp seeds if desired. Place in refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours.
Once firm, invert onto a cutting board and remove the plastic. Cut into odd shapes and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Serve cold. Makes 12-16 pieces. Will keep, refrigerated, up to 2 weeks.
Calories 249, Protein 7 grams, Sugar 10 grams, Carbs 16 grams, Fat 19 grams, Fiber 4.8 grams