Praline Chocolate Bark

Praline Chocolate Bark

It wouldn't be Easter without enjoying a chocolate treat! We'll be snacking on this delicious hazelnut praline chocolate all weekend! Have a great Easter everyone!


Ingredients:

Praline:

  • 120g skinless roasted hazelnuts
  • 30g coconut sugar
  • 200ml water

Chocolate Bark:

  • 100g cacao butter
  • 50g cashew butter
  • 50ml agave/honey
  • 25g cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Praline:

  • Add the water and coconut sugar to a pot on a medium heat and stir for a few minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Leave the sugar water to boil and thicken on a medium-high heat for ~ 8-10 minutes - there's no need to stir. The caramel can burn very easily so watch it carefully, especially since it's hard to tell with the dark colour from the coconut sugar.
  • Once the liquid has thickened and you have a caramel sauce, quickly add the hazelnuts and coat them in the caramel.
  • Pour the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Leave the praline to harden in the fridge for ~ 20-30 minutes.
  • Place the praline in a food processor and blitz until you have a crumbly texture. This will give the chocolate a bit of a crunch but you can blitz to a paste if you prefer it smoother.

Chocolate Bark:

  • Melt the cacao butter in a pot on a medium heat.
  • Add the cashew butter, cacao powder, agave, vanilla and salt. Mix until you have a completely smooth consistency.
  • Mix in the praline.
  • Pour the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Leave the harden in the fridge/freezer for 1-2 hours.
  • Roughly chop/break the chocolate into pieces.
  • Store in the fridge or freezer.

Nutritional Info:

Cacao Butter

  • Rich in the monounsaturated fat oleic acid which may lower ”bad” LDL cholesterol and raise ”good” HDL cholesterol.
  • Rich in polyphenols which reduces oxidative stress and improves immune function.

Cacao powder

  • Great source of magnesium which plays an important role in a wide variety of biochemical reactions in the body.
  • Also rich in a range of other minerals, such as iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, zinc and copper.
  • Contains a high level of antioxidants.
  • Rich in theobromine which stimulates the release of endorphins, resulting in anti-depressant effect.

Nuts

  • Rich source of minerals – contains high levels of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron,potassium and zinc.
  • Very rich in Vitamin E, a fat soluble compound with distinctive antioxidant properties. Vitamin E protects cells from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The body produces ROS when fat is converted to energy but vitamin E can stop their production. Vitamin E also plays a role in increasing blood vessel dilation.
  •  Contains a variety of flavonoids which may support brain health and improve circulation. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with allergies.
  • Rich in an unsaturated fat called oleic acid.
  • Good source of dietary fibre. Fibre is important for digestive health and may also help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers.

Coconut Sugar

Has the same amount of calories per gram as regular sugar but:

  • Rich in nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium and potassium.
  • It has a lower glycemic index so it won't cause your blood sugar to spike rapidly.