You will need:
3 oz. dark chocolate (65% or above)
¼ c. roughly chopped raw almonds
¼ c. dried blueberries
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler*, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
Remove the chocolate from heat.
Stir in the almonds and dried blueberries.
Spread out the mixture on a pan covered with parchment paper; sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
Cool the bark for 1-2 hours.
*This is essentially two pots stacked on top of one another. Put 2 – 3 inches of water in the bottom pan. Then put the chocolate in the second, slightly smaller pot on top of the first pan. Bring the water to a simmer or very slow boil. The heat from the steaming water melts the chocolate slowly. Stir the chocolate frequently to avoid burning.
More information on dark chocolate:
Studies suggest that dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol by up to 10%. It also contains antioxidants which combat free radicals, and is lower in fat than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate releases serotonin and endorphins, producing a sense of well-being. Exercise also releases endorphins: a less calorie-intensive way of boosting your mood!
Try dried cherries or cranberries in place of the dried blueberries.
Try finely chopped walnuts or pecans as a variant for the almonds.
Try adding finely chopped crystallized ginger for more zing.
You can find a PDF version of this recipe here.