Happy Valentines Day - Fudgy, Salted, Chocolate, Pecan Bark OH MY.
Tomorrow is Valentines Day. Which is really not a 'holiday' we celebrate, but I was feeling festive, and mostly I was feeling like chocolate. Plus I got every single one of my students a valentines day card, so it seemed like the right thing to do to make my husband and I a little special treat.
Technically we jokingly celebrate Valentines Day on November 11th (Remembrance Day). Let me explain. A few years ago I was living in Toronto for a year, and my husband was in Ottawa, so I decided to make him a calendar with all our special days on it. I made the calendar through an American site, and instead of saying Remembrance Day it said Veterans Day. So Joseph (husband) was really busy and stressed writing his accounting exams and he glanced at the calendar one day in November and saw a V. He freaked out, ran to the store, bought some chocolate and a card and mailed it to me. Later he was talking to someone, or maybe it was the store clerk, and he wondered out loud why it was impossible to find a Valentines Day card.....and then he realized it was November...and that's why.
So now we joke about it in November every year, and the February Valentines day mostly just slips by. But not this year! This year we will have chocolate!! The best pars is this little creation is SO easy.
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 160 grams of dark chocolate (or about a cup plus a square) - I used 2 and 3/4 bars of this
- 1/2 cup pecans (slight chopped)
- 1 Tblsp Ghee, I highly recommend the Madagascar vanilla bean form Fourth and Heart
- 1 scoop collagen (optional)
- Toppings: 1/4 cup pecans, 2 tblsps shredded coconut, 1/4-1/2 tsp salt, 1 tblsp maple syrup
- Melt the chocolate, almond butter and ghee in a small saucepan over low heat, stir often, until all the chocolate is melted
- Remove from the hear and stir in the collagen and pecans
- Pour into a small baking dish
- Drizzle with the maple syrup and then sprinkle with the pecans and coconut
- Lastly sprinkle with the salt
- Put in the freezer for about an hour - then it is ready. Ironically I went to the gym while this sucker was freezing, and then came back to test it out
- Store in the fridge!
The end result is a fudgy, salty, nutty, chocolate bark. Totally delicious and not full of crap.
Happy Valentines Day!!
Ps. Zoey really wanted some, she was starring while I was taking some pics, oh yes because did I mention the best place to take pictures is on the floor....she gets a bone for Valentines instead.