'Tis the Season + {Holiday Bark w/Toasted Quinoa}

I know. I know. Today's Halloween and it's going to be so exciting and everyone loves it. The costumes! The candy! But for me, Halloween just means it's almost the start of the real holiday season -- Christmas!! I couldn't be more excited about getting our first real Christmas tree FROM THE FOREST. And I have really tall ceilings now so I can get a gigantic one!!  And I've already started thinking about and even buying some presents. I am totally getting my MIL my friend Ashley's gluten-free donut cookbook! SHHHH.  And for my close friends, I'll be making this holiday bark. 

Introducing Holiday Bark w/Toasted Quinoa:

It is like a healthy Nestle Crunch, full of superfoods like quinoa and pistachios.

And did I mention it's stunningly beautiful? and delicious. and chocolate.

It is delightfully light and melts in your mouth. My coworker said she was going to nibble on it throughout the day; 5 minutes later she confessed she'd devoured it all :) #thatgood

It looks super fancy, but is super easy to make --- Babycakes helped me sprinkle on the pistachios!

Questions:

  • Are you more excited for Halloween or Christmas?
  • Do you ever make holiday gifts?

Holiday Bark w/Toasted Quinoa

Description

Holiday Bark w/Toasted Quinoa

Ingredients

20 ounces
Dark Chocolate chips/cocoa nibs
1⁄4 cup
Quinoa (rinsed, then toasted)
1⁄4 cup
Pistachios (crushed)
1⁄4 cup
Dried Mediterranean Apricots (diced)

Notes

The Chocolate Chips were made by a brand called "Enjoy Life"

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse your quinoa thoroughly until water runs clear.
  3. Lay out the quinoa on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper). 
  4. Toast them in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Crush your pistachios (I did this in a ziploc bag).
  6. Dice your apricots.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler, or use two stock pots like I did. Put water in the bottom one, the chocolate in the top. 
  8. Stir frequently.
  9. Once it is just about all the way melted/smooth, remove from heat and stir in the toasted quinoa.
  10. Then, pour the chocolate mixture flat onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  11. Spread flat with a spoon or spatula.
  12. Sprinkle pistachios and apricots evenly onto chocolate.
  13. Gently press the toppings into the chocolate.
  14. Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. 
  15. Then break into pieces and enjoy!

Yields 8 Servings