Check out this seasonal favorite from Bolder Nutrition’s Christine Steerman for Dark Chocolate Cherry Freezer Bark.
This sweet and salty combination of dark chocolate, cherries, and peanuts is great to have on hand any time you want to be able to quickly grab something delicious from the freezer with bonus recovery benefits. Make the day before you plan to enjoy it!
What You Will Need:
- Baking dish or sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- 1c Greek yogurt (whole milk plain, vanilla, or cherry flavor); sub a full-fat dairy free if needed; however protein amount may differ
- 1/2c roughly chopped frozen dark and/or tart cherries
- 1/2c dark chocolate chips
- 1/4c chopped peanuts
- Flaky sea salt for topping, if desired
- Line your baking dish or baking sheet (tip- crumble your parchment paper before spreading it down; it will make it easier to place in the dish).
- Spread an even layer of the Greek yogurt onto the parchment paper lined dish/sheet
- Take your chopped cherries and place them evenly on top of the Greek yogurt layer. Lightly press them down into the yogurt layer (this can be done with a spatula or the back of a spoon)
- Place in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours. Can freeze overnight. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
- Once the yogurt and cherry layer are frozen, it’s time to make the chocolate layer. Melt the dark chocolate chips (can start with 20s intervals in the microwave to prevent them from burning).
- Remove your yogurt and cherry mixture from the freezer and spread an even layer of the melted chocolate over the top followed by the chopped peanuts and the optional flaky salt.
- Place the baking dish back into the freezer for an hour.
- When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer, break the dark chocolate cherry freezer bark up into pieces, and enjoy! Keep in the freezer until ready to eat as this can melt quickly once out of the freezer.
Christine Steerman has been in the nutrition field since 2014. Working as a registered dietitian (RD) in inpatient, rehabilitation, and for the last five years, one-on-one personal nutrition counseling. Her approach is rooted in behavior change, taking one gradual step at a time, and her philosophy has to do with a balanced and proactive approach to nutrition.