Candy barks are very popular all year round, but especially during the holidays. They are usually chocolate with different kinds of fruits and nuts or peppermint, however there are no limits to them at all. I made a healthy version with Greek yogurt, raspberries, pistachios and toasted almonds. It is very colorful and very festive. You can make it with any kinds of nuts and any kind of fruit, but this combination just looked very fitting for the season. This bark is very easy to make. It is not as sweet as most barks, but then it has no sugar and just a bit of honey.
I love all kinds of berries; raspberries, golden raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc, but blackberries are my favorite. On a nutritional scale though, raspberries are said to be the healthiest of all the berry varieties. They are loaded with fiber, and contain 9 g per cup, more than any other berries. They have a lower sugar content than other berries too, and are high in Vitamin C. I actually have a few raspberry bushes in my yard, that produce very tiny, very sweet raspberries in the summer. Sometimes I get a large yield and other years, I barely get anything. But either way, they are delicious and I try my best to use them all up in as many dishes and recipes as I can. The raspberries here are from the store. My plants only produce berries in the summer.
Raspberry Pistachio and Toasted Almond Yogurt Bark
2 cups Greek yogurt with honey
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
3-4 TBSP honey
1 package of raspberries or 1 cup of frozen raspberries, drained
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/3 cup toasted almond slivers
Mix the honey, lemon zest and yogurt together, then gently fold in the raspberries and nuts.
Once everything is mixed together, spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and freeze for at least 3 hours.
When the bark has become solid, remove it from the freezer and break it into chunks. It melts quickly, so unless you are planning on eating it right away, place it in the refrigerator to let it thaw, but to keep it solid, until you are ready to serve it.
Enjoy. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.