I don’t believe in taking it easy with my diet regime during festive season. And trust me this is the worst time to do so. Because the deviation goes unmeasured. Not that I am always eating right. Rather, I deviate from my regime every week, an ice cream or a croissant is easily accommodated in my weekly plan. But I do it consciously and then try to fix my next meal.
With ‘taking it easy’ during festivals, it is very easy to go overboard. Whatever you eat or cheat, should be done mindfully. Mindful eating shouldn’t be confused with the absurd idea of counting calories for every spoonful. I would rather be very alert during festivals and celebrations and take it easy during any other month. When it comes to health and fitness, playing smart is the key.
And we are not going to miss the festive cheer just because we can’t have that cream cheese pie. I googled some sugar free recipes and came across this recipe of Chocolate Lucuma Bark (to which I have done a couple of modifications in my recipe). I was a bit skeptical if I would get lucuma powder in India easily. And was surprised to find this ‘super fruit’ on Urban Platter (also available on Amazon). Lucuma is apparently used as a sugar substitute by fitness radicals across the globe. It is a fruit which is native to Peru and is nutritiously rich in fiber and proteins. Thanks to its low caloric value, it is increasingly becoming popular as a sweetener in cakes, ice creams, jams etc. I added it to my spinach smoothie today to bring down the bitterness of spinach. You must try this!
Inspired by the said recipe, I did some adjustments to suit my palette and whipped these amazing Chocolate Lucuma Barks. These came out very tasty, beautiful and guilt free. I hope this recipe brings some cheer to you.
Here’s how to make these no-bake and low calorie Chocolate Barks using Lucuma
Ingredients you would need to make around 200 Gms
- Chocolate 85% Dark – 200 Gms
- Lucuma Powder – 2 tbsp.
- Roasted seeds of choice – 2 tbsp.
- Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut – 2 tbsp.
- Baking Sheet / Butter Paper – 1 sheet
- Dry berries and dry fruit – 2 tbsp.
Step by Step Procedure
Line the baking sheet in a tray and keep it in the freezer. I am using a regular household tray here, you can use any baking tray or vessel.
Melt the broken pieces of chocolate in a double boiler. You can also melt chocolate in the microwave but be very cautious as chocolate tends to get burnt very quickly. If you are new to melting chocolate in microwave, this video would be very helpful. I prefer using a double boiler as its very convenient and fool proof. Use a big vessel to boil water and turn off the flame once it is boiled. Fit a smaller vessel on this big vessel just so that there is no scope for a single drop of water to come in contact with chocolate. Never keep the chocolate in the double boiler when the flame is on. Use a spatula to stir in the chocolate. Melting chocolate would need your patience, never hurry with this step.
Once the chocolate is melted, add in the lucuma powder and the roasted seeds. Give it a gentle stir. Take out the tray from the freezer and pour this chocolate evenly on this tray. If you have a mold you can use that to give a proper shape.
Top with berries and crushed almonds, walnuts, shredded coconut and any other toppings of your choice. Keep the tray in the freezer until the chocolate is hardened completely, around 30-40 minutes.
Break it into random sized pieces and store in fridge.
Stay happily healthy ! Xo!