January 17, 2012 --
Many have resolved to eat healthier in the New Year. Snacking during the day is an easy way to pack on the pounds. While it's almost impossible to avoid snacks, you can make healthier choices. Former ''cheftestant'' on Bravo's first season of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', Malika Ameen has some healthy homemade options including her healthy oat clusters. Ameen says the healthy snack is not only high in flavor, but it's also high in fiber. It's a great yogurt topper for breakfast or simply on its own as a snack throughout the day. The ingredients are also interchangeable and could be substituted with other favorite nuts and fruits.
CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW BARK
Yield: 12 squares
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/3 cup thinly sliced almonds with skin
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Line an 8x8 square baking pan with aluminum foil.
In a double boiler on a gentle simmer melt butter and chocolate on low heat and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute to cool slightly. Add marshmallows, almonds, and nibs. Spread evenly in pan and sprinkle with salt. Refrigerate until chocolate sets (at least one hour). Cut into 12 squares and serve