Colder weather + less sunshine + global pandemic = recipe for disaster when it comes to your mood.

Looking for a little boost? Check out this Dark Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Energy Bark. 

For many women, dark chocolate releases a cascade of euphoric feeling compounds such as n-acylethanolamine, theobromine and caffeine. N-acylethanolamine is a chemical compound that is structurally similar to cannabinoids. Therefore, it's no surprise we gravitate towards a few servings when we are feeling down.


  • 1 lb dark chocolate, 70% cacao or above, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup crushed pistachios
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts (or pumpkin seeds, cashews, whatever you enjoy!)
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • Option to sprinkle a little sea salt

Bonus: Some of my clients like to mix one tsp of powder for an extra kick of flavor such as cinnamon or espresso while the chocolate is melting.


  1. Line the bottom and sides of a baking pan with parchment paper; grease the paper and set aside.
  2. In a metal bowl over hot water, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Option to stir in powder and then half the cherries and nuts. Spread into prepared pan; top with remaining cherries and nuts. Sprinkle with salt if desired. 
  3. Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes or until firm.
  4. Break into pieces according to your liking. 
  5. Store in an airtight container or keep in freezer.
  6. Enjoy!