Healthy chocolate bark recipe is 3-ingredients and boosts energy and thinking power. Made with chocolate, nut butter or nutella, and a healthy oil. Dairy, gluten, refined-sugar! Top with sprinkles to create a holiday treat.
Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe
I really love dark chocolate bark with almonds. But in my view, commercial bark or even chocolate bars never have enough almonds. Or they are too sweet. Or not sweet enough. Enter my homemade chocolate bark recipe.
Using only a measuring cup, loaf pan and spoon, this bark literally took me 5 minutes to mix up and set in the refrigerator (the waiting for it to harden is what takes time). So if you are short on cook time, but want a snack option later that day, this might be it!
The resulting bark is a nutritional power house that is a sweet-tooth satisfier, an afternoon-energy booster, and a sneaky route to more protein and magnesium. And a perfect recipe with potential. For instance you can add more things like quinoa, dried fruit or flaxseed or chia.
And it is probably gluten-free, depending on the nut butter you use, and fits other diet options as well.
Choose A Quality Brand of Chocolate
Typically quality chocolate has only a few ingredients, including at least 70% cacao, cacao butter, vanilla and a bit of organic raw cane sugar or other plant-based sweetener. You don't want to see the sugar listed first as that means that is the ingredient in highest quantity. Instead, you want cacao or cocoa listed first.
It is also best to not see lecithin, milk or artificial flavorings in the list. Some of my favorite brands include Theo, Enjoylife, Chocolove, HU, Evolved Chocolate and more.
For more detail on quality dark chocolate, read here.
Quality dark chocolate provides energy, mood-boosting and hard-to-find magnesium, and cognitive support. But its biggest benefit is its amazing range of antioxidants. This study shows dark chocolate scored higher in antioxidants than any other food tested, including blueberries.
Make Your Chocolate Bark Recipe Creamy
This dark chocolate bark is made creamier with nut butter or a vegan "nutella". You probably know that is a chocolate version of hazelnut butter. You can either buy it or make it using my homemade vegan nutella recipe.
My homemade nutella recipe is super fast because it uses hazelnut flour instead of going through the time-consuming method of roasting and peeling hazelnuts.
However, if you don't have time to make your own healthy nutella, you can buy it - it is not easy to find a gluten-free and vegan brand but Justin's is a pretty good one.
Although they have recently begun to add almond butter to their nutella (my daughter is very upset by this change, haha). Still it's vegan and yummy!
How To Make Homemade Dark Chocolate Bark
Making this homemade bark recipe is very simple. Just melt your chocolate, nutella and oil in the microwave, pour mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan, sprinkle, and allow the bark to set. Break into pieces and eat.
Sprinkles Can Turn Dark Chocolate Bark into A Festive Treat
Match your holiday with your sprinkle and you have a festive-themed treat. I used sprinkles and vegan candy Easter eggs here by Doisy Dam "good eggs" I bought from the UK, but you can just use sprinkles.
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Healthy Chocolate Bark recipe
Potential Add-ins or Toppings
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- 2 tbsp popped quinoa
- 2 tbsp chia or flaxseed
- 2 tbsp sprinkles or candy
- Line a loaf pan with parchment so it hangs over the sides.
Make the Bark
- Fill a pyrex glass measuring cup with chocolate chips and nut butter or nutella and oil.
- Don't let any water splash into the cup, you are just trying to melt the mixture.
- Microwave at 60 seconds, stir and reheat for another 15 seconds until the mixture is completely melted.
- Fold in your chosen mix-ins, or hold them back to sprinkle on top.
- Pour the melted mixture into the pan, and tap it gently on the counter to allow it to spread to the four corners. This will ensure the correct thickness of your bark. Sprinkle toppings.
- Set it aside until it hardens. It is best to allow an hour or so for it to harden. Freezing and even refrigerating will develop a haze on the chocolate.
- Break into pieces and enjoy!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.