Dark chocolate bark recipe with nutella is vegan, 3-ingredients, and boosts energy and thinking power. Using my homemade vegan nutella, the bark turns out creamy and crunchy and is incredibly easy to make. And this healthy chocolate treat recipe is free of dairy, gluten, refined-sugar!
Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe With Nutella
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 dark 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 hazelnut spread you use, and fits other diet options as well.
Choose A Quality Brand of Dark Chocolate
Typically quality dark 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.
A Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe With Nutella
This dark chocolate bark is made creamier with 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 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, mix in ingredients, and allow the bark to set in the refrigerator. It can be stored there, frozen or kept at room temperature.
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Dark Chocolate Bark
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- 2 tbsp popped quinoa
- 2 tbsp chia or flaxseed
- Set a sauce pan of water on to boil with about 2 inches of water in it. Line a loaf pan with parchment so it hangs over the sides.
Make the Bark
- Set a 2-cup pyrex glass measuring cup into the boiling water.
- Pour the chocolate chips into the measuring cup - don't let any water splash into the cup, you are just trying to melt the chocolate.
- Add the chocolate nutella butter and coconut oil.
- Continually stir and as the chocolate mixture begins to melt, turn off the stove and carefully remove the measuring cup from the water (don't let any water or moisture into the mix!) and keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and shiny.
- Fold in your chosen mix-ins, or hold them back and sprinkle on top. We sprinkled popped quinoa in the mix and then chopped almonds 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.
- Refrigerate lightly covered for 1 hour or until it hardens. Don't freeze at this stage or it will develop a haze. However, it can be frozen in an air-tight container for long-term storage.
- Break into 12 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.