dark chocolate superfood bark

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert,Gluten Free,holiday,recipes,snacks,Vegan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

This weekend the outside lights on the house went up, the (new! fake!) tree went up and is lit and decorated, and I’ve already watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation eleventeen times.

I’m watching it as I type this.

…if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised

One recipe I will be making a lot of this holiday season is chocolate bark. The flavor possibilities are endless, it is easy, looks festive, and who does not like chocolate? Hopefully our mailman, Fed Ex and UPS guys, Jason’s hairdresser and girls at the salon, family and friends do…

This bark is superfood super good. Goji berries and dates give some extra sweetness, and almonds and salt always go well with chocolate. The hemp seeds simply look pretty sprinkled throughout, and add some extra superfood oomph.

To borrow a phrase from Cousin Eddie, it’s Gooo – oood! 

dark chocolate superfood bark

dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan

2 jumbo Medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon water
15 ounces dark chocolate (72-88%), chopped
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup goji berries
1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds
sprinkling sea salt 

Line a baking sheet with parchment. In saucepan over medium heat, combine dates and water, stirring into a paste. Reduce heat to low, add chocolate, stirring until melted and fully combined with date paste. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour onto parchment; using an offset spatula, spread in an even layer to desired thickness (this recipe is about 1/8 inch). Sprinkle with sea salt. Add toppings: almonds, goji berries and hemp seeds, in uniform pattern so each piece of bark is covered. Allow to cool, break or cut into pieces. 

I leave my bark overnight on counter – it is set but still semi soft – I cut into squares with a knife, then transfer to refrigerator to set completely.

*edited to specify percentages of the dark chocolate I used in this recipe.

disclosure: Oh! Nuts provided products to add to my chocolate bark.

 

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