This is always a big hit with students and friends and is honestly the quickest, easiest and fuss free recipe. Not to mention it’s healthy, can be naturally Vegan, Gluten Free, Lactose Free and I promise not Taste Free!
I have seen chocolate bark on lots of blogs and recipe sites but never actually made it. I didn’t follow any recipe for this and, like most of my recipes, just made it up as I went along using items I had in my house!
For once this actually worked out perfectly first time. People can’t get enough of it so I’m sharing it here so you can all make it at home.
Here’s how you can make it too:
(makes a large batch!)
400g of Dark Chocolate (ideally 70% plus)
1 dash of Olive Oil or teaspoon of Butter (real NOT margarine) or Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Raw, Organic Honey (or Maple Syrup if Vegan)
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1 dash of Vanilla Essence or some real Vanilla bean
Toppings which can include – Sea Salt, bee pollen, rose petals, goji berries, dessicated coconut, dried fruits (figs are always good), chopped nuts (I like sliced almonds), seeds (chia seeds give crunch) etc.
Melt the chocolate gently in a pan with the fat of choice (Oil, Butter or Coconut Oil)
Once it is melted add the vanilla, cinnamon and honey and stir well.
Using a flat tray line it with some greaseproof paper, or I recently invested in a silcone tray liner and it’s superb!
Spread the chocolate mix evenly on the tray using the back of a spoon or spatula.
Sprinkle on your selected toppings – Fruit, nuts, seeds, salt etc
Allow to cool and place in the fridge to set.
Break into pieces and enjoy!
It really is that simple. It takes minutes to make and I often make a double batch and keep some in the fridge for when I’m feeling like a treat.
I must say it’s the combination of the fruits and salt in this that really make this. It’s almost like salted caramel.
None! Just leave to harden in the fridge.
Paleo (ish!) the higher % chocolate the better with this
Good fats – from the oil and seeds/nuts/coconut
Full of antioxidants from the high chocolate content
Full of natural sweetness from the fruit and honey
Vegan (if you use coconut oil and dairy free chocolate)
I keep this in a sealed container and it will last weeks in the fridge – provided you don’t eat it all.
OK now I need to publish this post fast as I’ve eaten 4 pieces already writing this as it keeps reminding me of how good it is!