Chocolate Bark {paleo}

Hi friends!

I am so excited to finally: not vent about running, share a recipe and tell you that I have satisfied my chocolate cravings.

I was having some trouble because my criteria was tough: dairy free, sugar free, coconut oil free. Oh gosh. Coconut oil and cocoa powder is the ideal combo for making homemade “healthy chocolate”. Well since coconut is not an option for me right now (hello, we meet again tummy troubles) I got to experimenting.

Well I ended up making things harder and messier for myself by trying to be innovative. I first tried combining cocoa powder with everything I could think of. Pumpkin seed butter, hazelnut butter, peanut butter, grapeseed oil, sunflowerseed oil and cocoa powder will not make chocolate. Trust me on this one.

After doing some research, consulting with a self-proclaimed chocolate nerd and realizing I am not a chocolatier I bought chocolate. Cop out? Maybe. But necessary to get me started on my chocolate “bark” endeavor.

Baker's chocolate

Pure unsweetened baking chocolate. That’s what ya need.

It contains one ingredient: solid chocolate liquor, which is pure cocoa mass in liquid form [Source] with nothing added. Chocolate liquor is made from roasted cocoa beans that are then crushed and ground between large heated rollers. [Source] Who knew chocolate was so complicated?!

Anyways once I had my “cheat” ingredient it was pretty simple from there.

Bark1

Melt, mix, add, freeze, eat.

You’ll see.

Sidenote: it is called “bark” because the pieces are supposed to look like tree bark. Do we see the resemblance? Not sure I do but it’s chocolate so who cares.

Bark2

Chocolate Bark

Ingredients (Makes a 10×10 rectangle, approx 4 servings)

  • 112 grams (4 squares) pure, unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or more to taste – see note)
  • 2 tbsp. “mix-ins” (I used 1/2 tbsp of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds for one half; 1/2 tbsp of goji berries and walnuts for the other half) Other ideas: raisins, peanuts, almonds, coconut flakes, orange zest, nut butter?!

Instructions

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Add the chocolate to a small saucepan and turn heat to low. Please be patient and use low heat otherwise the chocolate will burn.

3. Watch carefully, the chocolate will begin to melt after about three minutes or so.

4. Once the chocolate is melting, add the honey and stir continuously until fully melted (about three-four more minutes).

5. Once melted, remove from heat and pour mixture onto the parchment paper.

6. Use a spatula to evenly spread out the mixture.

7. Sprinkle the cranberries/pumpkin seeds/goji berries/walnuts or add-ins of your choice onto the chocolate and lightly press them into the chocolate to stick.

8. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before breaking into “bark” (pieces) and enjoying — store in freezer.

Note: This tastes like true dark chocolate. Not a huge dark chocolate fan? Add more honey to make it sweeter.

Nutritional information (for 1/4 of the recipe using the add-ins specified): 223 calories, 27g carbs, 16g fat, 6g protein, 16g sugar (via MyFitnessPal)  

This has been the perfect treat and it’s all gone so I better make more. I’m thinking swirling some PB in there would be a prettyyyy good idea.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Questions of the day…

Have you made homemade chocolate before?

How do you make it?

How do you satisfy your dessert cravings?

64 thoughts on “Chocolate Bark {paleo}

  1. Could you imagine if chocolate trees actually existed and there was legitimate chocolate bark out there? Omigosh. I don’t think they’d do too well in the heat, though… which means they’d be perfect for Canada ;)

    I’ve always made my homemade chocolate with cocoa powder and coconut oil, so I have no idea how you’d do it otherwise. I will say that that baker’s chocolate reminds me of the time when I was little and would get hit by a craving with no chocolate in the house — I’d snack on those squares just to get my fix :lol:

  2. I’ve never made homemade chocolate before, but I’ve seen Angela do it on Oh She Glows and I’ve been wanting to try her method! But ultimately I get lazy and buy my chocolate too. :P I need to keep chocolate around for when my cravings hit!

  3. Looks delicious!! My sister once tried to make chocolate for us as kids using a hot chocolate powder mixed with water and put in the freezer, as a child that kind of chocolate making logic made sense. This looks and probably does taste A LOT better than that did ;)

  4. Yum this sounds great! Glad you found a way to satisfy your chocolate cravings! This seems like this would be such a perfect holiday gift for friends too.

  5. Oh my gosh, I love chocolate bark! I’ve made it lots of times. I’ve never seen this kind of baker’s chocolate before, but I’ll be on the hunt for it now. It looks awesome! I glad you found something that doesn’t bother your tummy!

  6. Literally the thought would never even cross my mind to make homemade chocolate, so I’m glad you just went ahead and bought some. These are all so cute. I love “bark” and “puppy chow” and “worms in a hole” and all of those weird foods that remind me of being at a sleepover when I was a little kid.

  7. Despite the whole ‘im a chocolate addict’ thing, I’ve never actually made homemade chocolate. I need to get on that! And I never really got why ‘bark’ was called as such – it certainly doesn’t resemble any tree bark I’ve ever seen. But it’s delicious, so that’s what counts :-p

  8. Haha you experimenting in the kitchen sounds a lot like myyyyy experiments in the kitchen and how they usually turn out—not good. I’ve found that it’s helpful to do a bit of research before just guessing myself because, well, I’m just not there yet. Hopefully one day! I’ve never even thought to make my own chocolate but this is probably a very wise idea.

    1. I feel ya on the research. You should have seen the first time I tried to make pancakes… awful. Now that is definitely one area I am comfortable with.

  9. Nom nom nom. Swirled PB sounds oh so mmmmm. I have never made chocolate before but my dad makes delicious truffles and one of my besties has a couple of fabulous bark recipes that I plan to steal and try.

  10. Yay! I’m so happy you found a chocolate recipe that works best for you!! I’m actually going to try this. My Paleo chocolate recipe I shared with you is no longer available for me anymore as I can no longer have any almonds. Therefore almond butter has to go, so sad! : (

  11. I wish trees were made of this.

    My attempts at homemade chocolate = bitter. Bittersweet is good, bitter is not good.

    Probably (definitely) going to try this!

  12. Wow this looks amazing! I love chocolate bark… especially white and dark chocolate peppermint bark around Christmas time! Looking forward to that this year!

  13. Niceeeeee! I don’t think it’s cheating at all! I almost forgot that you were going through the food restrictions. I’d love to hear how it’s all going- unless you already did and I missed the post on it?!

    1. Thanks girly! You didn’t miss a post… I’ve just been alluding that it’s challenging but I’m dealing with it but have not talked about how I’m feeling (and I’m actually feeling good!) I’m definitely planning on writing one soon-ish. Thank you so much for asking – means the world!

  14. I had to giggle like a 2 year old when I read the word ‘bark’ in the title…for a second I thought you had resorted to eating trees because of the dietary implications :P

    That looks really good, and easy enough to have a stab at! As a kid, i tried making chocolate. And by making chocolate it was freezing blobs of nutella.

  15. I have been meaning to make dark chocolate bark for so long and this I think has given me that push I needed! I’m definitely making it this weekend. So glad you posted this!

    -Elise @9toFit.com

  16. I’m so glad you found your chocolate fix! I also love this recipe for chocolate bark — I posted one on my blog years ago, but it calls for ingredients like candy melts with ingredients that I don’t use anymore. I’ll have to try this cleaned up version sometime!

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