Healthy yet indulgent-tasting coconut oil chocolate bark, made with 4 ingredients! It is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and includes a keto option, too!
An Easy, Healthy, Delicious Chocolate Bark Recipe
Valentines Day is almost here, and I have a perfect recipe for gifting and celebrating. It is go-soft-in-the-knees delicious, super-simple to make, and relatively frugal, too, plus naturally vegan, Paleo and gluten-free. I meant it when I said it is perfect!
The recipe in question is my decadent Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark, made with only 4 ingredients.
Don’t you want to reach into your screen and grab a piece, right now?
The essential ingredients for the bark are minimal:
The method for making this bark is equally minimal: melt the coconut oil on the stovetop, add the remaining ingredients, and spread on a sheet of parchment paper. From there, you have a blank canvas of dark chocolate goodness, primed for spangling with any and all sorts of toppings, such as coconut flakes, chopped dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and/or anything else that strikes your fancy.
It is ideal for gift-giving because you can personalize the toppings according the palate of your intended recipient. My Dad, brother and husband are less is more types (especially when it comes to chocolate); for example, some chopped almonds or hazelnuts, and, perhaps, a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.
Because I fall into the more is more chocolate category, I adorned this batch with chopped dried cranberries, smoked almonds, and large toasted coconut flakes.
If you like, stir some of the toppings into the coconut oil-cocoa mixture before spreading on the parchment. Lumpy-bumpy is a very good thing here!
While this is definitely a treat, and not low in calories, they are nutritious calories: coconut oil has a plethora of health benefits, cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants, and maple syrup is a natural, unrefined sweetener. Toppings such as nuts, seeds and dried fruit add even more nourishment. No worries about artificial junk making its way into your Valentine’s gift!
Make It Keto
It’s a cinch to make this bark keto-friendly: just swap the maple syrup for a keto-friendly liquid sweetener. Do not use dried fruit in the topping. Instead, use nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and, for a fruit option, freeze dried fruit (such as strawberries; you can find these in the baby food section of most supermarkets).
Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup and salt. Return to heat and whisk for 1 minute longer.
Scrape chocolate mixture onto prepared parchment paper; using a silicone spatula, spread to an even thickness (about 1/4-inch thick). Sprinkle with desired toppings.
Transfer baking sheet to the freezer (for 30 minutes) or refrigerator (for at least an hour) until bark is firm.
Transfer bark (on the parchment paper) to a cutting board and cut into about 25 pieces.
Variation: Stir about 1/3 to 1/2 of the toppings into chocolate mixture before spread on the parchment.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 month or the freezer for 6 months.
Keto Option: Replace the maple syrup with an equal amount of keto-friendly liquid sweetener. Do not use dried fruit in the topping. Instead, use nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and, for a fruit option, freeze dried fruit (such as strawberries; you can find these in the baby food section of most supermarkets).
Serving Size:1 piece (just the bark, not toppings)