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:
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Maple Syrup (or honey, if you are not vegan)
- Toppings (e.g., Nuts, Coconut and/or Dried Fruit)
How to Make It (Hint: It’s Quick & Easy)
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).
Happy chocolate, everyone!
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