I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. If a food is sugar-laden, chances are, I will enjoy it.
Of all things yummy, chocolate is my absolute BFF.
BUT, spending a lot of time with chocolate doesn’t mesh well with my overall health and fitness aims. So it’s a BFF that I only catch-up with on occasion.
Sad times, I know.
Switching to dark chocolate for the majority of my sweet-tooth fixes works pretty well; no dairy and less sugar means that the kick-ass health benefits of cacao make their impact AND I enjoy it (nearly) as much as milk and white.
Occasionally though, I want something a lil extra than just a couple of squares of plain dark choc. Whipping up a batch of chocolate bark is the perfect way to add a new twist to your dark chocolate, AND the best bit – it is super easy to throw together.
OK, so here is what you need:
- 200g of your fave dark choc (recommend min 70% cacao solids)
- ¼ cup of coconut butter
- Dried coconut flakes (optional – for added crunch)
FYI – coconut butter is NOT coconut oil. Coconut butter is basically the coconut version of peanut butter, pure blitzed coconut meat. If you haven’t tried it, then OMG, you are in for a treat as this stuff is sooooo freaking delish.
And, here’s what you do:
Step 1 – Gently melt the chocolate over a low heat. Pour half the melted chocolate over baking parchment and use a spoon to spread it out (spoon licking is optional, but recommended). Chill for about 10mins.
Step 2 – Spread a quarter cup of coconut butter over the (now-hardened) chocolate. If you live in a cool area, it may not be easily spreadable, so you can gently warm it as you did with the chocolate. Again, chill for another 10mins.
Step 3 – Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of the coconut and scatter with dried coconut (if you have). Chill for a final 10mins, or until set.
Step 4 – Break the bark into chunks. No need to be neat, it will still taste delicious either way. Enjoy!