I’m kind of obsessed with desserts these days. I love creating healthier versions of my favorite treats. About a month ago, I was screwing around on Pinterest, and came across a recipe for candy bark. You know, melted milk chocolate, covered with candy corn, M & Ms, marshmallows and colored sprinkles. My oldest daughter saw it and said, “Mommy, let’s make these but put goji berries on them.” A lightbulb went on above my head and soon after we redesigned this sugar-laden concoction with great success.
I swapped the milk chocolate for 80% vegan dark chocolate. I also threw in some coconut oil and raw cacao. Instead of the usual processed garbage candy, I topped this bad boy with goji berries, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut and some organic dried cherries. If I would have been on top of my game that day, I would have thrown some chia seeds on there too.
I brought it up to Sun Valley for my friend Lanette's birthday bash. Everyone loved it and the response could be compared to that of a Herbal Essence commercial. (Yes, there may have been some moaning.) It was that good.
For the Bark
2 bags dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
2 tablespoons raw cacao (optional)
Toppings (Pick And Choose)
Raw nuts (I used almonds)
Place the chocolate (and coconut oil and cacao if you’re using it) in a heat-proof glass bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. (Don’t let the bowl touch the water) Stir often until the chocolate is completely melted.
Next, quickly scrape the chocolate into a tin-foil lined pan. (I use a 9 x 13) Make sure the chocolate is spread evenly and then sprinkle with the toppings of your choice.
Let sit for about 10-15 minutes.
Lift bark from pan by pulling up on foil. Cut or break into pieces.