I love chocolate. Remember in the movie Elf when Buddy listed the main food groups as “candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup”? Out of my main food groups, chocolate probably is at the top of the pyramid.
I will probably eat chocolate every day for the rest of my life, but my friend and I wanted to create a recipe for her handbag company (check out Jenna Bee Handmade) that would sneak some health benefits into our chocolate snacking routine. Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, and we ran with that as the theme when thinking of what to put on top of this bark recipe. Dried strawberries are a great source of fiber, and hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds have healthy fats and protein. While this isn’t necessarily a “health food”, this antioxidant chocolate bark is easy to make, beautiful, and basically guilt-free.
Make sure you use high quality chocolate (like Guittard) for this recipe. Try switching up the toppings to whatever you like!
Antioxidant Chocolate Bark
- 12 oz of Dark Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup Freeze dried Strawberries
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Coconut
- 2 tablespoons Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
- 2 tablespoons Craisins
- 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Seeds
- Wax Paper
Heat 8oz of the chopped chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler. When the chocolate just becomes melted, immediately remove from heat and add in remaining 4oz of chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Smooth the chocolate with a spatula until it is about ¼ inch thick.
Now for the fun part… gently sprinkle the toppings onto the melted chocolate as desired. Pop it in the freezer for a few minutes, until set. Break off a piece and enjoy!