Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe for the Holidays

I recently had a chance to make this healthy dark chocolate bark recipe on a blog trip I went on. I loved being able to create a traditional holiday recipe and tweak it a bit to make it healthier. Most of the chocolate bark recipes I’ve seen before use milk or white chocolate and a variety of candy pieces or ice cream toppings. Since those tend to be fairly high in sugar and artificial food coloring, I don’t make it a lot. With these tweaks, I’m planning on making a few batches this year. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe for the Holidays

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe

Dark chocolate bark makes a great holiday gift. It’s easy to make and looks festive in a gift box or on a Christmas plate for holiday gift giving. We always give a small gift to the mailman, UPS, and FedEx delivery people since they visit is so often and this is an affordable gift idea.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe for the Holidays

Chocolate bark is easy to customize. You can add all sorts of extras to it depending on your taste preferences or food allergies. I prefer to avoid artificial food dyes. Luckily there are a lot of food based dyes that work quite well if you decide to go with white chocolate instead of dark. Just keep in mind that the sugar content of white chocolate is higher than that of dark chocolate. If you do add candy to it, be sure you look at the ingredients and keep it to a minimum.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe for the Holidays

In this recipe, I used dehydrated strawberries, banana chips, and yogurt covered raisins in place of the traditional candy, cookie crumbles, and nuts. You can use dried fruits, walnuts or anything else you’d like to top your bark. Consider the overall color scheme of the bark when making your choices. I did drizzle a tiny bit of melted white chocolate on top to make it pretty. If you stick with unsweetened toppings, this is a great Paleo chocolate bark gift!

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe for the Holidays
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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg of dark chocolate chunk pieces
  • Dehydrated or freeze dried strawberries
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Banana chips
  • other toppings as desired

Instructions

  1. Heat water to a simmer in a pot on the stove.
  2. Place the dark chocolate chunk pieces in a metal bowl and set it on top of the pot. You can use a double boiler if you have one.
  3. Heat very gently until melted. Do not let the water boil or the chocolate will become lumpy and you'll have to start over.
  4. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper, gently pour the melted chocolate.
  5. Tap the cookie sheet to spread out the chocolate and use a spatula to even it out.
  6. Get creative and add your desired toppings to the bark. Make it pretty.
  7. Refrigerate for a few hours until solid.
  8. Break it in pieces and enjoy. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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Pro Tip:

This is such a delicious holiday treat to make and your friends and family will never know how simple it is to make. PRO TIP: If you find your dark chocolate gets a bit too thick, you can thin it a bit with the tiniest amount of coconut oil. Don’t add too much!

This really just does take a few minutes to make. I snapped these photos on my blog trip to show you how easy it was. I hope you enjoy this healthy dark chocolate bark recipe!


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Comments

  1. Darcy Koch says:
    I have just recently acquired a taste for dark chocolate. It is certainly healthier than milk chocolate.
  2. This looks delicious (and pretty)! I love that is has fruit on top.
  3. Lisa Queen says:
    This looks like a really good recipe. I think I will be trying it for the holidays. Thanks!
  4. Dana Rodriguez says:
    Wow that looks delicious!
  5. I love how easy this recipe is! The addition of fruit adds health to the bark. I'd add freeze dried blueberries too!
  6. Darcy Koch says:
    I have recently acquired a taste for dark chocolate. It has health benefits and that is why I switched.
  7. I use Trader Joe's unsweetened cocoa powder to get my chocolate fix but this looks enticing! I'll have to check out their freeze dried strawberries since I haven't tried them yet.
  8. Vikki Billings says:
    This looks so good! I have never been a big fan of dark chocolate, but since I've learned about its benefits I have started eating it and it has grown on me. I am going to make this Healthy Dark chocolate bark. Thank you for sharing this great recipe~
  9. kelly woods says:
    This looks good, thank you for sharing
  10. Oh that looks so good! I always love to bring treats to the relatives for the holidays, I am going to have to try this one this year!!!!

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