This Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe will quickly become one of your favourite homemade treats. Roasted almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, all enveloped in dark chocolate – a very nutty, very chocolaty treat that is so simple to make.
Have you ever tried to buy chocolate bark with nuts? It can get a little pricey. Yes, I understand that you pay for the quality of the ingredients. However, once you realize how truly simple and quick it is to have your own homemade bark, with quality ingredients, I assure you, you will never buy commercial again.
To make chocolate bark even more appealing, those ingredients that you add to it (nuts, fruit, etc…) can be switched up depending on the season. For example, at Christmas, I will usually add some fresh pomegranate seeds (since they are in season); for Valentine’s Day, some goji berries (I talk about these berries in this recipe for Goji Berry Almond Date Energy Bites). That makes this Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe a great year-round hostess gift – make it whenever you like, and modify it according to what you have handy! Since it’s fall right now, I thought it would be fun to use pumpkin and sunflower seeds in this particular version of the bark.
How can you not smile when you see a sunflower? Sunflowers were recently gifted to my daughter for her birthday and I could not help but take a picture of them. They were absolutely beautiful!
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but sunflowers are my favorite flowers…
A couple of years ago, I had the brilliant idea of planting sunflowers all along my back yard fence. Can you guess what happened to my beautiful sunflowers in the fall? Well, do you remember the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner? Instead of baseball heroes coming to visit, we had squirrels… about a half dozen or so. That was quite the experience as the squirrels ended up feasting not only on the sunflower seeds, but on our pears, apples and grapes. Needless to say, I never planted sunflowers again.
Did you know that certain areas of Italy are known for their sunflower fields. I sometimes wonder if Tuscany’s sunflower fields have similar challenges with squirrels.
Anyway. If you are lucky enough to grow your own sunflowers and still have access to the seeds, you will need to roast about 3/4 of a cup for this recipe. We will also need to roast about 1 cup of almonds and 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds before adding to the dark chocolate.
Please note that the specific measurements have only been provided as a guideline. Feel free to vary the type and amount of nuts and/or seeds. As far as the ratio is concerned, once again, adjust to your own personnel preference. I love a nutty chocolate bark so I use lots of nuts and seeds.
Once the nuts have been roasted, it is time to melt the chocolate.
Break the dark chocolate into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat and stir to finish melting. Stir in the nuts and spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
Nutrition tip: Did you know that dark chocolate, in particular, is a great source of antioxidants? But not all dark chocolates were created equally. In order to get all the benefits, choose dark chocolate that has at least 70% cacao solids. When looking at the list of ingredients, it should be the first one labelled. Cacao is the ingredient which contains the flavonols (those are the all-important anti-oxidants). As far as the amount you should be eating, limit yourself to 1-2 squares per day – more is not better. And remember, don’t gulp a glass of milk at the same time, as studies have shown that milk interferes with the absorption of the anti-oxidants. And always share your squares!
Place the chocolate bark in the fridge for about 10 minutes and then break it into pieces.
…and just like that you have made this wonderful Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe!
Origins of Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe:
I first started making chocolate bark when I read a recipe by Bonnie Stern in the food section of the National Post. Today, variations of this recipe can be found everywhere.
This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and rarely lasts more that one week in my household. It can easily be stored for up to ten days in an airtight container.
This Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe will quickly become one of your favorites!
Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe
Here is an Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Bark Recipe that will quickly become your very nutty, very chocolaty special simple treat.
- 400 grams dark chocolate (70%)
- 1 cup roasted almonds (coarsely chopped)
- 3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Break the dark chocolate into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
Bring a pot of water to a simmer.
Set bowl of chocolate over pot of water. Ensure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat and stir to finish melting.
Combine the toasted nuts with the melted chocolate.
Spread out mixture on the parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thick.
Refrigerate for about 10 minutes or until set.
Break or cut into chunks.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.
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