With the holidays around the corner, it may seem like a scramble to get all the gifts ordered, picked up, and wrapped, so I always find the time to make a few special gifts, like my Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Bark. This sweet and salty chocolate bark is so incredibly quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a double boiler! My shortcut is to soften the chocolate at a low temperature in the oven, saving me time from having to constantly stir a bowl- and also saving time from those extra dirty dishes.
But the real treat for my Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Bark is that it’s packed with antioxidants, showing your loved ones with a sweet tooth that they can get their dose of sugar without the guilt. Dark chocolate is known to be rich in antioxidants, and when you top it off with heart-healthy nuts and seeds (also high in antioxidants), then you’ve got a delicious chocolate bar packed with nutritious ingredients. Wrap up the Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Bark in festive wrapping paper or containers, and just watch the delight as they open up your special homemade gift.
- 12 ounces dark chocolate morsels
- ¼ cup pecan halves
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 1 tsp shelled hemp seeds
- ½ tsp coconut flakes
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- Pinch of coarse sea salt
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Spread out pecans, almonds, and pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Do not turn off the oven.
- Spread the chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set it in the oven for about 5 minutes. As soon as the chocolate has softened, take out the pan.
- Use a spatula to spread the chocolate out to an even layer, about ⅛ inch thick. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on the chocolate, then add all of the remaining ingredients.
- To cool and harden the chocolate, slide the slab on the parchment onto a flat surface, like a counter or cutting board. Leave out for at least one hour to cool.
- For chocolate bars, cut with a sharp knife and wrap with wax paper first, then use wrapping paper and twine. For a gift box, break chocolate into random sized pieces and put in a festive container. Store in a cool, dry place.