Easter Chocolate Bark
Sweeten up your Easter with this timeless Chocolate Bark recipe, topped with your favourite bits and bobs for the special occasion. Chocolate Bark takes no time to whip up, will impress your guests and keep your beloved organs relatively happy. It’s also a super treat to make with and/or for the kids! You only need three main ingredients to make the chocolate base – coconut oil, cacao and maple syrup – then we’ll show you how to get creative with your bark and enjoy the fruits of your labour – Happy Easter x
•1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
•1/2 cup cacao powder, sifted if necessary
•1/4 cup pure maple syrup
•a pinch fine sea salt
•1/4 cup coconut milk (optional)
•1 tablespoon smooth almond butter (optional)
•1 1/2 cups of your choice of toppings
Here’s some examples of nuts, seeds, fruits and spices you could choose from:
•Coconut chips (topping only)
•Activated slow roasted nuts
•Slightly crushed Easter eggs
•Raw buckwheat (great for crunch)
How To Make:
1. Prepare a tray with baking paper.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat till liquid.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao, maple syrup and, if using, coconut milk and almond butter.
4. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste.
5. Stir in half of the fruit/nut mixture not including coconut chips.
6. Using a spatula, spoon the chocolate mixture onto the prepared lined pan or sheet and smooth out until it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. You can make your bark in ‘shapes’ if you prefer a neat look or make into one big tree bark which you will break up.
7. Sprinkle on the remaining nuts & fruits and all of the coconut flakes.
8. Place into the fridge for about an hour or the freezer for about 15 minutes, until hard.
9. Once hardened (the freezer is better for bark) break apart into bark.
10. Can be stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat depending on how you like your bark.
Make it the way you like it!
You can make one big tree bark, freeze it then break it up OR make your own ‘bark’ shapes.
Try out different flavours or stick to your families fav! If you’re looking for a fresh combo try out pomegranate pips to lighten the load. If you like a bit of crunch in your bark add raw buckwheat for crunch. Do you appreciate a bit of chew in your choc? How about dried apricots, crystallised ginger or acai berries for a real twist? Want to keep the kids happy and feel good about your Easter treats find your favourite easter eggs a lightly crunch then sprinkle on top or use your favourite gelatine free jelly bean for a good compromise. And remember – kids love baking almost as much as eating it so include your kids from start to finish for some family fun!
Love to celebrate Easter with an abundance of Easter Eggs?
Find your favourite eggs and crush them lightly, then add to your ‘topping mix’ to create a stunning Easter Bark!!
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