Who loves chocolate?
Who loves chocolate that’s healthy, refined sugar-free, and totally delectable? *obnoxiously raises hand*
If you’re looking for a healthy, yet sinfully chocolatey dessert for this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this Whole Food Bark. Guys, I’m telling you: this stuff will bring all the boys to the yard.
What are your plans for the big V-Day? I shared my true feelings about Valentine’s Day last week. But I am boyfriend-less this year, so Valentine’s Day is my Single’s Awareness Day. I’m looking forward to a night filled with Netflix, wine, and this chocolate bark. Lame? Perhaps. Perfect for low-maintenance me? Absolutely.
This bark is amazing. And ridiculously simple. And amazing. And entirely healthy. And amazing. Treat yo’ self. And (if you have one) yo’ Valentine’s self.
We’re using the chocolate recipe that I’ve used a few times on Fooduzzi: a simple mixture of cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, and salt. I found this recipe on Angela’s Instagram, and I have been obsessed ever since. Due to the fact that coconut oil is the fat in this recipe, this bark doesn’t do well in warm temperatures. That’s fine with me; I believe that all chocolate should be cold so that it slowly melts into a puddle of delicious brown love on your tongue. The definition of perfection.
To top, pick your favorite superfoods. I chose a simple combination of dried figs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cashews, flaked coconut, and pink salt. Not the most colorful ingredients, but I worked with what I had. They’re not to shabby nutrition-wise; we’re getting a powerful punch of protein, healthy fats, potassium, vitamins, and calcium! I think some fresh fruit (like pomegranate seeds – LOVE) would be wonderful. Add some color and make it beautiful for you (plus or minus your Valentine).
Stick all of this whole food goodness in the fridge (or freezer if you’re desperate for your chocolate fix), and marvel as your chocolate creation becomes an addictive Valentine’s Day treat that you can share with a loved one. Though I won’t judge if you’re keeping it all for yourself…I’m totally right there with you.
Whole Food Bark
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A practically-instant delectable chocolate dessert perfectly suited for Single's Awareness Day.
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- splash pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Topping ideas: nuts, fresh fruit, seeds, coconut, almond butter, dried fruit, etc.
- Mix coconut oil, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl.* Pour onto a small baking sheet.
- Lightly press toppings into chocolate. Set in the fridge or freezer to set. Once set, cut with a sharp knife or break in pieces. Store in the fridge or freezer.
*Chocolate recipe from Angela at Oh She Glows.
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