The great thing about natural health food stores is their chocolate supply. No matter the store, chances are you can find vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and naturally sweetened chocolates. They have a variety of flavors and ingredients for chocolate chips, chunks or bars. One of our favorite treats are gourmet dark chocolate bars loaded with almonds and sea salt. The particular brand we love to buy is found at our health food stores. Unfortunately for us, those bars are around 4-5 dollars each. There’s got to be a better way, right!?
Yes there is. Now sometimes we treat ourselves to these bars and savor each and every bite… but to enjoy this kind of treat more often, we’ve found another option. Homemade chocolate bark is pretty simple to make with the same great ingredients. The plus side to this recipe is that we can make it as sweet or as almond-y as we please.
We upped the health factor with this bark in a couple ways. We added in maca powder to the melted chocolate to help give a rich, malty flavor. We used raw whole almonds for lots of protein but to also reap all those health benefits from raw nuts. And lastly, using the best sea salt you can find will pack in those minerals and a fantastic flavor. Make it sweet and salty and enjoy every bite!
Dark Chocolate Almond Bark with Sea Salt
4 ounces Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 1/2 teaspoons Liquid Vanilla Stevia
1 teaspoon Maca Powder
2/3 cup Raw Whole Almonds
1- 1 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
Roughly chop chocolate and melt slowly on the stove on in the microwave with the oil. Stir until melted. If the chocolate becomes too hot, allow to cool for a few moments. Add in the vanilla stevia and maca powder and mix. Stir in the almonds. Pour the mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and place in the fridge to set, about 15-20 minutes. Break into pieces and enjoy.