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Chocolate almond bark

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I am such a sucker for some good chocolate, but have you seen the price tag attached to organic vegan dark chocolate? When I began venturing into the raw lifestyle, I discovered how easy, healthy and delicious homemade chocolate actually is. I have made homemade chocolate more times than I can count over the last 2 years, and it never occurred to me to add some almonds to make a scrumptious almond bark. Well, I added almonds a few weeks ago, and it brought my homemade chocolate to a whole new level.

And, on a holiday note, this would make a great homemade gift!

Chocolate Almond Bark

  • 1 cup of raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup or more of liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup or coconut syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, liquid form
  • 1/2 cup of coconut butter, liquid form
  • 1/2 cup of almonds or nut of choice.
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla flavor
  1. Make sure your coconut oil and coconut butter are in a liquid state. You can slightly heat them on very low on the stove top.
  2. Add the oil, butter and cacao powder in a mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Add the liquid sweetener, and vanilla flavor. Stir.
  4. Now mix in the almonds.
  5. Pour the chocolate and almond mixture in a 9 x 9 glass square dish.
  6. Place in the freezer for about an hour.
  7. Once the chocolate is hard, take it out of the freezer and break into pieces. Either put the chocolate bark back in the freezer or place in the fridge.
  8. If you leave the chocolate at room temperature too long it will become slightly soft because of the coconut oil.

Options:

  • Substitute the almonds for any nut or add in some dried fruit.
  • Use only coconut oil in the recipe, if you don’t have coconut butter.
  • You can easily double the recipe. I did it the second time around making it.
  • Add another flavor of extract for the recipe, such as mint.

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27 Responses to Chocolate almond bark

  1. Amber Edwards December 3, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Oh my that is delicious!! I’m pinning this for next week when we start our Holiday baking!!

  2. Krystyna @ Spring Mountain December 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    This looks great! And it’s nice to see a sweetener option that ISN’T refined sugar.

    • Good Girl Gone Green December 6, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      You could probably replace the honey liquid etc with date paste or raisin paste to completely eliminate added sugar. I love using date paste but I ran out of dates before making the chocolate. oops! :)

  3. Jonathan December 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    This would be delicious with cashews too. They are my favorite nuts.

  4. Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) December 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Oh My! This looks delicious. I never thought to make my own chocolate. I have been wanting to make coconut butter as well, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. Now I know!

  5. Mama Syder December 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Great recipe, Thanks! Looks yummy x

  6. Leah @ Crunchy Farm Baby December 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Whaaaaaaaat!? I had no idea you could make your own chocolate so easily! It’s probably super dangerous that I know about this!!

  7. Anna@Green Talk December 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Do you think I can use liquid stevia? Add rosemary to your chocolate. Trust me. It is amazing.

    • Good Girl Gone Green December 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

      Yes! I am sure stevia would work. I will try the rosemary. Can I use dried?

  8. Crystelle from CrystelleBoutique December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Oh my! I did not know i could make my own chocolate that has “healthy” ingredients….! I am so making this… TODAY!
    I need chocolate :)
    thank you so much for letting us know about this recipe…!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  9. Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) December 6, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Oh man, this sounds delicious! Where do you get your coconut butter? It’s really expensive at my local store.

  10. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) December 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    As always your recipe looks amazing! YUM! I love to make a special bark around the holidays! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
    I hope to see you again this week!

    Stop by this week to see if you were the winner of the Sugar and Spice Prize pack! We had a super great variety of recipes and entries this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  11. Jessica December 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    That looks sooooooo good right now!!!!!! I’ll have to try this one, too, everything you make is so good! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday!

  12. Ella @ Lifeologia December 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Yum! I love this ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe at the last Potluck Party – I’ve extended it so it runs through this week also. (you’re welcome to add something new if you wish ;))
    http://www.lifeologia.com/potluck-party-bringing-in-the-holidays-vegan-and-gluten-free-recipes/

    Ps. Just wanted to remind you about the FREE recipe eBook I have – hope you grabbed a copy ;)
    http://www.lifeologia.com/ellas-gluten-free-vegan-holidays-ebook-is-here/
    xoxo

    Happy Holidays!
    Ella

    xo
    Ella

  13. janice February 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Great recipe. I made mine in candy molds. I pop one bitesize piece out when I feel the urge for chocolate.
    Janice

    • De February 15, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      Great idea! I have lots of molds to use, this should work great in them. Thanks!

  14. De February 15, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    This looks so simple! Candy always seems to be such an involved process. I cannot use the cacao, I am ultra sensitive to the caffeine-like effects but plan to try with carob powder in its place. Thank you for the recipe. Oh, and also the recipe for the coconut butter. I plan to try that as well.

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