The gift giving season has officially started and today’s recipe, chocolate almond bark, is the perfect edible gift that will cheer anyone on your list. My version is vegan and made with wholesome ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and almonds.
This post is sponsored by American Greetings, but as always all opinions are my own.
Since the day our guests left, I have been in the kitchen testing cookie recipes one after another. As I usually do every year, I have signed up for more cookie exchanges than one person can handle, but I have no regrets as I am enjoying all the cookie testing happening in my kitchen. My oven is working overtime, radio is in full blast, and the twinkling lights on our Christmas tree makes my heart fill with joy.
Speaking of Christmas… Now that it is officially the gifting season, today’s recipe, chocolate almond bark, is an easy-to-make edible gift that you can make in less than 30 minutes, with only a 10-minute hands on time. It is my healthier take on the classic chocolate bark recipe that is made by melting semi-sweet baking chocolate and mixing it with various nuts and dried fruits. While that version is a stellar one, my take on it is vegan and a little bit more wholesome, made with coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. To make it fun and festive, in addition to some maple-roasted and sea-salted almonds, I also sprinkled my chocolate bark with some colorful dried fruits.
How To Make Chocolate Almond Bark Video (58 seconds)
The Easiest Way to Make Someone Happy – Put a Bow on it & Attach a Handwritten Card:
I don’t know about you, but I have never met anyone who wouldn’t light up when they see chocolate with a bow around it. That is why, I placed my chocolate almond bark in clear bags and tightened them with a ribbon around it. I also included a handwritten card that I got from Target. If you are a big fan of Target as I am, you know that they have a great greeting card section. Everytime I go there, I lose myself in those beautifully designed and crafted cards and usually end up picking more than I need. This year was no different, I picked a bunch of cards from their Papyrus line and I am so excited to include them along with my edible gifts.
A Few Helpful Tips On The Recipe:
While the recipe is pretty straightforward, below I am including a few tips to help you as you make it for your loved ones:
– When I first made this recipe, I felt as though the coconut oil-maple syrup-cocoa powder mixture was way too thin. If you have ever tried your hand in making chocolate bark out of baking chocolate, you know that the texture is creamy and spreadable. While my version was still spreadable, it was less creamier than the classic recipe so I couldn’t help but worry that it wouldn’t thicken. However, after a short 15-20 minutes in the freezer, it thickened beautifully. If you feel the same way, no worries, because the recipe below is foolproof.
– While I am a huge fan of dark chocolate-almond-sea salt combination, you can get as creative as you want. That is the beauty of this recipe. Feel free to play around with your favorite nuts and dried fruits. Or if you are a die-hard salted dark chocolate almond bark, just leave it as it is without any of the toppings.
– As in most edible gifts, I recommend packing these on the day you plan to gift them. You can certainly make this recipe a day or two in advance, and after it fully thickens in the freezer, keep in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to share them with your loved ones.
Whether you are trying to make a kid happy or impress a colleague with a thoughtful gift, this easy-to-make and fairly inexpensive edible gift along with a handwritten card will surely get the job done. And if you feel like you are not good with words, no need to worry because Target’s greeting card section has a card for everyone with beautifully written words that is perfect for the occasion. So head on over there to shop for all your Christmas greeting card needs and be sure to make this festive and colorful chocolate almond bark recipe to spread the joy.Print
Chocolate Almond Bark
Today’s recipe, chocolate almond bark, is the perfect edible gift that will cheer anyone on your list. My version is made with wholesome ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and almonds.
This recipe is adapted (with several changes) from Oh She Glow’s Crazy Good Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark Recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Freezing
- Cuisine: American
For the roasted almond:
- ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
For the chocolate bark:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup dried fruit, chopped *I used cranberry and apricot
- 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread almond over the sheet and drizzle it with maple syrup. Sprinkle it with sea salt. Give it a toss and roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Let it cool on the counter.
- Spread another baking sheet (or a casserole dish) with parchment paper and set it aside.
- To make the chocolate bark, heat coconut oil in a pan just until it is melted. Transfer it into a bowl. Whisk in the cocoa powder and maple syrup. Mix until smooth.
- Mix in the half of the roasted almond mixture into the chocolate. Spread the mixture onto the sheet. Sprinkle it with the rest of the almonds, dried fruit, and coconut flakes.
- Place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- Break the chocolate bark into small pieces and serve.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 335
- Sugar: 17.6g
- Sodium: 25.7mg
- Fat: 26.9g
- Carbohydrates: 26.9g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 4.4g
- Cholesterol: 0g
When shopping for your holiday cards this year, be sure to check out the fun and festive options offered by American Greetings at Target!