Guilt-free chocolate bark

Junk-free January has become a tradition for a few friends of mine. And while I don’t generally subscribe to the New Year resolution gang, a month of kicking into a healthier gear sets a great tone for the new year – it breaks bad habits of and sets up good new ones to take their place.

But cutting out “junk” does not mean that I can’t eat delicious desserts – that would simply be too much to bear.

So in the midst of Junk-free January, this dark chocolate bark became my new best friend – quick and easy to make, and wonderfully satisfying with its rich dark flavour. Plus, just in case that wasn’t enough, they’re also vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.

And all is it takes to make this happily guilt-free treat is…

  • 1 slab Lindt 99% cacao (50g)
  • 1 tsp liquid stevia
  • A handful of raw almonds (chopped)
  • A handful of dried fruit, chopped (I used apricots, but on second thought, cranberries would be amazing!)
  • A handful of coconut shavings

Instructions:

  • Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water
  • Once smooth and glossy, remove from heat, add the stevia, and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Pour onto a silicon baking mat and spread out to about ½cm thick
  • Sprinkle the nuts, fruit and coconut onto the chocolate, pressing down lightly to set them into the chocolate
  • Place in the fridge to set for 2-3 hours (this is definitely the hardest step of the recipe, but I promise it will be worth it!)
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