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Crazy Good Coconut Oil “Chocolate” Bark

This homemade chocolate is made with just a few essential ingredients – virgin coconut oil, cocoa or cacao powder, and pure maple syrup. (Feel free to use whichever liquid sweetener you prefer). The virgin coconut oil replaces the cocoa butter found in traditional chocolate so while it needs to be kept in the freezer, it’s a great way to sneak some coconut oil into your day. You can also use any toppings you’d like – dried fruit, nuts, + seeds all work lovely. It melts much faster than regular chocolate, so be sure to keep it chilled until ready to enjoy. Straight from the freezer is very enjoyable!

Plus, this makes for a great Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

Prep time: 15 minutes                    Chill time: 15 minutes                    Makes: 15 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup large flake dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder, sifted if necessary
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon smooth almond / peanut butter, optional
  • pinch fine sea salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 150C. Line a 9 inch square pan or a small baking sheet with two pieces of baking paper, one going each way. Then set aside.

2. Add hazelnuts and almonds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet and add the coconut flakes and spread out. Continue roasting the nuts and coconut flakes for another 3-4 minutes, or until the coconut is lightly golden. Watch closely to avoid burning – coconut burns fast!

3. Place hazelnuts on several sheets of damp paper towel. Wrap the hazelnuts and rub them vigorously with the paper towel until the skins fall off. It’s okay if some skins doesn’t come off. Discard the skins and roughly chop the hazelnuts and almonds.

4. In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa (or cacao) powder, maple syrup, and almond / peanut butter (if using) until smooth. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Stir in half of the almonds and hazelnuts.

5. With a spatula, spoon the chocolate mixture onto the prepared parchment-lined pan or sheet and smooth out until it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle on the remaining nuts and all of the coconut flakes. Place into freezer on a flat surface for about 15 minutes, until frozen solid.

6. Once frozen, break apart into bark. Store in the freezer until ready to eat. It isn’t recommended to keep it out on the counter long because it melts fast.

Tip:

To make this nut-free, simply omit the almond butter, hazelnuts, and almonds. It will still turn out just fine! You can try adding toasted sunflower seeds on top for a little crunch.