Autumn Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark

by Kaitlynn Fenley
Autumn Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark piece centered between other pieces.

We are HUGE fans of chocolate bark, specifically this homemade autumn spiced dark chocolate bark! You don’t have to eliminate desserts and sweets to be healthy. It’s just important to choose healthier options with gut-healthy ingredients. This chocolate bark is loaded with delicious autumn spices and fiber-rich ingredients like seeds, gluten-free pretzels, and goji berries.

I think homemade chocolate bark is always better than store-bought. When you make it at home, you get to control how many ingredients are thrown into the chocolatey mix. I definitely love lots of crunch, salt and flavor in my sweets. For this recipe I added autumn spices too. The cinnamon sends the flavor over the top.

Chocolate Bark Ingredients

I had a little trouble deciding on which chocolate to use, but we went with the Trader Joes Fair Trade Organic 72% Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar. It’s dairy free, and I can’t have dairy so that works. You can totally use whatever chocolate is your favorite, though!

For the seedy base I mixed salted sunflower seeds, chia seeds, a bit of coconut oil, and autumn spices. For the toppings I had to use my absolute favorite gluten free pretzels, my favorite dried berries, and nutritious pumpkin seeds. Honestly, I wanted some color contrast for pictures so the goji berries and pumpkin seeds worked perfectly.

Prepping the Ingredients

It’s best to gather and measure all your ingredients before you start melting the chocolate. I like to break up my pretzels and prep the seedy base first, then I start melting the chocolate. Also, make sure you use a deep enough dish to make the bark. The more shallow the dish, the more thin your bark will be, and that’s no fun.

This recipe is great for the holidays. It’s a super easy dessert for parties and for gifts! Enjoy!

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Autumn Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark

We are HUGE fans of chocolate bark, specifically this homemade autumn spiced dark chocolate bark! You don’t have to eliminate desserts and sweets to be healthy. It’s just important to choose healthier options with gut-healthy ingredients. This chocolate bark is LOADED with delicious autumn spices, seeds, gluten free pretzels and goji berries.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil
  • 3 Bars of Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Cup Pretzels, Broken Up
  • 1/3 Cup Goji Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ginger, cinnamon, and melted coconut oil. 
  2. Line a rectangular baking pan (about 11 x 7 x 2) with parchment paper on all sides
  3. Spread autumn spiced seed mixture into the bottom of the pan, making one thin even layer. 
  4. Measure and prep the topping ingredients. Crush the pretzels and measure out the goji berries and pumpkin seeds. 
  5. Heat a double boiler over medium heat. As you bring the water to a boil, chop your dark chocolate into small pieces.
  6. Once the water is boiling, place the chopped chocolate in the top portion of the double boiler. Use a spatula to stir the chocolate continuously until it melts.
  7. Carefully remove the top bowl and place on a heatproof surface. 
  8. Pour melted chocolate into your baking pan lined with the seed and autumn spice mixture. Gently tap pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles and evenly distribute the chocolate.
  9. Allow chocolate to cool and set for about 10 minutes. Then, add your pretzels, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Gently tap pan on the counter again to set toppings into the chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  10. Allow to cool completely, then cut into pieces and enjoy! 

Notes

Cooling time: at room temperature this can take up to 6 hours. You can also cool the chocolate bark in the fridge for about 1 hour. 

Keywords: vegan, gluten free, chocolate, bark

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