This easy raw chocolate bark is topped with dried pomegranate and a healthy sorghum cereal for a crispy, melt in your mouth treat. Perfect for gift giving or keeping in the freezer for any time a craving hits.
I’m a total sucker for chocolate. I eat baking chocolate if there’s nothing else around, and rarely go a day without eating at least one piece. Maybe never. It’s either chocolate or potatoes around here.
This raw chocolate bark satisfies all my chocolate cravings, and it’s a healthier alternative to regular chocolate, even dark chocolate. Raw chocolate is high in magnesium and iron, both very important building blocks for your body. As a plant-based eater I tend to be low in both of those elements – though not everyone is! – and find that some raw chocolate can help balance me out especially when my hormones are out of whack.
That’s obviously not to say that a couple pieces of raw chocolate bark a day can replace your iron supplements or magnesium pills if you’re low in either. Clearly. But if, like me, you are a bit on the low side, it doesn’t hurt to choose this instead of a higher sugar chocolate from the store. (PS as I write this I’m eating a “milk” chocolate bar my omi gave me for St. Nikolaus Day, so what do I know.) BUT if I did have this raw chocolate bark kicking around it’d definitely be my first choice, not only because it’s healthier – it also tastes awesome, really, way better than anything you can buy.
Full disclosure: this was made as part of a sponsored giveaway post for my instagram, so it features a chocolate coconut sorghum cereal from a specific brand, Organic Traditions. You can get dried pomegranate in health food stores and online, and other freeze dried fruits would make a great alternative. The sorghum cereal is a bit trickier, but anything crunchy and slightly sweet will make a good substitute. Just about any kind of cereal (gluten free or not, doesn’t matter unless it does to you) will be good as long as it’s crispy.
All that being said, you can top the basic bark with anything you like. It’s simple, just five ingredients in total – including vanilla and salt – and you store it in the freezer. I don’t bother with fully tempering my raw chocolate bark because it’s easy to freeze it and I love the feeling of how quickly it melts in your mouth. This recipe is slightly adapted from the chocolate coating of my raw bounty bars, and inspired by a pomegranate orange raw chocolate I shared last winter.
Keeping it in the freezer ensures the bark is crisp, so it might not be the best thing to gift unless you don’t need to transport it very far. It’s a lovely addition to a dessert platter around the holidays, but just make sure you only put small amounts out at a time. Or keep it all for yourself. Happy holidays to you!
- 50 grams / 1/4 cup cacao butter
- 2 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup)
- 35 grams / 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Tiny pinch sea salt
- 20 grams / 1/4 cup dried pomegranate arils
- 40 grams / 1/4 cup coconut chocolate sorghum cereal*
- Place a square of parchment paper onto a cutting board or baking sheet, and set aside.
- In a heat proof glass bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water, gently melt the cacao butter. Once melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the honey until fully combined. It should look like softened butter.
- Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and salt, and whisk again to combine. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared parchment paper and smooth into a large, thin rectangle, a few mm thick.
- Top the chocolate with the pomegranate and cereal, then place it into the freezer for at least two hours. Once frozen solid, break the bark into pieces and store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to a week (or longer, if it lasts that long).
• This post has good instructions and a picture showing what the honey and cacao butter mixture should look like. You're going for a buttery look.
* As noted above, any type of crispy cereal will work well here. This is what's pictured, and it's delicious, but the toppings are totally up to you.