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Dark Chocolate Bark with Pomegranates and Orange Zest

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pomegranates and Orange Zest
  • Quick & Easy!
  • Gluten Free!
Serves: 10Ready In: 15 minutes (plus chocolate set time)

Why We Like It

Dark chocolate is the perfect sweet treat!  Consider taking this bark to your next party or get together -- it works great as a gift too!

Melt the Chocolate:

1 cup dark chocolate chips (or dark chocolate bar, broken into large chunks, or use 1/2 cup dark chocolate and 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  You can either melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler pan. (The key is melting the chocolate slowly so it doesn’t burn).  If melting the chocolate in the microwave, cook in 20 second intervals, removing and stirring after every 20 seconds, until completely melted.

Stir in Add-ins:

1/2 cup sliced almonds (or other chopped nut of your choice)

Add to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.  Spread the chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper.  Use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate in a layer about 1/4 inch thick.

Add Toppings:

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Tbsp sliced almonds
1 Tbsp orange zest (grated orange peel)
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut (OPTIONAL, shredded)

Sprinkle the toppings on top of the chocolate.  Place in the refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes, then break into bite size pieces. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Serve and Enjoy!

Quick Tips

Depending on your preference of how bitter you like your dark chocolate (70% or higher is recommended), you can also use half dark chocolate and half semi-sweet chocolate.  Remember, read the ingredient label and find chocolate that is NOT processed with alkali (without alkali means more of the chocolate nutrients will have been preserved)!  See more about dark chocolate and its benefits in our Health by Chocolate coaching tip.

Avoid chocolate seizing!  If drops of water get into your chocolate or if you overcook the chocolate, it can cause the chocolate to “seize,” or turn into a paste (similar to adding water to flour).  Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to reverse it, so just make sure to melt your chocolate slowly!

If you have never seeded a pomegranate before, don’t be intimidated!  One easy way to do it is to first fill a bowl with cool water and then cut the pomegranate in half.  One at a time, place the pomegranate half in the water and pry the seeds out.  The water helps the white pulp float to the top which makes it easier to separate the seeds out.  See more in our coaching tip!

Nutrition Information for one serving

  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 4 mg