Quinoa Dark Chocolate Bark | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark – a sweet holiday gift!You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark - makes a great holiday gift! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED (affiliate links):
Baking sheet: Nordicware Baker’s Half Sheet Pan
Parchment paper:  If You Care FSC Parchment Baking Paper or Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets

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You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark - makes a great holiday gift! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

This chocolate bark is one of the easiest food gifts to make for the holidays and here’s why:

1) Only 3 (better for you) ingredients:
And these are probably pantry items you have on hand: dark chocolate, quinoa and sea salt. I used Ancient Harvest tri-color quinoa for a pretty color contrast but any variety of quinoa will work in this recipe. And I use whatever dark chocolate bars are hanging out in my cupboard, too.

2) Ready in less than 30 minutes:
It takes 3 minutes to toast the quinoa (don’t skip this step – it adds an extra smoky, toasty flavor) and a few minutes to melt the chocolate and mix everything together. Then you freeze the bark for 10 minutes and then break it into pieces. DONE!

3) Versatile recipe:
I’ve only made it with the 3 ingredients so far but other variations I plan on trying:

  • Pomegranate Quinoa Chocolate Bark – Add 1/2 cup of pomegranate arils
  • Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark – Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • Quinoa Mocha Chocolate Bark – Add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee + 2 teaspoons sugar

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark - makes a great holiday gift! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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Quinoa Dark Chocolate Bark

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark - makes a great holiday gift! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark – a sweet holiday gift!

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup uncooked tri-colored quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan coated with cooking spray, toast quinoa over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from stove and mix in salt.
  2. Add chocolate to a sealable plastic bag and pound on it with a ladle or meat pounder until broken into small pieces. Pour into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat chocolate for 45-60 seconds in microwave and stir. Heat for 30 seconds and stir well. Repeat until all chocolate is melted.
  3. Mix most of the quinoa mixture into the melted chocolate (save about 3 tablespoons to sprinkle on top.)
  4. Line a 13×9-inch baking sheet with a lip with parchment paper. Pour in quinoa chocolate mixture and spread evenly until the entire pan is covered. Sprinkle remaining quinoa on top.
  5. Freeze for 10-15 minutes or until set.
  6. Remove from freezer and break into approximately 2-inch to 3-inch jagged pieces. Store in a sealed container/freezer bag in refrigerator or cool place.

Have you ever made candy bark? What kind?

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark - makes a great holiday gift! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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