It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:
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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
Quinoa Dark Chocolate Bark
You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this yummy, better-for-you, quinoa dark chocolate bark – a sweet holiday gift!
- 1/2 cup uncooked tri-colored quinoa
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix most of the quinoa mixture into the melted chocolate (save about 3 tablespoons to sprinkle on top.)
- 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.
- Freeze for 10-15 minutes or until set.
- 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?