Power-pack your snack time by making this quick and easy dark chocolate bark at home. Dark chocolate is little celebration of sweetness and full of flavor and antioxidants. The recipe below calls for nutritious, crunchy sunflower seeds, pepitas, black sesame seeds and hemp seeds — all lightly toasted and sprinkled with sea salt. But once you nail down the recipe, you can completely customize your dark chocolate bark with candied ginger, toasted nuts or even dried fruit — it’s all up to you and your imagination. Don’t forget to share your chocolate bark, enjoy and remember, as with any dessert, a little bit goes a long way!
Ingredients for servings
Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Heat a dry skillet over medium-heat and add the pumpkin seeds. Toast, gently shaking the skillet constantly, until the seeds start to pop and become slightly fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the pepitas to a small bowl. Repeat the toasting process with the sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and hemp seeds. It’s important to toast all of the seeds separately because the varied sizes toast in different amounts of time. The delicate sesame and hemp seeds will require your full attention and not much time, just about 45 seconds, so cook gently. Add all the toasted seeds to the same bowl, then mix to incorporate. Add the salt, and set aside.
Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is just melted. Stirring distributes the heat in the bowl, which will help the chocolate melt. The chocolate will be slightly warmer than body temperature and runny when it’s ready to use.
Pour the chocolate into the prepared pan, shaking and tapping the pan to spread it evenly. Sprinkle the seed mixture over the chocolate, then allow to stand at room temperature for up to two hours to set.
Before serving, break the chocolate into 8 pieces and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.