Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark: Dairy Free

Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark: Dairy Free

I have been experimenting with dairy free chocolate desserts, looking for something quick, easy, and tasty.  I have played with a variety of nut butter cups (recipe coming soon), but they can be somewhat time-consuming to build. So I’ve been playing with making my own bark. This is recipe only uses 3 ingredients: dairy free chocolate chips, dried cherries, and almond slivers.

Why dairy free chocolate chips?

I use Enjoy Life semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (available in the gluten-free aisle) in my cooking.  Along with being gluten-free, they are dairy free, nut free, soy free, and non-GMO.  The ingredients are simple:  cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa butter.

My previous go-to chocolate chips ingredient list contained  semi-sweet chocolate made from sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, and natural flavors.

To me, the shorter the ingredient list, the bigger the win.

Let’s make bark!

Ingredients

  • 1 1o-oz package of Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (or cranberries, or blueberries…you choose!)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Line a  9-by-12 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet with with parchment paper, allowing the paper to hang over the ends of the pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan, stirring constantly.
  3. Once chocolate has melted, remove the pan from heat.  Stir in the nuts and cherries until fully coated.
  4. Pour onto baking sheet, and spread in an even layer. It’s all right if it does not reach the ends of the pan, but try to keep the layer as even as possible.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.
  6. Peel off parchment, and break bark into pieces.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Tweaking the recipe

  • Instead of cherries and nuts, sprinkle crushed candy cane/peppermint  before refrigeration.
  • Omit fruit and nuts and make a Mexican bark by adding 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of chili powder to the melted chocolate.
  • Try cinnamon, orange peel, and dried cranberries.
  • Make a mini-s’mores with mini marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers.

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