A healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, this Quinoa Chocolate Bark is filled with nuts and seeds to keep you full all afternoon!

I am a super chocolate fan, but oddly enough I don’t eat chocolate bars that often. I think it’s because I need more texture with my chocolate. Like, gimme some crunchy almonds or something.

So this week, I made this Seedy Chocolate Quinoa Bark. It delivers all the crunch, and all the chocolate. 

A healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, this Quinoa Chocolate Bark is filled with nuts and seeds to keep you full all afternoon!

I love decorating chocolate with colors and textures. So to accentuate the nuttiness of this bark, I topped it with pistachios and cacao nibs. And also dried rose hips and flaked sea salt.

A healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, this Quinoa Chocolate Bark is filled with nuts and seeds to keep you full all afternoon!

In other news, I just started reading Sweetbitter, a novel about a young woman who moves to New York City and finds herself working at one of the best restaurants in the city.

It feels so ridiculously appropriate to an old part of my life: young girl moves to NYC, works in restaurants, and sort of gets swept up in it all. The familiar sense of community, the regulars, the endless chit chat, the late nights, the sore muscles, and the energy of it all. I just got it last night and already I’m on page 120.

I highly recommend it to anyone who’s ever been in the restaurant industry, or who’s even just been curious about the allure of the restaurant industry. It’s fantastic.

A healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, this Quinoa Chocolate Bark is filled with nuts and seeds to keep you full all afternoon!

Hope you, dear friends, are off to a great week. Sending love to you all!

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Seedy Quinoa Chocolate Bark

A healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, this Quinoa Chocolate Bark is filled with nuts and seeds to keep you full all afternoon!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

for the bark

  • 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • pinch fine sea salt

for the chocolate top

  • 9 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped
  • cacao nibs
  • dried rose petals
  • flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all bark ingredients and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Place bark onto prepared baking sheet, and spread a large piece of plastic wrap over the top. Use a rolling pin to spread the bark out to a 1/2 inch thickness.
  4. Remove plastic wrap from bark and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bark turns a nice golden brown. The edges will be slightly more cooked, but this is OK! Allow to cool slightly while you melt your chocolate.
  5. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and coconut oil. Spread evenly over cooked bark, drizzling the last little bit of melted chocolate to create a drizzle pattern.
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before topping with pistachios, cacao nibs, rose petals, and sea salt. Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and cut into pieces!

31 comments

jess larson | plays well with butter
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this bark looks fab, & i’m definitely going to check out sweetbitter! i miss my days as a server far more than i ever could have imagined…there is something inherently gratifying about being able to make an impact on someone’s special night out!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It’s a weird longing for it. Like you totally miss it, but at the same time don’t miss the weird hours, the constant stress, etc. But still, you miss it.

Lili @ Travelling oven
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I love these kind of healthier chocolate barks and these look amazing, will have to make them soon! And thanks for the book recommendation, It sounds like something I would enjoy reading! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Totally! I’m now on page 200 hahaha.

Debs
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These are absolutely everything to me right now! They look and sound stunning!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Debs!

Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
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I’m so in the market for some good reading. sweetbitter sounds right up my alley…Yay for Amazon! It can be at my doorstep tomorrow lol 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I’m honestly loving it. Get it! 🙂

Abby @ Heart of a Baker
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Ohh i’ve been looking for a new book, so checking that out! Also, these are kind of like health food, so I can eat 5, right ? 🙂 xo

Lucy Kellett
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Wow, these look so beautiful, am going to try them asap. Lucy x

Christine mason
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Sorry to ask a basic question – but do we cook the quinoa first, or toss it in uncooked? enjoy your read, I did!

kim
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I actually have that same question. am going to google right now to see if uncooked quinoa is edible! these look fantastic. Want to make as soon as I get the answer about the quinoa (assume it means uncooked). I love this blog. The recipes are so interesting — and end product is always beautiful. Have tried a few recipes out.

Christine mason
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hi kim, did you have any luck finding out re the quinoa? 🙂

heather (delicious not gorgeous)
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this sounds like a good balance between healthy with all the nuts and seeds and quinoa and plentyyyy of dark chocolate (: and i love how crunchy this sounds, even down to the cocoa nibs and pistachios on top!

littleblackdomicile
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We confess, we like this post more than the exercise one! Color in food is nice. Spring is in the air and a fun time to dress up our homes too. It’s Derby week in Louisville. Watch for our Derby Hat favorites on our 50/50 this Friday.-Laurel Bledsoe

Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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These are super pretty! I’m not much of a plain chocolate bar person either, I def need something to jazz it up. Love this! 🙂

Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
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Looks totally decadent Sarah! Loving all the seeds! Can’t wait to try!

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
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These legit make me sad I can’t eat quinoa b/c omfg YUM!

Matt
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These look so incredibly addicting!

Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
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LOVE all the textures you’ve got goin’ on!

Gaby Dalkin
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Loving all of the extra crunch in this recipe!!

Kearin
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These look so good – pretty sure they’re a health food with all those seeds!

Jennifer Farley
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What a gorgeous bark recipe! I love the idea of adding quinoa.

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
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I freaking love Quinoa Bark. I love toasting the quinoa .. I love the layers you’ve got here! gorgeous!

Laura | Tutti Dolci
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Such pretty bark – I need this in my life! 🙂

Tieghan
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This sounds awesome. Quinoa bark is my favorite dessert!

kelli winter
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I absolutely loved Sweetbitter! It brought me right back to my server in Nyc days. What a great read!
What do you think of adding brown rice crisps to the bark mix?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it too! And love the idea of krispies 🙂

Judy
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I’ve had this recipe window open on my computer for more than a week! These call to me!! The base is nearly everything I use in my seedy granola, so know I gonna love them. Plus they are beautiful!

Lani
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I made this but the honey melted out and fell into my oven! My baking sheet didn’t have any sides. I’m going to try it again after I buy more ingredients cause I really want to make this!

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