Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt (gluten-free and vegan)

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt (gluten-free and vegan)

I know everybody is over the whole holiday sweets and things and onto cleansing and detoxing, the gym and new year’s resolutions, sugar-free and fun-free – but this recipe is too good not to share. Really it’s hardly a recipe, it’s so simple to throw together in about 5-minutes to take to a party, or to wrap up in a nice jar as a hostess gift. I made this for quite a few different holiday get togethers this year and it was always well received. I even made it for a party that we rushed out the door for, where I had to shower, get dressed and be out the door in less than 45-minutes after coming home from Christmas shipping. I walked into the house, melted the chocolate in the microwave and tossed the goodies on top and threw it in the fridge to cool while I got ready. It was that simple and it was ready to go when we were.

The other nice thing about this no-bake sweet treat is that it’s good for just about everyone. If you make sure to buy dairy-free dark chocolate it is perfect for those with dairy intolerances, it’s great for vegans and of course for us gluten-free folk. You can also mix it up and play around with different combinations of toppings. You can try different nuts, dried fruits, shredded coconut, candied ginger, chile flakes, citrus zest, etc. Oooh – how good would broken up pieces of gluten-free pretzels be on top? Yum. You can also play around with swirling in peanut butter or melted white chocolate and making a pretty design. Or you could add mint extract and/or broken up candy canes for some real holiday flair. You could add cinnamon or toasted brown rice cereal…the possibilities are endless. I want to make this for every single get-together I go to, now.

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt (gluten-free and vegan)

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt (gluten-free and vegan)

Believe it or not, for a dessert – this dark chocolate bark is a pretty healthy option, too. With dark chocolate a little goes a long way, so you will definitely eat less. Plus, dark chocolate is low in sugar and it’s chock full of antioxidants including theobromine, which combats inflammation and is good for your blood pressure and additionally dark chocolate is known to be mood enhancing.  The pistachios offer a wide variety of health benefits such as being high in dietary fiber, they are cholesterol-free and are loaded with various other antioxidants and minerals. Dried cherries are also high in fiber and minerals. So, go ahead and treat yourself guilt-free, even after the holidays, while reading over your list of 2012 new year’s resolutions.

Not quite ready for the sweets in 2012 yet?  If nothing else, remember this simple recipe idea for a great homemade gift-giving option.

What was your go-to dish or sweet this holiday season? 


Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Dried Bing Cherries and Grey Sea Salt (gluten-free and vegan)





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1 Nana Pfahlert January 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Wow, this looks awesome! I am definitely going to try this one. I might skip the cherries and use cranberries, though :)


2 tastyyummies January 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Nana – thanks! I debated between the cranberries and the cherries myself. Ultimately I had the cherries in the pantry, so they won – but what I love about the cranberries is how much brighter of a red color they are – makes it even prettier.


3 Addie January 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Love your website and recipes! You are very inspirational.


4 tastyyummies January 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Wow, thanks so much Addie! That means the world to me :)


5 Nadiya January 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Yum! This would make a delicious present!


6 Mojdeh April 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hi there,

Thanks for your beautiful recipes, I’ve just started going GF and your website gives me inspiration in cooking things I’ve never tried before.
Just one question, I’d rather use 100% dark chocolate and add some pulm sugar to control the amount and type of sugar I put in, do you think this would work? how much sugar I need to make it as sweet as 70-80% chocolate?



7 tastyyummies April 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi Mojdeh, thanks so much for your compliments and for checking out Tasty Yummies :) This would totally work, and I have done it myself on occasion, too. As far as how much palm sugar to add, I would start small and add from there, since you can always add more, but you can’t easily take the sugar away if you add too much. Maybe start with 1/4 cup, then taste it and keep adding as needed. Since everyone has a different taste for sweetness, that is the best way to get it exactly how you want it. Let me know how it works out. Thanks!


8 Nana April 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Finally tried this recipe and it was so wonderful! Of course I kind of did an amalgam of chocolates and add-ins based on what I had on hand but it was still great. I sprinkled dried apricots and sliced almonds on one side of the chocolate and pepitas and dried mixed berries on the other side; both sides sprinkled with coarse salt. Thank you so much for my new go-to favorite and quick recipe. :)


9 BEVERLY MILLEY February 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

will be making this in a few minutes looks wonderful


10 Chelsey December 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

How much mint extract would you suggest for this amount of chocolate? Thanks.


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