Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

To know me, is to know my insane love of dark chocolate. As long as I am not on any elimination diets or protocols, it’s nearly always part of my daily routine, whether I am on the road or at home. In the freezer, I nearly always keep a bar or two of the best, darkest, organic fair-trade chocolate that I can easily get my hands on. It’s rare you’ll see me crushing on a cake or cookies, but if I pass by a good bar of dark chocolate, it will most certainly stop me dead in my tracks. Generally, I simply need a square or two of the good, dark stuff and I am a happy girl.

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

Naturally lower in sugar than milk chocolate or other candy and certainly less than most baked goods or other treats, it’s just the right amount of flare at the end of a well-made savory meal. Besides being the most perfectly created food, chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contains resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar. Dark chocolate also has positive affects on lowering “bad” cholesterol levels. Dark chocolate is rich in Flavonoids that help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. You only need about 1 to 1.5 ounces dark chocolate per day to see the heart healthy benefits.

Flavonoids, which can also be found in green and black teas, cherries, apples, red grapes and other deeply colored fruits and vegetables, have also been known to help with digestion, improve kidney, bowel function and sexual performance, and treat anemia and gout.

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

If I am traveling, you better believe that dark chocolate is my co-pilot. An integral part to any good trip, it’s an instant way to bring a smile to your face amongst the crazy hustle and bustle of an airport and the long and sometimes tiring long drives.

Surely you can just pack a dark chocolate bar, but I find these Dark Chocolate Bark Bites are a fun way to indulge in additional superfoods, your favorite goodies or just the stuff in the pantry you need to use up. Dried nuts or seeds, dried fruit, spices, sea salt – if you like salty or savory, add some crispy bacon, crushed pretzels or potato chips.

These little bark bites travel so well and you can really have fun with the toppings, making a little something for everyone.

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

Here are just some of my personal favorite chocolate bark toppings:

goji berries
crystalized ginger
dried cherries
hemp seeds
sea salt
shredded coconut or coconut chips
toasted pepitas
sunflower seeds

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

Dark Chocolate Bark Bites

 

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1 Amanda Paa August 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t eating a piece of dark chocolate right now. or that there wasn’t a stash packed in my bag for my trip on wednesday. but now i can make my own! i love all your ideas here for toppings, i think i definitely want to try the goji berry one. xo

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2 Linda August 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

How adorable. It’s so comforting to see yummy treats that are full of things that are good for you. And the antioxidants! Thanks for sharing, Beth.

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3 Lily | Kale & Caramel August 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm

WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT. Oh, did I mention I want these? Perfection.

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4 Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen September 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

These look so good! Not a day goes by that I don’t have dark chocolate :)

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5 Nana P September 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

These look fantastic! What a great idea-I would definitely like to try these. I too, am a huge dark chocolate fan :)

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6 Sherrie September 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

A small square of dark chocolate is my daily wish. Love the simplicity of these Beth!

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