Keto Chocolate Almond Bark
The other day I came home and our daughter was in the kitchen whipping something up. Thankfully, this is a normal occurrence since she's always loved being in the kitchen, and these days she's also in a local culinary program, plus taking college culinary classes as part of that too. As a rule, though, she's usually cooking, not making desserts like Kasey. However, not only are we blessed to have a daughter who is an aspiring chef, but she's also into eating healthy (yay!), so this day she said she wanted to make a treat that wasn't too sweet.
I love that she's figuring out how to make recipes that are healthy and also simple and delicious, that's a great skill to have!
By the way, I wasn't expecting to love this since she used dark chocolate, which is much less sweet and my sweet tooth always preferred milk chocolate, but I was reeeeally pleasantly surprised! It was even more exciting when I added up the carbs and realized that this could also be called a KETO chocolate almond bark recipe — more on the exact carb count is in the recipe notes below.
Who knew a dark chocolate treat could be so yummy?
You probably know that dark chocolate has much less sugar, and depending on the cocao percentage it can sometimes be quite bitter, but this was 67% and not bitter at all. However, now that I know how good this recipe is, I may try to source a different chocolate for next time with a little higher cacao content, since higher quality chocolate with over 70% cacao is rich in fiber, minerals, and it's a powerful antioxidant too!
She found this chocolate right at our local grocery store — the ingredient label was pretty impressive, with only THREE organic ingredients:
The fact that we can find options like this in our grocery stores nowadays is positively thrilling after years of picking up items and then sputtering as I tossed them back on the shelf.
Dried fruit with chocolate?
I'm also not normally a fan of dried fruits with chocolate, but the different flavor mix of sweet with a little bit of tartness is SO good together. I'm sure it helped that I haven't been eating sweets much lately, so that makes any little bit of sugar taste extra dreamy. These have a nice satisfying crunch too!
Keto Chocolate Almond Bark Recipe
Yield About 58 pieces of candy per batch
Note that you can make these even more keto (lower carbs) by leaving off the dried fruit and/or only eating 2-3 pieces!
- About 9 ounces chocolate -- we used this kind with only 3 organic ingredients, which she found at our local grocery store.
- About 1/4 cup slivered almonds -- even better is if you prepare them like this for more nutrition. You could use any nuts you have on hand.
- About 1/3 cup dried fruit, she used cherries, but cranberries, blueberries, or any dried fruit would be good.
- Optional additions: sea salt, shredded coconut, any other ideas?
Melt the chocolate in a pan over top another pan of boiling water. (Or melt in the microwave for a few seconds, but I like not using the microwave as much as possible <-- that post explains why.) Spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or on a silicone mat. Don't put directly on the cookie sheet because then you won't be able to break it up easily. Quickly sprinkle on nuts, dried fruit, and any optional extras. Put in the freezer or refrigerator until it hardens. Break into small pieces and store in the fridge or freezer so it doesn't melt.
One batch makes about 58 pieces of candy bark. Each piece is less than 2.5 grams net carbs (141 for the whole batch) or less than 3 grams total carbs (163 for the whole batch). 3 pieces feels like a big cheat with only 9 carbs total, or 7.5 carbs net! If you leave the dried fruit off, the carbs would be even less, but the tartness of the dried fruit, just one piece in each bite, really adds a satisfying flavor.
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Please let me know if you liked this Keto chocolate almond bark and what you like on yours? And watch the video for how to make it here!
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