a simple & healthy three-ingredient dark chocolate bark recipe with toasted quinoa folded throughout a thick layer of dark chocolate and topped with cashews. this superfood dark chocolate bark has it all – plant-based protein, antioxidants, & healthy fats – what more could you want out of a healthy little on-the-go snack or wholesome dessert?
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let’s talk about healthy things today, shall we?
like…really, really healthy things.
you’re on board with that, right?
i mean, i figured as much. 😏😏😏😏😏
all joking aside, i’m like SO beyond excited to be sharing this superfood dark chocolate bark recipe with you today! not only is this superfood dark chocolate bark my newest obsession, it’s extra special since it comes from my friend (/girl crush) jessica’s new cookbook, the pretty dish.
jess’s site is the first blog i ever truly fell in love with way back when i first started reading blogs in college. her recipes are amazing, her photography manages to be so fun & so beautiful all at once, & her writing has this unbelievable way about making you feel like you’re joking off with one of your best girlfriends.
i’ve felt so honored to work alongside jess for the last year on sweet peas meals. & beyond all of the “omg i’m working with one of my biggest idols” pinch me moments, it’s just been such a pleasure to grow a friendship with jess in this time. she’s honestly the hardest working, most genuine, & not to mention the funniest woman i’ve met throughout my career. i look up to her in so, so many ways.
after waiting to get ahold of this book for more than a year, & even getting to help jess out with some behind-the-scenes stuff for the pretty dish (insert a picture of me fangirling here), the pretty dish did NOT disappoint.
oh. my. gawwwwwd. you. guuuuuuuys.
this book is FULL of seriously mouth-droppingly beautiful recipes & photos. like, we’re talkin’ pretzel freakin’ croissants, pistachio freakin’ lattes, chocolate-drizzled freakin’ tahini granola bars, fried freakin’ burrata, butternut squash freakin’ queso, short rib freakin’ chili, frozen avocado freakin’ margaritas…& THE LIST GOES ON & ON & ON!!!!
like. i cannot. i’ve literally dogeared more than half of this book & i cannot wait to keep cooking out of it over & over & over again this year. & if you haven’t grabbed yourself a copy yet, i truly recommend that you do. it’s THAT good.
but as soon as i saw this superfood dark chocolate bark recipe, i knew i had to share it with you guys!
superfood dark chocolate bark, how i love thee. let me count the ways:
- 3 ingredients: dark chocolate, quinoa & cashews. THAT’S IT. (actually, jess’s recipe calls for 4 – the last one being white chocolate to drizzle over the top of the bark. i chose to leave this out since i’m really just a dark chocolate kinda gal & i wanted to keep the sugar in this recipe minimal. totally up to you though!)
- SO easy to make. melt some chocolate, spread it on out on a baking sheet and sprinkle it with toasted quinoa and chopped cashews, then let it set up in the fridge for a few minutes before breaking it apart. like…that’s it!
- hello health food. dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, quinoa is a natural plant-based protein powerhouse, & cashews are full of healthy fats, making this superfood dark chocolate bark the kind of wholesome sweet treat that will keep your sweet tooth satisfied without the need to eat a whole bag of these damn peanut butter eggs.
- it lasts forevvvvvvver. sandlot style, if you know what i mean. i’ve been keeping my superfood dark chocolate bark in an airtight bag in the fridge & i break off a hunk whenever i have a sweet tooth in the afternoon or after dinner. it’ll keep for a month or two – but i guarantee there’s no way you don’t eat it faster than that!
- oh, & superfood dark chocolate bark pairs REALLY freakin’ well with red wine. JUST SAYIN’.
sooooo…do yourself a favor & make this superfood dark chocolate bark asap. guaranteed you’ll feel like a healthy diva.
& do yourself another favor & pick up the pretty dish. you so won’t regret it.
If you loved this superfood dark chocolate bark recipe, here are a few other easy & healthy snacks you’ll love!
- 5-ingredient chocolate coconut bliss balls
- healthy peanut butter breakfast cookies with dark chocolate chunks
- chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats
- all pwwb healthy-ish recipes
a simple & healthy three-ingredient dark chocolate bark recipe with toasted quinoa folded throughout a thick layer of dark chocolate and topped with cashews. this superfood dark chocolate bark has it all – plant-based protein, antioxidants, & healthy fats – what more could you want out of a healthy little on-the-go snack or dessert?
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 20 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup cashews, chopped
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
- Toast the quinoa: Add the quinoa to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring and tossing often, for 5-6 minutes, or until the quinoa becomes fragrant and pops. If you’re using white quinoa, it will turn golden.
- Melt the dark chocolate: Meanwhile, as the quinoa toasts, melt the dark chocolate. Place the chopped dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, thoroughly stirring the chocolate between each interval, until melted completely.
- Assemble the bark: Pour half of the dark chocolate out on the prepared baking sheet. Using a spatula or spoon, spread the chocolate out all over the baking sheet. Top with some of the toasted quinoa, and use the spatula to press the quinoa into the chocolate. Repeat once more with the remaining chocolate and quinoa, creating layers of toasted quinoa throughout the chocolate. Top with any remaining toasted quinoa and the chopped cashews.
- Allow the bark to set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, or until firm. Break apart into large pieces and enjoy! I keep mine stored in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. Bark will keep for up to a month or two – but I doubt it’ll last that long!
- This recipe is reprinted with permission from The Pretty Dish: More Than 150 Everyday Recipes & 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside & Out by Jessica Merchant.
- Jessica’s Dark Chocolate Bark recipe also has white chocolate drizzled over it at the end – I chose to skip this step to keep this bark a little lower in sugar, plus I just really love dark chocolate. If you like white chocolate, you can add the drizzle at the end of Step 4, after having melted 4 ounces of white chocolate using the same method described in Step 3.