Crunchy, chewy, and chocolatey- that’s what this nut and seed chocolate bark recipe is all about!
Chocolate barks are super easy to make, and the perfect sweet treat to experiment with in the kitchen if you have a very particular taste. The recipe is super flexible and gives you the chance to play with the ingredients based on what you like, which is perfect.
This classic nut and seed chocolate bark recipe is a winner, because it works for almost everyone, and is perfect for the holiday season. You can make it in a big batch and store it for yourself, or offer it as a nice little gift to your friends and family.
Ready to give it a shot? Here’s all you need to know about it.
Ingredients For the Recipe
With a list of ingredients this short, this is one recipe you can’t go wrong with.
- 12 oz chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- ¾ cup raw nuts
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make Nut and Seed Chocolate Bark
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s the step-by-step process that you need to follow to make the chocolate bark.
You can mix the nuts with some seeds, I’ve used pumpkin seeds.
Put them all together in the oven for around 10 minutes over baking paper.
Then leave them to cool a little and chop them into big pieces.
Meanwhile, you can melt the chocolate in a microwave or any other method that you prefer to use.
Put baking paper in a cookie sheet or baking dish, followed by the nuts.
Add some cranberries to the nuts.
Sprinkle some seeds throughout and pour the chocolate over it all.
Leave it in the refrigerator to chill for around 10 minutes and enjoy your homemade bark.
Frequently Asked Questions
Roughly chopped nuts taste great when topped on the chocolate bark. You can stick to one nut or use a combination of two or more, based on your taste preference. Pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, almonds, and peanuts are all great choices, and you can pan roast them slightly before you use them for the recipe.
You can also choose the salted variety if you want to bring in a bit more flavor to the nut and seed chocolate bark.
Adding seeds to your chocolate bark can help add a bit of crunch factor and a ton of nutrition. You can stick to the classic roasted green pumpkin seeds or experiment with chia seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, toasted hemp seeds, and more.
Apart from the nuts and seeds, theres’ a lot more that you can top the bark with. Dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, and raisins are great. You might need to chop some of them up to get them to the right size before you throw them on the melted chocolate though.
Mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers or cookie crumbs, sea salt flakes, M&Ms, desiccated coconut, crystallized ginger, popcorn, breakfast cereal, potato chips, crushed pretzels, crushed candy cane, and the classic sprinkles are all excellent options that you can consider.
You can also sneak in a bit of orange zest or dried ground spices to enhance the flavor of the chocolate that you’re working with.
Your leftover nut and seed chocolate bark can be stored at room temperature for over 5 days. Just make sure you use a container that has an airtight lid to keep the bark fresh.
You can also refrigerate the bark if you want to, but the downside is that the condensation will cause the bark to develop spots on its surface, which will make it look unappealing. If you still want to refrigerate it, you can- it can stay good in there for up to 3 weeks.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
Think you’re all ready to nail this incredibly simple recipe? Wait up! You might want to keep these little tips and tricks in mind.
- If you want your nut and seed chocolate bark to be even more healthy, you can swap the milk chocolate in the recipe for dark chocolate. The bitterness of the dark chocolate may be an acquired taste, so if it feels too much for you, you can use a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
- You can also make the chocolate bark on the stovetop as opposed to the oven, Just remember to keep the heat as low as you can, because chocolate burns easily.
- You can also melt the chocolate in a makeshift double boiler if you want to, as an extra precaution.
- If none of these seem to work for you, you can melt the chocolate in your microwave. Just remember to use a microwave-safe bowl and stir the mixture after every 30-second interval- it is super important!
- While you can always use a mix of two or more nuts and seeds and some dried fruit, it is best to stick to just one of each. This will help keep the flavors simple and delicious instead of being too overwhelming.
- While melting the chocolate, you can also add a spoon of coconut oil or any other neutral-flavored oil. This will help the chocolate turn into the perfect, solid bark that you want it to.
- Using an offset spatula to spread the melted chocolate on the baking paper or parchment paper can help, because it allows you to cover a larger area more smoothly and evenly.
- You can also take this a step further and create a layered chocolate bark by layering white chocolate and milk chocolate or dark chocolate on top of the other, and then top it with the nuts, seeds, and other ingredients of your choice.
Loved making this easy nut and seed chocolate bark? On the hunt for some more such fun recipes to try out? Here are a few good ideas to get started on.
- Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Candy
- 3 Ingredient Cookies and Cream Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cups
- 12 oz (340g) chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- ¾ cup (69g) raw nuts
- ¼ cup (32g) dried cranberries
- ½ teaspoon (2.5g) flaky sea salt
- You can mix the nuts with some seeds, I’ve used pumpkin seeds.
- Put them all together in the oven for around 10 minutes over baking paper.
- Then leave them to cool a little and chop them into big pieces.
- Meanwhile, you can melt the chocolate in a microwave or any other method that you prefer to use.
- Put baking paper in a cookie sheet or baking dish, followed by the nuts.
- Add some cranberries to the nuts.
- Sprinkle some seeds throughout and pour the chocolate over it all.
- Leave it in the refrigerator to chill for around 10 minutes and enjoy your homemade bark.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g