Gluten-Free Chocolate Bark

One of the easiest candies to make is chocolate bark. Last Christmas I posted a recipe for pretzel bark and this Christmas I thought I’d ramp up the recipe. In fact, this has two different barks featured.
This bark was inspired by my many trips to Soma Chocolates in Toronto, Canada. Soma uses high quality chocolate from around the world and puts their own unique spin on the chocolate sold.
One of my favourite things to purchase is their round bars with apricots, hazelnuts and other fruits and nuts on top.
I thought with having Bernard Callebaut Chocolates here in Calgary, and access to their large bars of bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk and white chocolate I’d make some large slabs of bark myself to have on hand this Christmas season.

I made a large slab of dark chocolate bark (for the dairy free folks) and a 2 layer white chocolate-milk chocolate bark.
Both had various nuts and seeds on top.
It is a simple, yet elegant gift to make as well as shows greatly when presented on a platter for your guests to enjoy.

gluten free chocolate bark
Bernard Callebaut



Recipe: 2 Layer White and Milk Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz large bar (16 oz) Bernard Callebaut white chocolate
  • 16 oz 1 large bar (16 oz) Bernard Callebaut milk chocolate
  • cranberries, dried blueberries, raisins, other dried fruit Variety of nuts (toasted hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and cashews, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios)Gluten free pretzels

Instructions
 

  • In a double boiler on low-medium heat, melt broken up milk chocolate bar.
  • Stir occasionally. Once melted, take off heat, stir really well until smooth.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pour melted milk chocolate onto parchment paper and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.
  • Once hardened, you can then start the 2nd layer.
  • In double boiler, on low-medium heat, melt broken up white chocolate bar.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Once melted, take off heat and stir until chocolate is very smooth.
  • Remove hardened chocolate from fridge and pour melted white chocolate over top.
  • Work quickly for you do not want the milk chocolate to start melting.
  • Spatter various nuts and fruit on the melted white chocolate.
  • Have fun with patterns.
  • Return chocolate to refrigerator to harden again.
  • Once hardened, I store my bark in a sealed container in the fridge until I’m ready to serve it.
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Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz 1 large (16 oz) Bernard Callebaut dark chocolate bar
  • Various nuts as stated in above recipe
  • Various dried fruits as above recipe

Instructions
 

  • In double boiler, melt broken up dark chocolate bar.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Once melted, stir really well until very smooth.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pour melted chocolate onto the paper.
  • Scatter various nuts and fruit on the melted chocolate.
  • Harden in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free chocolate bark
gluten free chocolate bark
gluten free chocolate bark

gluten free chocolate bark


Gluten-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Bark

Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark


Last week I was in Amaranth Foods here in Calgary and came across a display of Candy canes with a gluten free sign.
Aren’t all candy canes gluten free?
Actually- most are not.
Unfortunately everything you buy that is processed has to have its ingredient label read carefully.
I took home a couple of boxes to try and was very impressed. Not only are these candy canes gluten free, they are vegan and organic.
Tru Sweets Organic Candy Canes are worth checking out.

I went back to Amaranth a couple of days later and picked up 7 boxes. I always try to get extra seasonal ingredients that are gluten free.
So what do you do with 7 boxes of candy canes? Make Peppermint White Chocolate Bark of course!
 

Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark


Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

 

Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Gluten Free Peppermint White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups E. Guittard White Chocolate Wafers (I purchase mine at Williams Sonoma here in Calgary)
  • 7 Tru Sweets Candy Canes

Instructions
 

  • Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small glass bowl over a simmering saucepan, melt white chocolate.
  • Chop candy canes in a nut grinder.
  • Spread melted chocolate evenly paper lined baking pan.
  • Sprinkle ground candy canes evenly over melted white chocolate.
  • Lightly press candy canes into chocolate.
  • Allow peppermint chocolate to set for a couple of hours.
  • Once set cut bark into squares.
  • Enjoy!
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Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel


 
Chocolate Bark is a tasty treat that is easy to make. You can have so much fun playing with flavor additions as well as toppings. Gluten free to me means using great tasting quality ingredients and enjoying a safe treat to enjoy. It still amazes me how much gluten is put in our foods these days which really means going back to basics: baking and cooking everything ourselves.
 
Have fun with this bark.
You could add dried cranberries, gluten free peppermint candy canes, variety of nuts and other gluten free goodies.
 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Square

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark
Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups bittersweet chocolate drops (Bernard Callebaut)
  • 1 cup Glutino gluten free pretzel twists
  • 1/2 tsp Maldon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment.
  • In a small glass bowl over a simmering saucepan, melt chocolate.
  • Pour chocolate into the baking pan.
  • Spread chocolate evenly.
  • Place pretzel twists over chocolate.
  • Allow mixture to set for a few hours.
  • Sprinkle sea salt over bark.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!
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Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten & Sugar-Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark


Scouring the internet like I do sometimes, I came across a coconut bark that has no added sugar in it. I know the health benefits of coconut butter but with the added interest of lowering my intake of sugar I thought I’d give this recipe a try.
This bark doesn’t have a sweetness to it, but the combination of coconut, pecans and almonds lends a heartiness to it. You could add dried cranberries to the bark for a pinch of sweetness.
Please check out the blog www.healthpursuit.com if you are interested in more recipes that are similar to this one.
 

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark
Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil + 2 tsp for toasting
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole pecans, toasted
  • sliced almonds, toasted
  • pinch of Maldon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened large flake coconut

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9×13 cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a cast iron pan on medium heat.
  • Then add almonds and pecans.
  • Reduce heat to med-low and toast for 2-3 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  • Remove from heat and add a dash of sea salt.
  • Melt coconut butter with coconut oil in a double boiler or in a large bowl over top of a saucepan filled with water.
  • Add extracts, roasted pecans and almonds.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour mixture onto cookie sheet and spread into a thin layer.
  • Press the coconut onto the top.
  • Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes or so. 
  • Remove and slice into squares.
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Gluten & Sugar Free Coconut Pecan Bark