Vegan chocolate bark is one of my favourite quick and easy recipes to make. This version with cranberries and almonds is delicious and bursting with goodness. My daughter likes to make chocolate bark and I must admit we don’t always opt for such healthy additions. Sweets such as jelly beans or marshmallows often feature in our creations. But hey, there’s no harm having a tasty vegan friendly sweet treat sometimes!
This recipe for vegan chocolate bark is quick and simple to make. It requires only three ingredients and any suitable chocolate can be used. We have made bark before using combinations of dark, milk or white chocolate. The different chocolates can be used to create patches or swirls of colour in the finished design.
This is a great recipe to make and give as gifts. Once the chocolate has completely set, the bark can be wrapped in tissue paper and placed in gift boxes or bags. The vegan chocolate bark can also be packaged in cellophane bags and sealed with ribbon.
Cranberries are a fruit that is often overlooked in favour of other varieties. These red berries are a delicious and health choice that are can be used in a variety of ways.
Cranberries have a quite a tart taste and so are often used cooked as sauces, jams and jellies or in cakes. They can also be juiced and drunk alone or mixed with other fruits. Cranberries can be eaten fresh if you can tolerate their tartness. To help lessen this theyare often mixed with sweet fruits when eaten fresh or used in juices.
Raw cranberries are higher in phytochemicals and antioxidant properties as some of these are lost in cooking.
Cranberries have long been used as a natural treatment for urinary tract infections. Drinking fresh unsweetned juice is an excellent way to enjoy this benefit. Some studies have shown that cranberries may help to protect against hardening and narrowing of the arteries. This can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Almonds are a very versatile nut that can be eaten raw or used in cooking a range of recipes. They are available as whole peeled or unpeeled nuts and can also be bought chopped, flaked, ground and as a flour. These nuts are believed to reduce the risk of heart attack and to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which boost brain activity. According to Ayurveda principles almonds nourish the nervous system and help to increase intellect and longevity.
Chocolate is an incredibly popular food that is enjoyed all over the world. Despite this, many people are not aware that switching to dark chocolate can reap many health benefits. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidents can help to protect the body from aging and damage cause by free radicals. This can help to reduce the risks of heart disease and help to lower blood pressure.
Dark chocolate also contains the vitamins and minerals potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Consuming these nutritients can help protect against strokes, cardiovascular ailments, anaemia and high blood pressure.
Recipe for Vegan Chocolate Bark with Cranberries and Almonds
Yields: An approximately A4 sized slab of chocolate bark
200g dark or vegan chocolate
50g dried cranberries
50g sliced almonds
- Line a baking tray with cling film or greaseproof paper.
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and place into a bowl. Melt the chocolate in short bursts in a microwave oven or over a pan of boiling water.
- Once the chocolate has melted stir in about one-third of the cranberries and almond slices.
- Spread the chocolate mixture thinly over the covered baking tray. It should be only a few millimetres thick. Sprinkle the remaining cranberries and almonds over the top.
- Leave the chocolate to cool and harden and then snap into pieces.
Cranberries – Namiwoo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Almonds – Caduser2003 at ml.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Dark chocolate – John Loo (Flickr: Chocolate) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons