Even if you are not into clean eating, you will still want to learn how to make clean chocolate bark with raw honey. Hands down, honey makes the best sweetener for chocolate. No dairy needed either….
As I type this blog post I am sitting at the Timberline ski lodge at Mount Hood in Oregon while my husband and son do some morning summer skiing (I will do a recap of our Oregon trip once we get back home as this has been one of the most amazing family vacations –surprisingly so, as I had no idea how beautiful this state was!) Anyway, if you know me even just a little bit then it’s no surprise that part of what I love so much about Oregon is the food. The rumors of secret pop-up restaurants, farm-to-cone ice cream cones, the best farmers markets in the country and city-rooftop beehives are all true.
And speaking of farmers markets, bees and honey…
Honey Mama’s is the Best Chocolate EVER
I had never heard of the award-winning Honey Mama’s chocolate before we came to Oregon (more on Honey Mama’s in a bit), but as a coincidence, I had developed this recipe for clean chocolate bark with raw honey before we left home so I could post a recipe on the blog while we were on vacation.
In trying to develop a clean chocolate bark recipe I had experimented for a a few weeks using different natural sweeteners, including pure maple syrup and even date paste. All of the clean chocolate bark recipes I experimented with were good, but none were amazing…until I tried raw honey.
There are lots of recipes for clean chocolate bark online (and by “clean” I mean that they are made without refined sugar and without dairy), but there are not too many made with raw honey. And to be honest, raw honey was not what I expected to be the best combination for chocolate.
But I was wrong.
And Honey Mama was right!
Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars
I discovered the award-winning Honey Mama’s clean chocolate bars (see photo above) at the Portland Farmer’s Market while we were on vacation here in Oregon and hands down it is the best chocolate I have ever had. (Honey Mama’s is even tastier than the one I recommended in my clean eating grocery list.) And I know now after trying to make my own clean chocolate bark recipe using other sweeteners that the honey is definitely the secret!
Honey Mama’s bars are made using only five whole food, nutrient-rich ingredients (raw honey, cacao powder, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, and either sprouted almonds or shredded coconut. That’s it!). So, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make my clean chocolate bark recipe below then you will definitely want to check out Honey Mama’s!
Where to Buy Honey Mama’s Clean Chocolate
How to Make Clean Chocolate Bark with Raw Honey
If you decide to make your own clean chocolate bark, here are just a few quick tips:
- If you really want to make the absolute healthiest chocolate bark, then you will want to use Manuka Honey. It’s not cheap, but it is by far the healthiest raw honey (Read more about the health benefits of manuka honey) You can buy manuka honey at any natural foods store or of course online. This is my favorite brand of manuka honey.
- Use a small dried fruit. You can always use raisins, but if you want to be a little more creative try gogi berries (this is what I used in the chocolate bark recipe), mulberries, dried cabernet grapes or dried wild blueberries.
- If you want it a wee bit sweeter, try adding just a little stevia leaf powder.
- Add chia! Teeny tiny chia seeds give great texture and an omega-3 boost!
- Add ground coffee. This one is optional, but it definitely gives the chocolate a more complex flavor if that’s what you are after.
For those of you with food allergies, food sensitivities or food restrictions, it’s good to know this clean chocolate bark recipe meets the following dietary criteria:
Dairy-Free / Gluten-Free/ Paleo-Friendly/ Vegetarian/ Soy -Free/ Bean- Free/ Nut-Free Option / Grain-Free
How to Make CLEAN Chocolate Bark with Raw Honey (No Dairy!)
Even if you are not into clean eating, you will still want to learn how to make clean chocolate bark with raw honey. Hands down, honey makes the best sweetener for chocolate. No dairy needed either....
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter (also known as coconut "manna")
- 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raw honey (or manuka honey)
- Pinch or two of Himalayan pink salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia leaf powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon organic ground coffee (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped raw pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried goji berries, dried wild blueberries, dried cabernet grapes (see notes), raisins or dried mulberries
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Put the oil and coconut butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until coconut oil and coconut butter melt. Immediately stir in the honey, vanilla and pinch of salt and continue warming over low heat, stirring constantly, until honey melts. As soon as the honey melts, remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately stir in the cacao powder, stevia (optional) and ground coffee (optional). Pour the mixture onto the prepared parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle on the pecans, chia seeds and dried fruit. Transfer chocolate to the freezer and freeze for at least 45 minutes before serving. ***Chocolate bark will melt below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Store in freezer for up to 1 month.***
Dried Cabernet Grapes: These alcohol-free dried grapes are very small and packed with complex flavor, making them the perfect pair for just about anything chocolate. Look for Rayzyn brand dried cabernet grapes online and at specialty supermarkets.
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