I’ve never really been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While it’s a very sweet idea, I also believe that effort should be put into relationships (romantic or not) every single day. However, there is one thing I absolutely love about this Hallmark holiday: the chocolate.
My only issue with Valentine’s chocolates is the immense amount of sugar in each tasty bite. Lately, I’ve been pretty mindful of my sugar intake. The average American diet includes WAY more added sugar than anyone should be consuming in a day, causing an abundance of chronic health problems (I already have one, and I honestly don’t want any more) and higher health costs for the nation. But that definitely doesn’t mean I’m avoiding chocolate, or really sugar, by any means. I’m just being more aware of what’s in the food I’m eating. It’s this sugar awareness that inspired this healthier (and themed) version of chocolate bark, as is you’ll see in the ingredients!
Using 100% cacao chips can be challenging because a) it can be super hard to find, and b) it honestly doesn’t taste great. It’s too bitter. I love me some super dark chocolate, but 100% cacao just a little too much for me. So for this recipe I went with 85% cacao chocolate chips. With only 3g of sugar per serving (1 tbsp), these chocolate chips are pretty darn low in sugar and honestly still taste great!
Using coconut butter, goji berry powder, and lucuma powder in this chocolate bark recipe not only a adds some great color and texture, but also extra, natural sweetness . Coconut butter is probably my new favorite food obsession. I have started adding it to my morning drink every day for some extra creaminess, sweetness, and healthy fats. I’m new to using goji berries but I’m super into the flavor and the color. Plus, the essential amino acid and vitamin A content in goji berries is out of control. It’s also a good source of iron and vitamin C! Lucuma powder is also a newer food for me, but it’s a great low-glycemic, plant-based sweetener to use in recipes like this chocolate bark. It’s relatively high in fiber and low in sugar (2g and 1g per 2 tsp, respectively).
Cordyceps mushroom powder is also a thematically appropriate and powerful (though optional) addition to this superfood bark. It’s not only is a great source of clean energy, but is also said to increase your romantic energy, if you know what I mean. Cordyceps is another great superfood to support all your Valentine’s Day activities (If I could insert a winky-face emoji here that isn’t just random punctuation, I would), or honestly just give you a little boost of energy every day.
Valentine’s Day Superfood Chocolate Bark
Serving size: 1 approximately 1.5″x1″ piece; Servings: approximately 32
- 2.5 cups dark chocolate chips (I used these 85% cacao chips)
- 2 tbsp solid coconut butter (I used this brand)
- 2-3 tsp solid coconut oil
- 2 1/2 tsp goji berry powder
- 1/2 tsp lucuma powder
- A few pinches of Pink Himalayan sea salt to top
- Optional: 1 tsp cordyceps powder (find it here)
- In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until chocolate is melted and smooth. (Optional: stir in cordyceps powder until combined.)
- In separate microwave safe bowl, melt coconut butter and coconut oil together using the same method.
- Add goji berry and lucucma powders to melted coconut blend. For darker pink color, add more goji berry powder. For lighter pink, add less.
- Pour chocolate into middle of baking sheet, then tap baking sheet on counter to evenly distribute chocolate.
- To make heart shapes in chocolate, spoon small, circular dolops of pink coconut blend onto chocolate in a linear pattern. Then, take a butter knife and, starting from the top, slowly and lightly drag the knife through the center of the dolops, making a heart shape. (Note: you can just drizzle coconut blend onto chocolate if heart patterns aren’t your thing.)
- Top with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt.
- Allow to set for at least 20 minutes, or until completely hard.
- Break into pieces of desired size and enjoy!
- Store in a cool, dry place. Cupboard, fridge, or freezer is fine.
Macros per serving (approximate):
Calories- 124; Fat- 1.25g ; Carbs- 0.72g ; Fiber- 0.2g ; Sugar- 0.2g ; Protein- 0.16g