Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark

December 04, 2015

A lot of chocolate on the market is not nutritious so we found a decadent, healthy recipe that has less than 5 ingredients and is sumptuous! This bark doesn’t require much time to prepare (under 15 minutes prep), making it an easy treat or holiday gift. The tart cherries compliment the bitterness of the dark chocolate, while the almonds add a little crunch and protein. 

Studies have shown that dark chocolate (70-85%) is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. One study showed that dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, polyphenols, and flavanols, than any other fruits tested including blueberries and acai.  

Tip: This bark is amazingly delicious. Sticking with one to two small pieces after dinner will satisfy the palate, and the waistline. 



20 minutes






8 people


1.¾ cup whole almonds
2.12 ounces dark chocolate (70-85% cacao)
3.½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4.1/3 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped



Toast the Almonds.

Heat oven to 350F degrees.

On a baking sheet, toast ¾ cup whole almonds until fragrant and light gold, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely and transfer to a bowl.


Preparing Dark Chocolate.

Fill a medium microwave safe bowl with 10 ounces of dark chocolate and microwave for 2-2.5 minutes (I started with 1 minute at a time to monitor how quickly it melted).

After 2.5 minutes, remove from microwave and stir. Add in the other 2 ounces of dark chocolate and stir until smooth.

Note:This can also be done on the stove by filling a medium saucepan with 1” water; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Set a large heatproof bowl on top of saucepan, making sure water doesn’t touch bottom of bowl. Place 10 ounces of dark chocolate in bowl and cook, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from saucepan and then add in extra two ounces of dark chocolate and stir until smooth.


Add Remaining Ingredients To Chocolate.

Stir in ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, toasted almonds and 1/3 cup dried cherries.


Transfer Chocolate to Baking Sheet.

Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out an even layer about 1/4” thick.


Final Step:Refrigeration.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. After chocolate is set, break into small pieces.


Store your finished chocolate in the fridge or countertop in an airtight container. If your chocolate begins to soften on the counter, place it back in the fridge to harden back up.

Adapted from Epicurious

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