This sweet and salty holiday treat is simple to make, but looks so elegant. Make this Trail Mix Chocolate Bark in under 15 minutes with just a few simple ingredients to serve at a holiday party or to give away as a gift. It’s customizable and pretty darn delicious.
Trail Mix Chocolate Bark Recipe
If you are looking for the easiest holiday gift or dessert to serve, you’ve found it with this Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark! This chocolate bark is not only delicious, but it looks stunning and it is dead-simple to make. Making bark at home requires nothing more than melting and spreading chocolate, then topping it with the different flavor additions. For this Trail Mix Bark, we’ve topped it with nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut and sea salt. The added salt is not to be missed, it makes this bark sweet and savory and just plain addicting.
How to Make Trail Mix Chocolate Bark
First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
Then, melt the chocolate. We prefer to use a double-boiler method, but you can use the microwave if you really want to, just make sure not to overheat the chocolate.
Next pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper. Make it as thick or as thin as you want it. We preferred to spread it to a rough 11″ x 16″ rectangle.
Then, add your desired toppings. Go ahead and choose what you either have on hand or what flavor combination you like. For a festive look we made ours with red cranberries, green pistachios and white coconut. After you’ve topped it, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.
Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.
Given that this is a trail mix bark, we topped it with all our favorite trail mix ingredients, including nuts, dried fruit and coconut. Here are some options that will work well for this bark:
Raisins (Golden or Thompson)
Almonds (Whole or Sliced)
Tips for Working with Chocolate
Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable gift option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives to it will shine through negatively in the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured with added ingredients to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for the mid range brands such as Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. We also love Enjoy Life for dairy-free chocolate.
Make sure all utensils are clean and dry. Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of chocolate to water can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.
Storing Chocolate Bark
Bark can be stored at room temperature, just so long as the room temperature isn’t above 70 degrees. If you need to store in the refrigerator make sure it is is in an air-tight container to avoid the chocolate pick up any smells or moisture.
Heat chocolate using a double broiler method (Bring one inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set the heatproof bowl over the mouth of the pot (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir chocolate as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat and stir to melt the rest)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper
If using a cooking cutter, lightly grease and pour chocolate to desired thickness (1/4 inch or so)
Add toppings and place in fridge until bark hardens
Break into pieces or leave in your cookie cutter
Wrap in cellophane with a bow for the perfect holiday gift!
This Gluten Free Pecan Pie is going to be a huge hit! Made with an easy almond flour crust, it’s free of refined sugars and totally delicious. Serve at your next holiday gathering, or when you are in the mood for a little something sweet, but healthy!
Gluten Free Pecan Pie
This gorgeous Healthy Pecan Pie might look difficult to make, but it’s actually quite simple. This gluten free pecan pie has a delicious gluten-free buttery crust, and every bite has that sweet, warm and gooey, pecan pie taste you’ve always loved. But this one? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup, so you can feel good about serving this up.
We are using our classic Gluten-Free Pie Crust for this recipe. If you want to read more about it, check out this post. While we typically call for chilling that pie dough before rolling it out, we found it easier for this pie to pat it into the tart pan right after making it.
Expect the dough to be soft like playdough. It is easiest to scrape it out of the food processor with a rubber spatula and then place it on a lightly tapioca dusted work surface. To prevent it from sticking to your hands, have a bowl of extra tapioca flour near by that you can dust on your hands and the dough to prevent it from sticking to you since it is soft.
How to Decorate the Top of the Pie
The recipe calls for pouring in the chopped pecan pie filling and then decorating the top of the pie with additional whole pecans.Traditionally pecans are covering the filling below. However, you can garnish the pie whichever way you’d like. Get creative! We choose to lay the pecans in a circle around the edges of the pie, but leave the middle with the exposed filling.
Can you make this Gluten Free Pecan Pie ahead of time?
Pies are perfect to break down into steps to make the whole process easier. The dough for this pie can be made up to two days ahead of time. The filling must be made right before you are ready to bake. But the whole pie can be baked up to two days ahead of time. Cover and keep at room temperature until ready to serve.
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This Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce is the perfect vegetarian dish to serve all season long! The perfectly grilled eggplant is topped with a nut based vegetarian filling, a creamy sauce and finished with tons of fresh herbs. It’s unique and is so delicious. It’s also gluten-free and Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
Loaded Grilled Eggplant Recipe with Creamy Herb Sauce
If you are looking for a hearty vegetarian Summer dish perfect for a Summer BBQ this is it! This grilled eggplant topped with a meatless umami flavored nut mixture and a creamy sauce will be the hit of any part it’s served at. This interesting dish will be loved by meat eaters and non-eaters alike.
The inspiration for this recipe came from Yotom Ottolenghi’s cookbook, “Jerusalem”. He has an eggplant dish where he covers the eggplant in za’tar, baked it and then tops it with a buttermilk sauce! Ever since seeing it, I had to try to make my own dairy-free version with all sorts of fresh summer herbs!
If you have ever cooked with baby eggplant before you know that they are not just adorable, but also have a slightly sweet flavor. The combination of the grilled baby eggplant with the savory creamy sauce is perfection. We now want to use this sauce on everything!
Steps to Make This Grilled Eggplant Recipe:
Make the dressing
Toast the meatless nut mixture
Grill the eggplant
Assemble the eggplants!
How to Grill Eggplant
Slice the eggplant or cut in half, as desired. Score the eggplant if cutting in half.
Salt the eggplants for about 30 minutes to let the excess moisture drain out
Pat the eggplant dry
Brush with olive oil and pepper
Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and soft to touch.
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Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Place dressing in the fridge until ready to serve.
In a small saucepan, add the ingredients for the nut crumble over low heat. Mix until well combined and toast the nuts until fragrant. About 5-10 minutes. Set mixture aside until ready to serve.
Slice eggplant in half and score the flesh. Brush with olive oil and spices. Be generous with the olive oil and spices in this step. Heat and grease grill or grill-pan. Once hot, place eggplant on the grill, flesh side down. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and soft to touch.
Place Grilled eggplant on desired serving dish. Smear a generous amount of dressing onto each eggplant. Top with nut crumble and herbs. Serve warm!
*You can use regular eggplants here, but we find that this tastes best when you use Italian or baby eggplant!
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This Spinach Basil Pesto is the perfect condiment for your pasta, chicken, or seafood! It is creamy, flavorful, easy to prepare, and delicious on top of most dishes! Add a flavor boost to your meals with this homemade pesto that coms together in under 5 minutes!
Combine everything but the oil in your food processor or high-speed blender and pulse until ground down. Add oil and pulse again.
Store in the fridge.
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