Sea Salt Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

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.

Trail mix chocolate bark.How to Make Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

  1. First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Topping Options

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:

  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Cherries
  • Raisins (Golden or Thompson)
  • Dried Pineapple
  • Almonds (Whole or Sliced)
  • Pistachios
  • Peanuts
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Granola Clusters
  • Pepitas 
  • Sunflower Seeds

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.

Chocolate bark with coconut and nutsStoring 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.

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Sea-Salt Trail Mix Bark
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips
  2. 1/3 cup dried cranberries/golden raisins
  3. 1/3 cup raw almonds
  4. 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, more as desired
Instructions
  1. 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)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper
  4. If using a cooking cutter, lightly grease and pour chocolate to desired thickness (1/4 inch or so)
  5. Add toppings and place in fridge until bark hardens
  6. Break into pieces or leave in your cookie cutter
  7. Wrap in cellophane with a bow for the perfect holiday gift!
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How to Make Coconut Milk

If you didn’t know How to Make Coconut Milk at home, let me be the first one to tell you: it’s easy! And requires only two ingredients and one appliance. Homemade coconut milk is creamy, naturally sweet and a great dairy-free milk alternative.

homemade coconut milk being poured into a jar for storageHow to Make Coconut Milk at Home

We can’t deny how easy it is to pick up a can of coconut milk at the store but did you know it’s equally as easy doing it at home? All you need is a blender and natural coconut flakes! This alternative milk is naturally full of flavor and sweetness is so so versatile in the kitchen. And the best part is it’s just two ingredients: water and coconut. There are no sneaky hidden additives and no need to check any labels. 

Ways to use coconut milk

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and Teas
  • Popsicles

soaking coconut flakes

How do you make coconut milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes in boiling water for 30 minutes
  2. Blend together continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Strain it through a nut milk bag or a thin, clean kitchen towel, squeezing out as much of the milk as possible.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Do you need to sweeten it?

We did not give directions for sweetening this milk because it is naturally sweet. But if you wanted to you can add in about 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a dash of salt.

Ways to Use the Leftover Pulp

Once you strain the milk you will be left with shredded coconut! To minimize food waste you can use it in:

  • smoothies
  • oatmeal
  • baked goods
  • oatmeal bakes
  • popsicles

straining the shredded coconut

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How to Make Coconut Milk

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 00:30 Total Time 00:35 Yields 3-4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 cups boiling filtered water

Directions

  1. Carefully pour boiling water over coconut flakes in a jar and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Carefully pour the coconut flakes and hot water into a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the coconut flakes are finely ground.
  3. To strain it either use a nut milk bag and squeeze into a bowl, or line a strainer with a thin kitchen towel over a bowl and squeeze the nut milk into the bowl. If it’s too hot to do it right away, let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in coconut milk and you may get a hardened top just like you would get with a canned coconut milk. You can melt it if you want it to be liquid again.
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