With just 2 ingredients and minimal prep, you can make this sweet-and-crispy dark chocolate quinoa bark—made with puffed quinoa! A deliciously simple and more fuel-filled Christmas chocolate bark option. Or, a tasty homemade Christmas gift that’s sure to please!
Simply heat uncooked quinoa in a skillet and watch it pop and puff up like magic. Mix it into the chocolate base, and you’ve got a superfood version of a Crunch candy bar! And, YOU get to choose the chocolate! You can stick with classic milk chocolate, dairy-free for a vegan holiday bark, or even make a white chocolate quinoa bark. Personally, I like to use a 60% cacao or darker chocolate for minimal added sugars and maximum antioxidant benefits!
8 oz dark chocolate, or chocolate of choice
1/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
To make puffed quinoa:
Heat a wide nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Test a pinch of quinoa—if it pops within a few seconds, the skillet is ready! If not, let it heat up a bit more.
Once skillet is hot enough, toss out any test quinoa. Sprinkle fresh quinoa onto skillet—just enough to cover the skillet in a single layer, but not too crowded.
When quinoa begins to pop, lift and shake the skillet off the heat, and pour into a bowl.
Repeat until you have ⅓ cup puffed quinoa or as much as desired. I like to puff a bit of extra quinoa to sprinkle on top!
(You may burn some quinoa at first, but I recommend NOT using the burned quinoa in your chocolate bark! Properly puffed quinoa will taste best.)
To make Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bark:
Melt chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Fold in puffed quinoa and spread over a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet until you have a layer about ¼-⅛ inch thick.
Allow to firm up in the fridge, about 2-4 hours.
Once set, break chocolate sheet into pieces with your hands!
*Use dairy-free chocolate for vegan chocolate bark.
**Nutrition provided for dark chocolate quinoa bark made with 60% dark chocolate, divided into 16 pieces. Exact values will vary slightly, depending on size of bark pieces.
Per piece: 1g fiber | 6g sugars
Serving: 1 piece