Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bark
Although salt is often labeled as a “bad guy” in the health world, it is a crucial part of seasoning foods. Salt works to decrease bitterness and enhance other flavors, which makes it a necessary addition to most foods. We know dark chocolate is packed with good-for-us antioxidants, but it can be overwhelmingly bitter (and, frankly, not worth it for me). However, if you add a sprinkle of salt to dark chocolate, that bitter edge is taken off and the sweet flavor is enhanced. Thus, this recipe was born. The almonds were added to bring some crunchy texture, plus some protein and healthy fats. You could also use pecans or cashews -- whatever you prefer!
This recipe is great because it is made of whole, minimal ingredients. I purchased raw almonds and roasted them myself because I prefer the flavor. Also, it controls the salt content that I'll be adding later anyway. If you can find roasted almonds without added salt, go for it! You are missing out on the warm, toasty smell of toasted almonds though.
I used 60% dark chocolate for this recipe, but feel free to use whatever your favorite dark chocolate percentage is. Healthwise, the darker the better, but I have to make something that my kids will actually eat too! I also used Maldon salt because I had it on hand after writing my last post - The Salt Comparison - and thought the flakes would be perfect for this recipe! You can sub any other flaky or coarse salt, but adjust the seasoning to taste.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate
- 1/4 tsp Maldon salt