Healthy Quinoa Chocolate Bark, packed full of superfoods like quinoa, chia, hemp, and pumpkin seeds, makes a sweet treat or healthy snack! This dark chocolate bark with quinoa is an easy recipe. One piece will satisfy your chocolate cravings!
If you love chocolate as much as I do, I'm sure you'll love this quinoa chocolate bark with chia!
It's an even healthier option than most other chocolate bark recipes. It's chock full of superfoods, like quinoa, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, hemp and chia. Not only that, its crunchy nature makes it deliciously addictive.
If you love this recipe for Trail Mix Chocolate Nut Clusters, you'll also love this chocolate quinoa bark!
Chocolate bark is the go-to after-dinner sweet treat I often make for a dinner party when I've run out of time. I can create it in just a few minutes. I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like to end a meal with a piece of chocolate.
Here's what you'll need to make this superfood chocolate bark with quinoa and seeds.
- maple syrup: or honey
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract: pure is best
- espresso powder: optional, but it adds lots of rich flavour
- flaky sea salt: for sprinkling on top to give us that sweet and salty flavour contrast!
- quinoa: most brands are pre-rinsed now. You'll want to find a pre-rinsed brand as you won't be cooking the quinoa in water, you'll be using it dry
- nuts and seeds: I used pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, but you can use what you have on hand.
- dark chocolate: you'll be melting and tempering this chocolate. Using a quality dark chocolate like Ghirardelli or Bernard Callebaut or a quality vegan chocolate will make all the difference in the world to this bark.
This is a simple two-part recipe. Here's a quick overview of what you'll do. Detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
First, mix quinoa, nuts and seeds (use your favourites or whatever you have on hand) together with maple syrup (or honey) and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat and add salt and vanilla.
Next, spread in a thin layer on a prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven.
While it's baking, melt and temper some quality dark chocolate.
Once the nut and seed mixture comes out of the oven, spread the melted chocolate on top. Sprinkle it with a little fleur de sel or other flaky sea salt and either let it set at room temperature or chill it in the refrigerator.
Break into pieces once it has set. Enjoy a healthy dark chocolate treat!
How to store chocolate bark
This chocolate bark can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. You can freeze it in an airtight container if you'd like.
More chocolate bark recipes
- Salted Dark Chocolate-Orange Almond Bark
- Cherry Almond Chocolate Bark
- Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark
- Salted Dark Chocolate Bark with Pumpkin Seeds
I adapted this recipe from Tieghan's beautiful blog, Half Baked Harvest.
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Healthy Quinoa Chocolate Bark
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on chocolate
- 1 cup dried quinoa, a pre-rinsed brand *
- ½ cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 12 oz dark chocolate, melted and tempered
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, stir maple syrup and coconut oil until oil has melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.
- In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and optional espresso powder. Add maple syrup mixture and stir until well combined.
- Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully and remove from oven if edges are beginning to brown too quickly.
- Meanwhile, melt ¾ of the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate pieces. Stir until completely melted.
- Spread over baked quinoa mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or freeze for 15 minutes) until chocolate has set. Break into pieces. Store extra at room temperature or in the refrigerator or freezer.
I call this bird food chocolate cause it reminds me of bird seeds (I'm new to healthy eating). But, I absolutely LOVE it! So does the entire family! I will be making this over and over again! Fabulous! Thank you!
Thanks Jennifer! Love your new name for it! So happy to hear you all like this recipe. Thanks for the 5 stars!
Hi this looks gorgeous 🙂 just wanted to check, do you need to wash and dry the quinoa first? As in to wash off the soapy film on the raw quinoa
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Great question! I should have mentioned (and I've now added this) that I used pre-rinsed quinoa so the natural saponin has been removed. The bitter taste of unrinsed quinoa bothers some people, while others have no problem with it. There are a few quinoa brands on the market (like Ancient Harvest) that are pre-rinsed. I hope this helps--and I hope you like the recipe!
Thank you so much for replying back, will definitely it this week 🙂 I'm sure it'll be amazing!
This recipe looks fantastic. I love all the healthy ingredients combined with a little chocolate for a sweet treat. I think I'd have a hard time sharing 🙂
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It's one of those recipes that you'll want to sneak away a private stash, just for yourself 🙂
This look so good and protein packed! And chocolate mmmm.
This is a great recipe and I have all the ingredients to make it. That is just what I need when my chocolate cravings hit 😊.
This looks amazing, Elaine. I love that you can have your chocolate guilt free, in fact good for you! I have to try this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Colleen1 Lots of nutritious ingredients in these little bites!
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Elaine, this looks really fantastic! I love the idea of combining all of these superfoods into a healthy bark. I love every single ingredient here -- I must try this! I've just pinned the recipe for future reference and will be sure to report back once I give it a go. 🙂
Thanks also for stopping by today and for the lovely comment on my latest post!
Elaine, you have done it again. Irresistible!! Tomorrow first thing I will be getting the dark chocolate. I am rating this recipe for inspiration before I try it and based on past experience with your recipes I am confident it will be a 5. Welcome back!
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Thanks Jackie! This was devoured far too quickly in our house! Need to make another batch . . .