This chocolate bark is amazing for 3 reasons: 1. Look at those festive Christmas colors — beautiful! 2. It’s packed with powerful nutrients. 3. Just taste it… yum.
All of the toppings on this chocolate bark are extremely nutrient-dense. Goji berries have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all dried fruits. Pepitas, AKA shelled pumpkin seeds, are packed with minerals that promote bone health. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation.
Matcha, that bright powdered green stuff, is actually powdered green tea. It’s well known that drinking green tea has amazing health promoting benefits, but what about eating it? Compared to drinking green tea, you get even more nutrition when you consume matcha. It has a higher antioxidant concentration (about 3 times more compared to green tea) and it may help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Interestingly matcha (and green tea in lower concentrations) have components that promote relaxation without drowsiness, which may help reduce stress and improve brain function. Sign me up!
Whether it’s matcha or green tea, they both have amazing health benefits. While matcha has a higher concentration of nutrients, it also cost a little mote. To be budget friendly, take advantage of the cheap yet powerful nutrition you can get from drinking green tea daily and save the more expensive matcha for recipes like this.
I’m able to find all ingredients for this recipe at most grocery stores in the bulk section or health food section. Matcha is often with the tea. If you want to order them online, follow these links. Note that these are affiliate links –> Goji Berries, Matcha, Pepitas
Matcha Goji Berry Chocolate Bark
- 10 oz chocolate dairy-free
- 2 tsp matcha
- 2 Tbsp goji berries
- 1 Tbsp pepitas
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- Place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper in a 9 x 13" pan. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove top.
- Pour the melted chocolate in the pan and use the back of a spoon to distribute it evenly.
- Sprinkle matcha, goji berries, pepitas and walnust evely over the melted chocolate. Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and using your hands, break the chocolate into bark pieces. Store pieces in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
- Green & Black’s
- Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate
- 70% and up of Lindt products (70%, 85%, 90% and 99% bars)
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