Swirled Almond Butter + Chocolate Bark

The perfect holiday Paleo treat, this Swirled Almond Butter + Chocolate Bark makes a beautifully simple DIY present for anyone on your holiday list

PSA in case you forgot like me - Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK. Anybody else feel like that one really snuck up on us this year? I feel vastly unprepared for the holiday. I usually try out new Paleo Thanksgiving recipes during the weeks leading up to the holiday to help me decide which ones I want to contribute to all the holiday gatherings. This year I feel like I just haven't had the time. I already have a few recipes I love, like my savory mashed sweet potatoes, that I could always fall back on, but I really like to change it up with new-to-me options. So if any of you want to help a girl out, feel free to pop a link to some dishes you like in the comments for me!

I may be behind on my Thanksgiving prep work, but man am I on top of it for Christmas! The Paleo almond butter & chocolate bark recipe I'm about to share with you all is ideal for a homemade gift, a dessert or to contribute at any of your holiday parties! On top of this yummy swirled bark recipe, if you were one of my newsletter subscribers (sign up at the top of this page if not!) last month, you got the exclusive recipe for my Chocolate Dipped Apple Cinnamon Marshmallows. That would make a perfect edible gift too!   I also have a recipe for Vegan Friendly Blueberry Cashew Butter that could be perfectly gift wrapped in a colorful mason jar with a ribbon. See?! Very on top of Christmas. 

Aside from the delicious flavor, one thing I really love about this Swirled Almond Butter & Chocolate Bark is how versatile it is. For thinner pieces of bark, make this on a baking sheet. If you want thicker pieces, freeze it in a smaller dish so it can't spread out as far. Sweeten it up a bit with some crumbled candy bars if you aren't strict Paleo or add in some solid chocolate chips. For tons of crunch, toss some grain free granola in there. The combinations and adjustments you can make are practically endless! 

Personally, I like to go the crunchy route. Kitchfix makes a cocoa sea salt flavor that would be INSANE on this. If you don't have that on hand, you can do what I did for these pictures and add some sliced almonds and pepitas. They are great with this flavor and I loved that I could get a little crunch in every bite without it being super overwhelming. The bark could still melt in my mouth!

This swirled bark is another recipe that would make a perfect holiday gift. If you like to make homemade treats for your family & friends (like I do!) make sure you store this in the freezer until you get to pass it along so it will keep form. Pro-tip, it looks really cute wrapped in a parchment lined shiny gift box


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Swirled Almond Butter + Chocolate Bark
This 5 ingredient almond butter, chocolate swirl bark is the perfect balance of sweet and crunch. Personalize your toppings for the perfect dessert, snack or homemade gift!
        Almond Butter Bark Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp honey *optional
  • 3 tsp pumpkin spice

  • Chocolate Bark Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or 100% cacao chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp honey *optional
  • 2-3 tbsp seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes, or topping of your choice
Instructions
Almond Butter Bark Instructions:
1. Melt together almond butter, coconut oil, honey and pumpkin spice over stove top in a small sauce pan.
2. Once creamy and smooth, full mix in pumpkin spice and remove from stove.
3. Pour in various lines into a lightly greased or parchment paper covered 7x11 casserole dish.

Chocolate Bark Instructions:
1. Melt chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life,) coconut oil and honey in small sauce pan over stove top.
2. Once well combined and smooth, remove from stove top and let cool for 30 secs-1 min.
3. Pour this into same casserole dish and use a knife to swirl together.
4. Top with your choice of optional garnishments such as pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, berries, etc.
5. Place in freezer to firm up for at least 2 hours.
6. Remove from freezer and use your hands or a knife to break the bark into pieces.
7. Store in airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks for best taste.

Notes:
For easier swirling, use two separate sauce pans and create the two flavors of bark at the same time. Pour one in while the other slightly cools. Then pour those contents on top of the alternate. It should create a natural swirl with this method.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: ~24 bark pieces

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