Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark with Dried Fruit and Nuts

I love chocolate. It’s one of my absolute favorite foods ever (obvious?) and I eat it nearly every day. Sometimes twice a day. But I especially love chocolate that is loaded with fillings — chocolate turtles, truffles, bark. So when I got a few bags of Golden Girl Granola (see my first GGG recipe for Granola Breakfast Cookies here!), I decided I should probably add some to my favorite dark chocolate. You know, because one good thing plus another good thing is generally a really good thing!

In addition to loving chocolate on it’s own, I really enjoy a good chocolate bark. The only problem is I rarely buy it because it’s so easy to make, but then I rarely end up making it at home! This predicament (if I can even justify calling it that) results in my life generally lacking the incredible deliciousness that is chocolate bark, which is a complete travesty.

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark - Sweetly Serendipity

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark - Sweetly Serendipity

Fortunately, after making this bark and realizing how ridiculously easy it was, I can safely say I’ll be doing it a lot more often. Plus, it’s so delicious, and because it’s got some nuts and dried fruit mixed in, I don’t feel AS bad devouring a big hunk of it as I would devouring a similarly sized piece of solid chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark - Sweetly Serendipity

I used The Original granola from Golden Girl Granola, which is made plain and simple with coconut, honey, and almonds. It lent the perfect crunch here, but gave me lots of flexibility with what other add-in’s I chose. I absolutely adore dried apricots (I used to work in catering, and would eat them by the handful whenever we catered events), so I added those here, and dried cranberries for some contrast. I had some shelled pistachios leftover and decided to use those as well, though I think other nuts, almonds especially, would also be great. I might try dried cherries next time, too!

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark - Sweetly Serendipity

For the chocolate, I used a combination of Trader Joes bittersweet (72% dark) and dark chocolate bars, which worked wonderfully. I love their bittersweet chocolate, but thought I might want a bit more sweet here, so I added in some dark chocolate to balance it out. Generally speaking though, the Trader Joes “Pound Plus” bars are really awesome for baking projects, especially ones like this. They melt beautifully and have a really rich, balanced flavor. For affordable chocolate, you can’t beat it!

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark - Sweetly Serendipity

Now the only question remaining is, what’ll be in my next batch of chocolate bark?!

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
  • 2/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 1/3 cups granola

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the raisins, cranberries, pistachios, and granola. Take out and set aside 1/2 cup.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  3. In a heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate. Once completely melted, remove from the heat, and stir in the dried fruit and nuts, except the 1/2 cup you set aside. Once incorporated, pour onto prepared baking sheet, and smooth to even out. It helps to rap the baking sheet on the counter. Sprinkle the remaining fruit and nuts evenly over top of the bark, and let sit at room temperature until set. If you're in a hurry, you can refrigerate to speed up the chilling process -- just let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before popping the pan into the fridge.
  4. Once completely set, you can break apart, or cut into pieces.
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