Chocolate Almond Gogi Bark and the Valentine’s Chocolate Exchange

Guess what I did yesterday afternoon? I ate chocolate. And it was GOOOOOOD =D

I am the organiser of a vegan girls meetup group and we get together a few times a month to hang out together, go to the movies, or hikes, out to restaurants, etc. But our favourite get togethers are potlucks. Especially themed ones. Last year was the first annual chocolate exchange and I made my sea salt chocolate caramels, which I made again this year. I wanted to try something different too, so I made a simple chocolate bark.

I had 6 ladies come over and they all made some awesome sauce treats and we each got to take some home. We may have done some sampling too hehe.

I went to Michael’s and got some cutesy containers for everyone to pack their chocolates in.

I love exchanges! You make just a few things and get so many in return. And it’s really fun =)

Everyone really loved my sea salt caramel chocolates, I couldn’t top the recipe this year. But I find some of the ingredients a little off putting and I was pleasantly surprised with how this super simple bark turned out.

Chocolate Almond Gogi Bark **See note for raw option

1 bag of chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

1/2 cup of almonds, roughly chopped

1/4 cup of dried gogi berries (soaked in warm water for a few minutes)

1-2 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

a sprinkle of sea salt

Start by soaking your gogi berries. Melt your chocolate chips on the stove on low heat (you don’t want to burn them). Once the chips are completely melted, drain and rinse your gogi berries and add them and the almonds to the chocolate and stir the mixture to combine. Grab an 8×8 casserole dish and line it with parchment paper and pour the mixture into the pan on the parchment paper. Flatten it out with your hands (oh this gets messy!). Sprinkle your shredded coconut and sea salt on top and put the pan in the freezer. Once it is set (at least 1 hour), take it out and break the mixture into bite-size pieces. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it. Enjoy =)

**this could easily be made raw by gently warming 1 cup of cacao butter in a dehydrator and adding your favourite raw sweetener

This makes a perfect homemade and delicious gift that can be thrown together in 10 minutes!

I have shared this with my fav blog hops: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Raw Foods Thursdays, Gluten Free Fridays,  Wellness Weekend & The Great Valentine’s Healthy Bake Off

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