This delicious and healthy vegan dark chocolate bark with salted caramel, peanut butter, and gluten free pretzels makes an incredible snack or sweet treat for holiday or special occasions (…or any day of the week!).
hello…healthy dark chocolate bark!
It’s been forever since I’ve made dark chocolate bark and I have no idea why, it’s such a tasty and incredibly easy treat to make. There’s literally no way to screw up chocolate bark, ha! This is definitely one of those recipes where there’s beauty in all the imperfections. It’s messy, wonderfully unique, and every bite is a little different.
This Christmas season I haven’t actually spent much time making festive treats like this bark because I’ve had a lot of other recipe creating on the go for the blog. But, among the few treats and desserts that I have made, this bark definitely stands out the most. It has to do with the combination of salted caramel, a creamy and rich peanut butter swirl, the gluten free pretzels, and a delicious, decadent layer of dark chocolate. Ooooo yes, come to mama!!
Salted Caramel For Dark Chocolate Bark
A while back I made Pinch of Yum’s 5-minute magic vegan caramel sauce to drizzle over my heathy pear and apple crisp recipe and I loved how easy the caramel was to make. I decided that the caramel sauce would be the perfect addition to a Christmas dark chocolate bark. The caramel sauce is actually a simple combination of almond butter, maple syrup, and almond milk which is mind boggling when you see how easily the ingredients transform into a thick, sweet, shiny caramel sauce. It’s healthy, free of refined sugars and contains healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Not sure how often you can say that about a caramel sauce!
Along with the caramel I whipped up a very simple peanut butter sauce to drizzle and swirl among the dark chocolate and caramel. The combination of these three flavours is oh…my…gosh. So freakin’ good.
How To Make Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark Gluten Free
To add that perfect and necessary component of crunch to my dark chocolate bark I went with specifically gluten free pretzels! The pretzels bring the bark up to a whole other level of yum and the mild, salty flavour of the pretzels blends wonderfully with the sweet caramel, decadent chocolate, and smooth peanut butter.
I remember years ago at a work Christmas party a colleague of mine made a chocolate bark that had plain salted potato chips in it and I could’t get enough! The combo of sweet and salty just hit the spot so I knew that my magical little combo in this dark chocolate bark recipe would do just the same.
I try to give myself a lot of grace and rest over the holiday season as I find the months from September to December can be quite busy in the blogger world. It’s part of the natural ebb and flow of the business, but by this time of year I’m usually feeling a little low on energy and oomph in general. The Christmas holidays provide the perfect refuge for me from the busyness of life and allows for lots of space and time to put my feet up, take naps, and sit back with a nice glass of wine and good company.
What a better way to top that all off than a few hunks of sweet and salty dark chocolate bark.
Wine, good company, and healthier chocolate bark? Yep, I’ll take that, and I’ll share some too…!
Do you have any special treats you are making to enjoy over the holidays? Will you have a chance to put your feet up and rest? Tell me about it in the comments at the end of the post!
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Have a wonderful Sunday!
Ummmm!!! Droool!! These would make a perfect Christmas Eve treat!!
Chocolate covered pretzels as well as peanut butter-filled pretzels are my weakness. I could eat an entire bag of those BarkThins bags with the chocolate barks of pretzels, pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut, or gingerbread cookies since it’s the holidays! I am most certainly sure the same case would happen for me with this recipe unless I really have some self-control, LOL! I love that it uses healthier chocolate though–makes it less of a detrimental treat!
Ooo me too, the bark thins are too yummy! Haha these are hard to moderate that’s for sure!