This Coconut Butter bark is made with a few simple ingredients but packs a bunch of fun flavor. Goji berries, coconut flakes and chocolate chips are tossed in for added taste and texture. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free and Vegan this bark is perfect to curb a sweet tooth, snack on or use as a homemade gift.
This bark recipe started with my desire to make a Paleo bark recipe that broke from the tradition of chocolate bark. Since white chocolate is basically laden with sugar, highly processed, and generally not dairy free, it's not an option that I like to include in my diet. The alternative I decided to go with was coconut butter. Years ago I had tried coconut butter, but it never became a staple in my cupboard so I haven't used it in quite some time. That might change now that I've started playing around with it again!
If you've never had coconut butter before, I personally think you're missing out. I'll include a warning that unlike coconut oil (which I think doesn't give off a coconuty flavor) this is more intense. If you're sensitive to coconut or just really hate the flavor of it, this recipe isn't for you - but my Swirled Almond Butter + Chocolate Recipe probably is! When I first tried coconut butter, I literally ate it out of the jar with a spoon. That's how much I liked it. I've also melted it down to use as a glaze on cupcakes and now I'm using it is a base in this bark recipe. It really is just as versatile as any nut butter you might come across! Coconut butter in this recipe gives me more of a white chocolate type vibe, even though it's not, but I didn't want it to be the sole flavor of the base. I combined it with almond butter (something else I like to eat by the spoonful) to balance it out.
Bark recipes like this are easy to personalize to your likes, but I suggest trying it as I recommended first. The coconut flakes give a subtle but fun texture to the dark. The goji berries offer a nice contrast to the coconut and the chocolate chips... Well, they're chocolate chips so WHY NOT?! Stirring these into the "batter" after it's all melted, but before you pour it into it's pan, gives you a little bit of each in each bite of bark.
Now, I'm not saying that this bark is designed specifically for Mother's Day, but 100% it would be awesome to make that day. The lightness of the coconut butter, combined with the color of the goji berries gives it a beautiful appearance. The almond butter also adds an extra fun two tone look to this treat. This recipe is great to have around for snacking on or a light dessert. It'd also be a good addition to a homemade present if you were to box it up and tie it with a ribbon! But whether you have it on Mother's Day, another holiday or just a random weekday, you'll feel no guilt in eating the heck out of this gluten free, dairy free, grain free and vegan dessert!