This recommendation may seem too good to be true, but don’t worry, dark chocolate is the real deal. Rich in antioxidants, it can also help improve cholesterol levels and may improve blood flow to the brain. Here comes the caveat (sorry): Since it’s paired with sugar, dark chocolate should be enjoyed in moderation—about an ounce or two a day—just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. This crunchy bark will do the trick. A tiny bit of espresso powder and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt bring out the chocolate’s depth of flavor and fruitiness.

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Credit: Greg DuPree

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15 mins
45 mins
Serves 12


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Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a medium saucepan with water 2 inches deep; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer.

  • Place chocolate in a large glass bowl; place bowl over saucepan with simmering water. Heat chocolate, stirring constantly, until completely smooth and melted, about 5 minutes. Add espresso powder, if desired; stir to combine.

  • Remove from heat; pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into a 14x6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with almonds, coconut, and salt. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; fat 17g; saturated fat 8g; fiber 4g; protein 5g; carbohydrates 15g; sugars 9g; sodium 97mg; iron 1mg; calcium 24mg.