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Superfood Chocolate Bark

This bark is energizing, super rich in nutrients due to the superfoods in it, darn tasty and maybe even a little addictive, so be forewarned!
Nov 29, 2023 | Joy McCarthy

I know you're here because you're a chocolate lover like me. Take your love affair with chocolate to a whole new level and make a bark that is packed with superfoods like pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts and goji berries (or cranberries).

This bark is energizing, super rich in nutrients due to the superfoods in it and darn tasty and maybe even a little addictive, so be forewarned!

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  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (measured when solid but soft)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 3 tbsp goji berries
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • Optional: 2 tbsp Bee pollen
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil. Slowly stir in cacao powder and maple syrup. When fully combined, remove from heat.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour chocolate bark mixture on to parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle with hemp hearts, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Freeze for a few hours. Break into pieces and enjoy!
  4. Keep fresh in freezer. It will melt when left out of the freezer so it's best served fresh from the freezer.


This Superfood Chocolate Bark has no refined sugar, chemical stabilizers or emulsifiers which are very common in processed chocolate.

It is made with 100% wholesome superfood ingredients, including:

Hemp Hearts: A fantastic source of complete plant-based protein and healthy anti-inflammatory fatty acids. In fact, they have a good balance of omega 3s and omega 6s. The omega-6s in hemp are in the form of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is excellent for skin health. They are a source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Hemp is a total kitchen staple.

Pumpkin Seeds: Great source of protein, vitamin E and minerals such as zinc and iron in addition to healthy anti-inflammatory fats. They add a nice crunch to this bark. You could use sunflower seeds if you don't have pumpkin seeds.

Goji Berries: Rich in fibre, iron and vitamins A and C. Vitamins A and C act as antioxidants in the body and support the immune system. Goji berries have a unique sweet and sour flavour that makes this bark more enticing! They are not inexpensive so you could swap in cranberries or raisins if you prefer.


Caution: This bark can be a lot for some people due to the raw cacao powder that is rich in brain stimulating compounds like theobromine. I recommend against eating this in the evening, it might actually keep you awake at night. Think of it like coffee. If you're sensitive to caffiene, than treat this chocolate bark the same way.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I love it.

Have a joyous weekend!

Louise   •   June 11, 2016

Looks amazing!

Heather Allen   •   June 13, 2016

Deb Chapman   •   June 16, 2016

Very timely. Leaving today on a jet plane (sounds so good) for Spain to visit dtr. new grandson & family. I might just make some of this up to have on the plane for a morning snack. Wasn't sure what they would serve & really didn't want to ask for a special diet, so taking a few of my own snacks to count on.

Heather Allen   •   June 16, 2016

Reeshma M. Ramnarine   •   June 16, 2016

I think I need to make! Tonight instead ;)

Heather Allen   •   June 16, 2016

Elaine Roberts-Kercheff   •   June 21, 2016

These look amazing! Can't wait to try. Question: What if my coconut oil is no longer solid?


Emily   •   July 4, 2016

Why isn't this considered detox friendly?

Heather Allen   •   July 5, 2016

Karolyn Yue   •   August 12, 2016

Hi, I love this recipe and many in your book too! Do you have the nutritional info for the bark. TIA

Heather Allen   •   August 12, 2016

Ellen Price   •   October 3, 2016

These are similar to your chocolate bark in your recipe book and I love it. Definitely want to try this version and thinking it would be a special treat on Christmas morning too. It even has red and green in it!


Myrna Black   •   February 14, 2017

I made this late last night after returning home from the Theater. Thought it would be the perfect little treat for my Loves on Valentine's Day. Thank you :)


Gillian   •   May 3, 2017

Can't wait to make this! Do you recommend soaking the goji berries first to rehydrate them?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 4, 2017

Rebecca   •   January 13, 2018

Question: I made this tonight with cocoa powder instead of cacao powder so we can have this as a dessert. It got all lumpy and I had to add more oil...any suggestions when making this substitution?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 14, 2018

Melissa Kelly   •   April 12, 2018

Absolutely delicious! I made this last night and had some with a cup of joe at the office this morning. Thank you so much for sharing! I plan to make the Chocolate Beet Smoothie Bowl this weekend!

Rachel Molenda   •   April 13, 2018

Jane   •   February 15, 2019

Looks delicious- do you keep it frozen after it’s set or can you refrigerate it?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 15, 2019

RR   •   February 15, 2019

Do you use refined or unrefined coconut oil? I’m wondering how it will taste and that depends on the type of coconut oil used. Thank you.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 15, 2019

RR   •   February 15, 2019

Thank you :) I’m excited to try this recipe.


Maria & Gord D.   •   February 15, 2019

Can't wait to try this recipe! Questions about cacao powder versus cocoa - is there a difference and if so, what? Also, my family is from Greece and there, cacao is a common beverage served warm, often in the morning as part of breakfast. Is this a better/healthier choice rather than using cocoa powder?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 16, 2019

Ehsaan   •   September 21, 2020

I need to prepare breakfast chocolate with cocoa powder. Does anyone know it

Joy McCarthy   •   September 21, 2020

Sunny   •   December 1, 2023

I’m not a fan of coconut oil-what’s a good substitute?

Joy McCarthy   •   December 4, 2023

Sunny Mathews   •   December 4, 2023

Thanks for the tip - never heard of deodorized coconut oil - will definitely try that.

Joy McCarthy   •   December 6, 2023

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