Paleo Raspberry Bark [Nut-Free]
One of my greatest satisfactions is finding popular foods and finding ways to make them healthier. I’m quite happy with this paleo raspberry bark recipe and hope you like it as much as I do!
Freeze Dried Raspberries
I’ll start off with a somewhat unusual ingredient you probably don’t have lying around: freeze-dried raspberries.
I like to use freeze dried berries in the bark because they crush cleanly and look great as toppings.
They’re also a delicious snack on their own, or together with some paleo porridge.
Freeze dried blueberries would be lovely in this recipe as well. You can always find them online, and you can usually source them at health-oriented grocery stores too.
How I Made This Paleo
Well…it pretty much already is.
Even non-paleo recipes stick to a pretty basic formula here: chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries.
The only thing to be aware of is the type of chocolate you buy. That chocolate bar may be harboring more ingredients than you think.
In addition to chocolate, you may be getting sugar, vegetable oils, milk, corn syrup, cocoa butter, flavorings, and soy lecithin.
I recommend a 70% dark chocolate bar for this recipe, but you can get a higher percentage if you’d like.
If you were to go in the other direction, you’d be getting a product that has a higher amount of sugar.
The main point here is to check your label and try to avoid ingredients that aren’t paleo (vegetable oils and corn syrup should not be on the list).
If you need some reassurance that chocolate is paleo, check out this article. Or just trust me and enjoy the chocolate.
Tips for Working With Chocolate
- Silicone trays are your friend. They are super easy to work with and you can bounce them between the oven and the freezer and everything in between.
- If you don’t have a silicone tray or mat you can use parchment paper. It helps to put a bit of melted chocolate between the paper and the baking tray to keep it from sliding around.
- Chop up the chocolate before melting. Try to make the pieces as close in size as possible.
- Prevent moisture from entering the melting chocolate. Moisture creates problems.
- Keep the heat down – cook too fast and you’ll end up with scorching. Low and slow is the way to go. Rhyme intended.
- Using the microwave is fine, but remember that less time is more. You can always throw it back in if there are still solid pieces, but you can’t undo a burnt mess.
Is Milk Chocolate OK?
Usually not. The milk in most milk chocolate has been pasteurized and homogenized.
A lot of people have a tough time digesting highly processed milk, but they do fine with raw milk.
The best way to determine your own capacity to handle dairy is to eliminate it for 30 days and then try bringing it back. If you felt better off dairy, you have your answer.
So raw dairy is OK on paleo, but the stuff in your candy bars? Probably not.
A delicious, romantic paleo dessert.
- Crush the freeze-dried raspberries in a plastic bag.
- Melt the chocolate and roughly swirl in the coconut oil and coconut butter.
- Pour the mixture into a parchment paper lined 8-by-8 or 9-by-9-inch tray.
- Sprinkle the crushed raspberries on top.
- Freeze for 2+ hours, chop into squares and enjoy.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 208
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 20 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 1 g