Wow! Chocolate Bark with Caramelized Quinoa

CL Dec 15: Wow- Quinoa Bark

Using a dark (72% cacao) chocolate brings an intense, not-too-sweet, almost fruity flavor to this bark. If you prefer a sweeter chocolate, substitute bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate.


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup natural brown sugar
  • 7 ounces dark (72% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add quinoa; cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring constantly. Add the sugar; cook, stirring constantly, an additional 6 minutes or until sugar is melted and amber colored. Transfer mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; spread to a thin, even layer. Cool completely. Place cooled mixture in a zip-top plastic bag; gently tap with a rolling pin to break apart any clusters. Reserve 1/3 cup mixture; set aside.

2. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 20% power for 15 seconds; remove bowl from microwave, and stir. Repeat procedure about 4 or 5 times, micro­waving and stirring until most of chocolate has melted. Let stand 1 minute or until chocolate is thoroughly melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Stir in quinoa mixture (except reserved 1/3 cup).

3. Pour chocolate-quinoa mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Spread to 1/16-inch thickness. Sprinkle with reserved 1/3 cup quinoa and sea salt. Gently press to adhere. Freeze 5 to 10 minutes to set. Break bark into 15 pieces (about 1 ounce each).


SERVES 15 (serving size: 1 piece) CALORIES 121; FAT 6.3g (sat 3.9g, mono 0.1g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 2g; CARB 14g; FIBER 2g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 39mg; CALC 3mg

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