Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

Last Updated on June 30, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

Sweet quinoa recipes aren’t all that common but they are delicious! This healthy chocolate bark recipe is loaded with quinoa and sprinkled with just a touch of dried lavender. It satisfies your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty! The perfect healthy bedtime snack!

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Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

Quinoa Bark is a Healthy Bedtime Snack!

Since I have a horrible sweet tooth, especially at bedtime, I am always looking for healthy treats to nibble on while I wind down at night. I have been stocking up lately on an assortment of nuts and seeds in an effort to eat healthier.

Nuts and seeds are delicious in oatmeal, baked into muffins or even mixed into this healthy chocolate bark recipe. Did you know quinoa is a seed and not a grain? It adds a nice crunch to this chocolate bark and I feel like I am snacking healthy!

Like this healthy chocolate bark recipe?  Try these chocolate recipes, too:

Quinoa healthy chocolate bark with lavender

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Using Edible Lavender

So, you are probably asking yourself ‘Is lavender edible?’ and the answer is actually yes. Sometimes! What you need to do is make sure you buy culinary lavender  and not just any old lavender you find online. If you are going to plant it in the garden, just make sure you plant one of the edible varieties.

Check out Whats Cooking America for more information about growing your own edible lavender. From what I have read, most lavender is edible but some is more bitter than others. You could leave out the lavender from this healthy chocolate bark recipe but I thought it gave the bark a unique flavor and made a perfect bedtime snack.

Of course, if you want your bedtime snack to be a tad bit more decadent, this healthy chocolate bark is delicious crumbled up on top of a bowl of your favorite ice cream!

Quinoa Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe with Lavender makes a delicious ice cream topping!

Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe with Quinoa and Lavender

This healthy chocolate bark is loaded with quinoa and topped with culinary lavender.  Add dried fruit to it for a touch of sweetness but it is delicious and healthy all by itself.  Or, use it as an ice cream topping if you want a more decadent dessert before bed.  

homemade healthy chocolate bark in a stack

Yield: 16 to 24 pieces

Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

This healthy chocolate bark recipe is loaded with quinoa and sprinkled with just a touch of dried lavender which satisfies without making you feel guilty!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • up to 1/2 cup mixed seeds (I used hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin, sunflower + sesame seeds)
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • dried edible lavender for topping

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil and vanilla.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds to combine.
  3. Add the seeds, nuts and quinoa and mix until combined
  4. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet covered in a silicone baking mat. (it is sticky! You will need silicone!)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 2o to 25 minutes. You will know it is done because it will start to darken and the quinoa will start to look toasty.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool on the counter for a few minutes
  7. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and pour over the seed/nut mixture. Spread with a spoon.
  8. Sprinkle with a little bit of edible lavender
  9. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a few hours until cold
  10. Break into pieces and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information not always accurate

 

Comments

  1. Lavender, what a great idea x

  2. I never knew there was an edible version of lavender. Wonder if it tastes as good as it smells?!

  3. This sounds amazing. I love the idea of lavender in the chocolate. It just sounds like a delicious heavenly treat.

  4. This looks good. I will need to give it a try. I’ve been looking for healthier snacking options.

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