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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!
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:
- Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl Recipe High in protein and loaded with nutrition, nuts are a great way to start your day. A little bit of healthy chocolate makes it even more delicious!
- Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce and Variations for Serving: Homemade Mexican chocolate dipping sauce is great paired with some fresh strawberries.
- Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy.
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!
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.
- 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
- In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds to combine.
- Add the seeds, nuts and quinoa and mix until combined
- Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet covered in a silicone baking mat. (it is sticky! You will need silicone!)
- 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.
- Remove from heat and let cool on the counter for a few minutes
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and pour over the seed/nut mixture. Spread with a spoon.
- Sprinkle with a little bit of edible lavender
- Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a few hours until cold
- Break into pieces and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.