Coconut Chocolate Bark with Goji Berries and Pecans

My love affair with the little goji berry is still going strong I adore their sweet/salty flavour and vibrant colour. I eat gojis every day, sprinkled on my porridge, muesli, yoghurts and chocolate chia puddings. And, as you may have seen already, they’re my favourite ingredient to add to home-made chocolates.

Goji Berries

And did you know, goji berries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet? They are a complete protein, contain 11 essential vitamins, 22 trace minerals, and are packed with antioxidants, including flavonoids, polyphenols, carotenoids and vitamins C, E and A. They contain more vitamin C than oranges, more betacarotene than carrots and more iron than spinach. No wonder the goji berry is referred to as the ‘fruit of longevity and well-being‘!

Of course, in the East, they’ve known about the health benefits of goji berries for thousands of years. We’ve been a bit slower to catch on in the West, but we’re finally getting there ;)

Recently, nu3 invited me to take part in blogger challenge to create a recipe using their goji berries. Of course, I was more than happy to accept! I started to think of all kinds of weird and wonderful creations, but M suggested that I should keep it simple and rather than creating something new, I should share one of our family favourites.

And heeding his advice, this is what I’ve chosen to do. My entry for the Nu3 challenge is a simple home-made chocolate bark. M and Lil’ L mentioned to me the other day that this could actually be their favourite chocolate ever! Now that is a statement!

Coconut Chocolate Bark with Goji Berries and Pecans

I make this chocolate using virgin coconut oil (instead of cocoa butter), which gives it a gentle hint of coconut flavour and a glorious ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ sensation. It also features two of my favourite ingredients – goji berries and pecans – which add extra dimensions of flavour, texture and nutrients.

Pecans

This chocolate is incredibly easy to make. No expertise required! You simply melt the coconut oil, stir in the remaining ingredients, and pour them into a container. I line the container with cling film, which makes it really easy to lift out. Sometimes I toast the pecans prior to chopping them but this isn’t an essential step.

Coconut Chocolate Bar Making

The chocolate is then placed in the freezer until set and voila, you have your own scrumptious chocolate bark And you can feel very proud that you made it yourself, from scratch :D

Coconut Chocolate Bark with Goji Berries and Pecans

It is up to you how you choose to break up the chocolate. You can either go for the rustic look and chop it into shards, or go for more uniform squares.

Store and serve the chocolates straight from the fridge and freezer, as coconut oil goes soft and melty at room temperature. In an airtight container, they will keep for weeks, but I somehow doubt they’ll last that long ;)

Products used in this recipe
nu3 goji berries
- Essential Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – I bought this from Harvest in Bath, but it’s also available in other health food shops and online stores, including Amazon
- Sweet Freedom Original, available from Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Ocado and online stores, including Amazon
- Kenwood Mini Chopper, purchased from Amazon 

[This recipe has been entered into Ricki Heller's Wellness Weekend]

Coconut Chocolate Bark with Goji Berries and Pecans

Good luck to all the bloggers entering the nu3 challenge. I’m sure there will be many beautiful and inspiring entries

I think nu3 are planning to invite the public to vote on the entries and a prize will be awarded to the entry with the most votes. As soon as I have the details, I’ll post a link.

Have a great weekend everyone!  xx

UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone that voted for me in the nu3 Blogger Challenge I am so thrilled to have won! :D

 

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12 Responses to Coconut Chocolate Bark with Goji Berries and Pecans

  1. Markio

    Seriously very good indeed. Go on, try some!

  2. These look amazing Sharon!! With pecans too! Seriously yummy!
    Definitely a winning recipe :D
    Emma recently posted..Chickpea, Goji & Wild Rice SaladMy Profile

    • Thanks Emma! I’m love the look of your goji rice salad too! ♥ I’ve never put gojis in a savoury dish before. Must add it to my ‘to try’ list!

  3. This looks sinful Sharon! It’s just oozing with likeability! Gorgeous recipe – wishing you lots of luck in the competition :)
    Vicky recently posted..Dried Fruit Salad with Toasted Almonds GF SCDMy Profile

    • Thank you Vicky ♥ This chocolate does taste very decadent, but it’s packed with healthy ingredients. I doubt it will win the competition, but it’s a winner in our house ;)

  4. This looks insanely good, I haven’t had goji berries in ages, will have to pick some up.

    • I know you’re a huge fan of coconut oil, so I think you’ll love this chocolate ♥ Gojis are great in it but, if you haven’t got any, you could always sub with other dried fruits x

  5. These look soooooo yummy!!! I want some now! ;) please

    Jen
    Jen @ Virtually Vegan Mama recently posted..Vegan Lifestyle Magazine and the Winner of Vegan Slow Cooker for Beginners Cook BookMy Profile

    • I’m so pleased that you like it! :D And thank you so much for sharing it on your FB page. It’s been wonderful to connect with you! Love your blog! ♥

  6. These look amazing. Nice work
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