This easy recipe for low-carb dark chocolate almond bark with sea salt makes an indulgent treat that satiates both salty and sweet cravings!
Why you'll love it
This vegan almond bark recipe is fantastically low-carb and really easy to make.
Even though good quality cocoa butter is pricey, I've found that it's cheaper to make sugar-free chocolate at home using this essential ingredient.
This chocolate almond bark is so luxurious and rich. You'll feel like you are cheating on your keto diet, but you aren't. It's a decadent gluten-free dessert that is perfect for parties.
One of the best things about homemade chocolate almond bark is that it makes a thoughtful (and delicious) DIY gift. People appreciate all the time and effort you put into them.
This chocolate almond candy tastes just like a candy bar! But it's really gentle on your blood sugar since it is refined sugar-free.
I used the following simple ingredients to make my homemade dark chocolate bark.
Cocoa butter is the base of homemade chocolate. If you are using pre-made chocolate, you can skip this ingredient.
Unsweetened cocoa powder
You can use either dark chocolate cocoa powder or regular cocoa. Just make sure it is unsweetened.
It's best to use unsalted almonds in this recipe.
I needed unsalted roasted almonds for this salted chocolate almond bark, but it's not always easy to find roasted almonds that aren't salted. I ended up buying fresh almonds and roasting them in the oven.
You can use either sliced almonds or chopped - it is up to you and your tastes.
Large sea salt or salt flakes are both perfect. The salt should be large enough to see on the chocolate.
This is what gives this homemade chocolate a richer and deeper flavor profile.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Add water and plastic wrap to the baking dish. Whenever I make chocolate bark, I always pour it on a shallow baking pan with plastic wrap over a bit of water. Adding a small amount of water under the plastic wrap keeps the plastic from sticking to the pan. You can also use a silicon mat or parchment paper if you'd like.
- Roast the almonds. Roasted almonds are much easier to chop than raw ones. You don't have to chop the nuts to make chocolate almond bark, but I wanted to mimic a Ghirardelli dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds bar, which contains chopped roasted almonds.
- Save time and use sugar-free chocolate chunks.
This is one of my favorite chocolate recipes because it is so easy to make. This delicious chocolate bark comes together in just a few simple steps.
Make the chocolate
If you are making your own chocolate, start out by melting the cocoa butter in a chocolate melter or double broiler. After it is completely melted, stir in the cocoa powder, sweetener, and salt.
Stir in vanilla and almonds
Add the pure vanilla extract and chopped almonds to the melted chocolate mixture.
Prepare baking sheet
Add plastic wrap or wax paper to a baking sheet or casserole dish.
Pour into pan
Pour the melted chocolate mixture into a prepared baking sheet, pan, or chocolate mold.
Sprinkle with salt and almonds
Add more sea salt and chopped almonds on top of the melted chocolate mixture.
Let it chill
Place the chocolate into the refrigerator and let it harden as it chills.
️ Serving suggestions
This is a delicious treat that you can enjoy any time of day. It's the best way to indulge your sweet tooth.
To really enjoy chocolate flavors, serve this bark with a cup of iced white chocolate mocha. It's not as rich, but still as sweet.
You can change up keto chocolate bark in a few different ways. If you make any adjustments, please let me know in the comments.
- Pour chocolate into a mold. If you really want to mimic the Ghirardelli salted dark chocolate bar with almonds, pour this mix into a chocolate bar mold.
- Mix in chocolate chips. This will add more chocolate flavors.
- Use sugar-free milk chocolate. You don't have to make it yourself. You can melt any type of sugar-free chocolate.
- Top with pumpkin seeds. This will give it a saltier flavor and more fiber.
- Mix in dried cranberries. Though dried cranberries are not exactly sugar-free, a few will add a tart flavor to the bark.
Here are some questions people often ask about making low-carb chocolate bark. If you don't see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
Roasting nuts in the oven are really easy to do. Spread the almonds out on a baking tray and bake them at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. A lovely nutty aroma will fill the house at the end of the baking time.
The nuts will continue to cook after taking them out of the oven, so I let them sit for at least five minutes before handling them.
I chopped the almonds by hand using a knife, but I'm thinking of buying a nut chopper to make this easier.
I never get uniformly chopped nuts using a food processor or hand chopper, and those tools always create nut dust. I've read that a device specifically made for chopping nuts is the best tool to use if you don't want to hand chop them.
I got ten pieces from the recipe and ate 1-2 pieces at a time, so I'm figuring the amount is good for about five snack-size servings.
I like to keep homemade sugar-free chocolates in the refrigerator, but I'm not sure if that is necessary. You can keep it in an airtight container at room temperature.
If you enjoyed this dairy-free dark chocolate almond bark recipe, here are some more low-carb dessert recipes you should make next. You might just find a new snack cuisine recipe to make all the time.
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Truffles are bite-sized candies that taste like rich and wonderful desserts.
- Cream Cheese Dark Chocolate Keto Fudge is a smooth, creamy low-carb confection that melts in your mouth.
- Low Carb Chocolate Walnut Fudge is the perfect recipe for nut lovers. The texture is identical to real fudge and is loaded with chopped nuts.
- Keto Chocolate Molten Lava Cake literally oozes with chocolate, but they are totally keto-friendly.
- Low Carb White Chocolate Truffles are beautiful little candies that taste just as good as they look.
Dark Chocolate Almond Bark with Sea Salt
- Stir in cocoa powder, sweetener, and salt.
- Keep on heat until dry ingredients have been well incorporated into the melted cocoa butter.
- Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and chopped almonds.
- Pour out on prepared pan or chocolate mold.
- Sprinkle with additional salt and chopped almonds if desired.
Array ( [serving_size] => 2 [calories] => 139 [carbohydrates] => 5.7 [protein] => 2.6 [fat] => 14 [sodium] => 64 [fiber] => 0.5 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published January 18, 2015. Last updated September 13, 2022, with new images and additional recipe information.