Desserts

December 14, 2020

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark is a healthier, holiday-themed version of a crunch bar. It's a great gift or a festive snack.

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

One of my favorite things about cooking is cooking for other people. It's so fun to create delicious food that friends and family can enjoy.

Food can be cooked from the heart, which makes it an extra special gift, especially around the holidays. And the fun, festive winter flavors make all holiday foods taste that much better.

Let's be real: cranberry crunch bars > plain crunch bars. Add a touch of orange juice and zest, and WOW you've got yourself a delicious, holiday-themed chocolate bar. Let's jump in!

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Ingredients

This Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bars recipe only has four ingredients!

  • Vegan Dark Chocolate: You have a couple options here. If you want a truly sugar-free option, you should select a 100% cacao bar. But in my experience, chocolate with such a high percent cacao is SO bitter. When I choose to indulge in treats like this Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark, I pick a vegan chocolate that is slightly sweetened. I like Enjoy Life or Hu.
  • Puffed Millet: Millet is a gluten-free grain that you'd normally cook just like you would rice or quinoa. But puffed millet is popped like popcorn, so it gives you that "crunch bar" texture. If you can't find it at the grocery store, you can definitely order it online.
  • Minced Cranberries: Fresh cranberries are in season in the fall and winter, so it's the perfect time to grab some and use in this recipe.
  • Orange Zest: I used a blood orange, because that's what I had on hand, but a regular orange is perfect too.

How to make Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Step 1. Line a container or baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the chocolate on 50% power. Stir every 30-60 seconds to avoid burning the chocolate.

Step 3. Meanwhile, mince the cranberries and zest the orange to achieve the amounts specified above.

Step 4. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the puffed millet, cranberries, and orange zest.

Step 5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the parchment-lined container. Smooth out the top of the chocolate to create an even layer.

Step 6. Refrigerate for at least one hour, until the chocolate is hardened. Break into chunks and enjoy!

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Preparation and Storage

Preparation: This bark doesn't require much work, so there isn't a lot you can prep. If you want to mince the cranberries and zest the orange ahead of time, you definitely can.

Storage: Since this Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark has fresh fruit, it's best practice to store it in the fridge. This will prevent the cranberries and orange from going bad.

If you plan to eat all of the bark within a few days, you can store it at room temperature. Just watch for melting!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for seasonal foods that help us lean in to the true meaning of the holidays. Amen.

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Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark

Vegan Cranberry Crunch Bark is a healthier, holiday-themed version of a crunch bar. It's a great gift or a festive snack.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

65

min

cook:

min

total:

65

min

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Vegan Dark Chocolate
  • 8 Tablespoons Puffed Millet
  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Cranberries
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Orange Zest

Instructions

  1. Line a container or baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the chocolate on 50% power. Stir every 30-60 seconds to avoid burning the chocolate.
  3. Meanwhile, mince the cranberries and zest the orange to achieve the amounts specified above.
  4. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the puffed millet, cranberries, and orange zest.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the parchment-lined container. Smooth out the top of the chocolate to create an even layer.
  6. Refrigerate for at least one hour, until the chocolate is hardened. Break into chunks and enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography