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Chocolate Breakfast Bark

Jun 10, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy

Chocolate at breakfast? Say what?!?! OH yeahhhh. This chocolate bark is the perfect replacement for your morning coffee. 

If you've been a joyous reader for a while you likely already know that breakfast is my favourite time to enjoy chocolate. This is because it's the best time of day to eat something as energizing and stimulating as chocolate. 

This chocolate bark will give you a nice boost of clean energy! And it's completely guilt-free.

It is made with 100% whole ingredients, including:

Hemp Hearts: A fantastic source of complete plant-based protein, fiber and good fat -- plus they are darn tasty! I've got many more Hemp Heart recipes on the blog. This is a kitchen staple for me. 

Pumpkin Seeds: Great source of protein, vitamin E and minerals such as zinc and iron. They add a nice crunch.

Goji Berries: Rich in amino acids, vitamin C and fiber. 

I love making this recipe because it is oh-so-easy. You literally melt the coconut oil and mix in the raw cacao and maple syrup. Then top with your fave superfoods. Yes, it's that easy folks. :)

It's almost like making a chocolate pizza. Decorating the chocolate bark is the fun part (so is licking the spoon).


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (measured when solid but soft)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 3 tbsp goji berries
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil. Slowly stir in cacao powder and maple syrup. When fully combined, remove from heat. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour chocolate bark mixture on to parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle with hemp hearts, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Freeze for a few hours. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Caution: I actually recommend against eating this in the evening, it might actually keep you awake at night. As mentioned above, it's stimulating -- in a good way!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I love it.

Have a joyous weekend!


This post was created in partnership with Manitoba Harvest, however all opinions are always my own.

Read more about partnership ethos here.

Jun 10, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
Louise   •   June 11, 2016

Looks amazing!

Heather Allen   •   June 13, 2016

Thanks, Louise! I hope you enjoy it :) Heather- Joyous Health team

Deb Chapman   •   June 16, 2016

Very timely. Leaving today on a jet plane (sounds so good) for Spain to visit dtr. new grandson & family. I might just make some of this up to have on the plane for a morning snack. Wasn't sure what they would serve & really didn't want to ask for a special diet, so taking a few of my own snacks to count on.

Heather Allen   •   June 16, 2016

Hey Deb! Packing snacks for the plane is always a good idea. There is nothing worse than having to starve on a flight because you don't want to eat the funky food they offer! Have a great trip and enjoy the bark :) Heather- Joyous Health Team

Reeshma M. Ramnarine   •   June 16, 2016

I think I need to make! Tonight instead ;)

Heather Allen   •   June 16, 2016

Enjoy, Reeshma! Heather- Joyous Health Team

Elaine Roberts-Kercheff   •   June 21, 2016

These look amazing! Can't wait to try. Question: What if my coconut oil is no longer solid?


Emily   •   July 4, 2016

Why isn't this considered detox friendly?

Heather Allen   •   July 5, 2016

Hey Emily! It could be considered detox friendly, but would depend on the type of detox you're doing :) Heather- Joyous Health Team

Karolyn Yue   •   August 12, 2016

Hi, I love this recipe and many in your book too! Do you have the nutritional info for the bark. TIA

Heather Allen   •   August 12, 2016

Hi Karolyn! So glad to hear you enjoy the recipes :) We don't have the nutritional info, but you can get them by entering the ingredients into a nutritional calculator like this one: :) Heather- Joyous Health Team

Ellen Price   •   October 3, 2016

These are similar to your chocolate bark in your recipe book and I love it. Definitely want to try this version and thinking it would be a special treat on Christmas morning too. It even has red and green in it!


Myrna Black   •   February 14, 2017

I made this late last night after returning home from the Theater. Thought it would be the perfect little treat for my Loves on Valentine's Day. Thank you :)


Gillian   •   May 3, 2017

Can't wait to make this! Do you recommend soaking the goji berries first to rehydrate them?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 4, 2017

Hey Gillian, You're going to love this one! Nope, you don't need to rehydrate them first :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Rebecca   •   January 13, 2018

Question: I made this tonight with cocoa powder instead of cacao powder so we can have this as a dessert. It got all lumpy and I had to add more oil...any suggestions when making this substitution?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 14, 2018

I haven't made it with cocoa powder so that could be why but usually lumpiness is due to the temperature being too high. When you added more coconut oil did it work? Also, using a wire whisk will help.

Melissa Kelly   •   April 12, 2018

Absolutely delicious! I made this last night and had some with a cup of joe at the office this morning. Thank you so much for sharing! I plan to make the Chocolate Beet Smoothie Bowl this weekend!

Rachel Molenda   •   April 13, 2018

Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed it. If you liked this, you will love the Chocolate Beet Smoothie Bowl :) Let us know how it goes Melissa! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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