Chocolate and Christmas all in one go… heaven! If you haven’t realised by now that chocolate is one of my favourite things, then you’re either new around here or you haven’t been paying attention. But because chocolate makes me so warm and fuzzy, I’ll forgive you for not noticing. If you give this chocolate a go that is, because that way you get to be warm and fuzzy too. Cause that’s how everyone should feel at Christmas. And this Christmas Chocolate Bark is the perfect way to get you there.
Why do you need Christmas Chocolate Bark in your life?
When I was a kid, we had chocolate-covered sultanas, almonds and peanuts at Christmas time. It was one of those ‘must haves’ that were always available. My father would put them into little Christmas bowls and leave them sitting on the table. That of course led to regular grazing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In my father’s defence, he did cover the bowls with plastic wrap when we weren’t meant to be eating them. But like that would stop a kid!
So to me, it’s not Christmas without these treats. But, sultanas are high FODMAP. And you can only eat so many almonds before FODMAPs become an issue. Of course I could still eat chocolate-covered peanuts, but those were the ones I used to try and dodge. Now though, I need to avoid dairy too, as many of us IBS people do. So the standard chocolate-covered fruit and nut options wouldn’t work for me, even without worrying about FODMAPs.
This meant that a solution was needed. One that would let me get the flavours of Christmas, without the FODMAPs or the dairy.
And that’s why you need this Christmas Chocolate Bark in your life… because it’s got the best bits of Christmas in one place, without the FODMAPs. Plus, it’s super simple to make. Much simpler than fruit mince pies, gingerbread men, plum puddings, or any of the regular Christmas choices. And we all need at least one completely fuss-free Christmas recipe that can be made in a flash, using simple ingredients. Whether you make yours dairy-free or not is entirely up to you.
So here it is! Christmas Chocolate Bark, that’s low FODMAP. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
But if for some reason you don’t like this combination (horrors!), you might like to instead try the Ginger, Hazelnut and Coconut Dark Chocolate Slab. Or you could try these Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate Clusters. Both are seriously delicious, just not quite as Christmassy.
All the best flavours of Christmas, without the FODMAPs. This low FODMAP Christmas Chocolate Bark is super easy to make and won’t upset the tummy.
- 40g dried cranberries
- 20g mixed peel
- 40g pecans, chopped
- 100g dark chocolate (see notes)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Combine the dried cranberries, mixed peel and chopped pecans in a small bowl.
- In another small microwave-safe bowl, break up the chocolate into individual pieces. Microwave the chocolate on 50% power for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, checking it every 20 seconds or so until almost melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until the remaining bits of chocolate melt from the residual heat. Note that all microwaves have different power, so you may need more or less time to melt the chocolate. But be careful not to overheat the chocolate or it will start to cook and burn, becoming unusable.
- Add about three-quarters of the fruit and nut mixture to the melted chocolate. Quickly stir to combine and then pour onto the middle of the baking sheet. Using a spoon, spread the chocolate mixture out into a slab until it is fairly flat and has an even thickness. Sprinkle the remaining fruit and nut mixture over the top of the chocolate.
- Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or until set. Use a sharp knife to cut the chocolate bark into 10 pieces.
- This recipe is suitable for a low FODMAP diet, provided that the recommended serving size for this recipe is not exceeded.
- This recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, depending on the chocolate that you use. However, if you have an allergy to any of these items, or have coeliac disease, please check the labels on any purchased ingredients to ensure they are safe for your requirements.
- I used Green & Black’s Dark 70% Chocolate, which is dairy-free. You can however use whichever chocolate you prefer, based on your personal tolerances. But here’s what you have to keep in mind though… if you cut the Bark into 10 fairly even pieces, each piece will have about 10g of chocolate. So a serving of 2 pieces will have 20g of chocolate. Dark chocolate is low FODMAP at 30g serves, so a serving of the Christmas Chocolate Bark is safe. But, for milk chocolate and white chocolate, a low FODMAP portion is only 15g, because the milk within them adds lactose. So if you make the Christmas Chocolate Bark with milk or white chocolate, you’d have to limit a serve to 1 and 1/2 pieces.
Low FODMAP Portion
- Serving Size: 2 pieces