Friday, March 13, 2015

Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bark - Super Easy Low Carb Treat

This evening we had Chinese take-out for dinner. I had steamed Chicken, Beef & Shrimp w/ Mixed Veggies. I simply added my own organic gluten-free Tamari sauce and "Voila"...l got Friday night off from cooking.

While hubby went to pick up our dinner, I made a quick and easy Chocolate Coconut Pecan Bark for dessert by simply melting two 3-ounce chocolate bars (I used 88% cacao) and stirring in some toasted coconut chips and whole pecans. I didn't specifically measure the ingredients but guess that it was about 1 cup of pecan halves and probably 1/4 to 1/3 cup of coconut. After I mixed it together, I simply spread it out in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet and popped it into the fridge for about 30 minutes to set and harden and then I broke it into chunks. have "gourmet chocolate bark" that took only minutes to make. To store it, I used one of our leftover Chinese food containers. This is a super quick treat idea that you can made in just minutes and mix in whatever you have available...dried fruit, seeds, nuts, coconut, grain-free granola, etc. I snapped a few photos below. Enjoy!


CyberSis said...


This really looks great! And very elegant, too!

I often make a "down and dirty" single-serving version of this by melting a couple teaspoons of coconut oil in a custard cup, then stirring in enough cocoa powder to make it sort of syrupy, then adding some broken up nuts & coconut from the freezer. Then I spoon it up immediately. Not in any way elegant, but it gets the job done when you're in a hurry for just a little chocolatey morsel! :-)

I hope that both you *and* your hubby are feeling much, much better!

unter der laterne said...

Hi Cyber Sis,
That little concoction sounds perfect. What a neat idea . So quickly done and yet delicious.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

Your little mixture sounds great (like Barbara commented). Sometimes quick and easy is the BEST way to go. Do you add any sweetener at all to your little concoction? It's a great way to get your coconut oil in, too, isn't it! :-)

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC (& Barbara)

I used to add a smidgeon of Swerve or a drop of stevia, but tried it without sweetener once and decided it was even better that way ... but your mileage may vary, as they say.

- From a dyed-in-the-wool, true believer, dark-chocoholic. :-)

P.S. I do love your bark, GGC. I will definitely be making this! Simple to put together, beautiful result, it has all the Right Ingredients ... and there are left-overs to enjoy later! And it looks awesome in your wonderful Chinese porcelain serving dish! ;-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

I'm impressed that you don't use any sweetener in your little REALLY are a dark-chocoholic!

My sons came for dinner this evening and the youngest son excitedly opened the container to try the bark and I warned him it wasn't sweet (I used 88% chocolate) and wanted him to be prepared. He didn't think it had any sweetness at all...LOL. In general, anything I make that doesn't have at least 70%, it isn't sweet enough for the "sugar babies". I will have to suck it up and give your no sugar chocolate concoction a try soon! ;-)

Robert Torrissi said...

What is this?? You people are all geniuses!!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

LOL Robert! Not actual geniuses...just pretend to be one in the kitchen! ;-)

CyberSis said...


Don't let GGC fool you ... she's the True Genius around here! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

HA! Why is it I've never been called that before? :-)

Mountain Mimi said...

Have just found your website. Your receipes look awesome. My husband has just recently been on low carb and was wondering where to find the carb count for your receipes. Thanks

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks Mimi,

Generally I don't post carb counts (occasionally I do). I usually pass along the free site I use for my calculations:

Some folks like or Too many folks do not post accurately I've found and you can run the same items through a few different calculators and get slightly different numbers, so I generally don't use posted carb counts that other people do. Hope that helps! :-)