Chocolate almond butter bark is a healthy candy recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth! This paleo, dairy free and gluten free candy tastes just like buckeye candy and is super easy to make!
If you've been on Momma Fit Lyndsey for more than a few minutes you know that my mission here is to take family favorite recipes and comfort foods and swap out traditional ingredients for healthier choices. In the case of buckeye candy, creating an almond butter buckeye without refined sugar came to mind!
One of my husband's favorite Christmas candies are buckeyes. Literally any time I see a buckeye, or chocolate and peanut butter for that matter, I think of him!
I've made healthy buckeyes in the past and was going to post the recipe here on the blog. You can catch that original recipe over on Instagram!
While I was putting together the recipe I had the idea to give chocolate almond butter bark, aka buckeye bark a try? I swapped traditional peanut butter for almond butter making this recipe paleo friendly.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, I actually liked this recipe even better than the healthy buckeye recipe! I loved how the small pieces gave you just a taste of sweetness, perfect for a quick afternoon treat or after dinner sweetness.
This healthy candy recipe is perfect for any time of the year and delicious for healthy Christmas treats! I keep it stored in my freezer so I don't end up eating the entire batch!
Need more ideas for healthy Christmas baking and desserts? Check out this article for 21 ideas for Gluten Free Christmas Cookies!
How to Make Chocolate Almond Butter Bark
Making almond butter buckeye bark is actually much easier than making buckeye candy. Rather than rolling and dipping, you basically just spread the entire mixture on a sheet pan!
Who doesn't like less work, right? If you need a quick healthy dessert, this one is perfect to make ahead and store in your freezer.
To make healthy Christmas bark like this you need just a few ingredients:
- almond butter
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- powdered monkfruit sweetener or powdered erythritol
- semi-sweet chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life for dairy free, Lily's for keto)
- flaky sea salt
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Once you have your ingredients you will make two layers for the chocolate almond butter bark; the almond butter layer and the chocolate layer. Check out the recipe below for full instructions!
A Few Frequently Asked Questions About Making Almond Butter Chocolate Bark
What kind of pan should I use to make the bark?
I prefer to use a smaller sheet pan to maintain uniformity of the height of the bark. You can use a larger sheet pan but you will have to work with the layers to make sure they stay even.
How should I store this chocolate buckeye bark?
Since this recipe contains coconut oil, I highly recommend you store it in the freezer. It will withstand the fridge as well, but coconut oil begins to melt once you touch it.
If you plan on gifting the bark, be sure to package it in a freezer-friendly container.
Can I use peanut butter or a different nut butter instead of almond butter? What kind of nut butter do you recommend?
You can swap out any kind of nut butter according to your preference. Almond butter makes this recipe paleo-friendly while peanut butter does not.
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Georgia Grinders also has Keto peanut butter that would be perfect for healthy buckeye candy or bark.
How Can I Make Keto Almond Butter Bark?
You can make this recipe into keto almond butter bark by using Lily's chocolate instead of Enjoy Life Dark chocolate chips. Lily's is sweetened with stevia while Enjoy Life uses cane sugar. Lily's is not dairy-free while Enjoy Life is dairy free.
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Chocolate Almond Butter Bark
- 1 ½ cups almond butter
- ½ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered monk fruit sweetener sifted
- 8 ounces chocolate chips Enjoy Life if dairy free, Lily's if Keto
- 1 ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper with a bit of extra hanging over the sides. Spray with coconut oil spray and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mix almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla and powdered monk fruit sweetener. Pour mixture onto prepared sheet pan and freeze for ten minutes.
- Melt coconut oil and chocolate chips in microwave and stir until smooth. Pour over frozen almond butter layer and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
- Allow sheet pan to remain in freezer for an hour or until the layers are hardened. Carefully use a butter knife to break apart the bark. Store in a freezer-safer container.