Cookies + Chocolate

White Chocolate Protein Bark with Sea Salt

White chocolate protein bark is the perfect canvas for making an eye-catching dessert that will instantly dress up any occasion. It is basically a customized candy bar LOADED with your favorite toppings. I promise you, it will taste every bit as good as it looks. 

healthy and delicious white chocolate sugar free protein bark

The seasons have changed (well, at least here in South Carolina) and the holidays are rapidly approaching. Holiday baking is in full swing and white chocolate desserts are great because you can jazz them up with different flavors and combinations. Even the kids can even get involved by choosing there favorite ingredient!

When I make chocolate bark, I prefer a crunch. My go-to favorite toppings are crushed peppermint candies, rough chopped snickers bars, and pistachios. However, the world is your oyster when it comes to making chocolate bark. Live. It. Up.

And don’t forget about your holiday gift list. Do your friends and colleagues prefer milk or semi-sweet chocolate!? Make your bark with peanut butter cups or freeze dried strawberries. If dark chocolate is something you love, try adding almonds or toffee (or both!).

These homemade dessert are effortlessly fancy. They will FOR SURE take center stage however you serve them.

dried cranberries and walnuts make this dessert rich in antioxidants and omega 3’s

Ingredients For My White Chocolate Protein Bark with Sea Salt

  • Ghee – Ghee is delicious! I mean, super creamy and palatable. It is rich in healthy fats and contains a high concentrations of monounsaturated Omega-3s which are fatty acids that support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
  • Walnuts – walnuts are an amazing food. They provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and are an excellent source of antioxidants. The powerful antioxidants help fight oxidative damage and inflammation in your body.
  • Cranberries – Cranberries are a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, specifically Vitamin C. They also contain insoluble fiber and are a rich source of various bioactive plant compounds such as proanthocyanidins. (aka, they help prevent UTI’s).
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg contains powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds that act as antioxidants. These antioxidants are shown to improve mood, blood sugar control, and heart health.
  • Protein – it goes without saying, protein helps to restore muscle breakdown and tissue integrity. I like this brand because it also has collagen!

Does white chocolate meal easily?


The short answer…nope! Due to its low melting point, white chocolate chips retain their shape when melting. Always keep an eye on these little babies when melting. And remember, set the microwave to 50% power while continuously checking.

Can I use a double boiler instead of a microwave for melting?


You sure can! You can melt white chocolate with a double boiler or bowl set over a simmering pot of water. Make sure to keep the water at a simmer, not a rapid boil and be sure to keep the bowl from touching the water. Here is your double boiler mantra: “Go slow, stir, and don’t overheat”.


Can I substitute white chocolate chips for white chocolate?


Yes, white chocolate chips can stand in for the baking chocolate. Use three Tablespoons of chips to replace one ounce of white baking chocolate.


Are white chips the same as white chocolate?


Not necessarily. True white chocolate contain cocoa butter. Most commercial white baking chips do not contain cocoa butter resulting in a different texture of your final product. You can substitute one for another, but it is really your preference.


The truth is, most products that resemble white chocolate either contain little cocoa butter or none at all. If you look closely at the packaging, you’ll notice they are not called white chocolate, but “white baking bars” or “white morsels”. Be aware that most candy bars that market their  “white chocolate” products actually use fats such as fractionated palm kernel oil (gross) as their “white coating”. Looks for products with the ingredient “cocoa butter” on it’s label.


white chocolate covered pretzels

“Happiness is an Unexpected Piece of Chocolate”

White Chocolate Protein Bark with Sea Salt

White chocolate bark is the perfect canvas for making an eye-catching dessert that will instantly dresses up any occasion. It’s basically a customized candy bar LOADED with your favorite toppings. I promise you, it will taste every bit as good as it looks. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 17

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag white chocolate morsels
  • cup dried cranberries chopped
  • tsp coconut oil
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Instructions
 

  • Start by creating a double boiler.  To do this, fill a small pot about a quarter of the way with some water on the stove, and turn stove to high.  Place a glass bowl on top of the pot and pour entire bag of white baking morsels (white chocolate) into glass bowl.  
  • Add coconut oil to white baking morsels.
  • Stir continuously as the white baking morsels (white chocolate) begins to melt. Once fully melted, turn off stove and mix in Vanilla Bean Whey Protein. 
  • hen mix in about 3/4 of the cranberries.  Spread mixture to about 1/4 inch thick on top of parchment paper and sprinkle remaining cranberries and pistachios on top.    
  • Sprinkle with sea salt, let bark cool, break into about pieces and serve