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Chocolate Spa Bark from The Oaks at Ojai

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Chocoholics rejoice! At only 70 calories, this special treat is absolutely irresistible and completely chocolatey without the guilt. With only a few ingredients, this recipe is healthy and easy to prep. Thanks is due to Chef Christine for sharing her recipe! If you are completely obsessed with this recipe as I know you will be, head over to The Oaks Spa and sample the original from Christine Denney.

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Chocolate Spa Bark


  • 4 oz. of your favorite dark chocolate—approximately one cup, chopped  (60%-72% cocoa level recommended for ultimate health benefits)
  • 2 oz. raw nuts and dried fruit
  • (use what you like, combine and experiment—walnuts, cashews ,pecans, dried cranberries or raisins, Pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds)


  • After chopping the chocolate, put it in a small glass bowl and carefully melt it in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, whisking until completely melted.
  • On a piece of parchment or wax paper, arrange the nuts and fruit in a rectangle or square, in one layer, but close together.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over fruit and nuts, and use a spatula to create an even covering, pushing the sides in to cover.
  • You can sprinkle the top with slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, minced candied ginger, raw coconut—the possibilities are endless!
  • Refrigerate one half hour.
  • Cut into 12 equal pieces (three x four) and enjoy—one piece at a time for a special 70 calorie treat!
  • Each piece will be ½ ounce featuring protein and antioxidants, deliciousness  and flavonals.

This makes a particularly wonderful treat for the holidays—you can personalize the creation for each person on your gift list with the tastes they like best!  Purchase some candy papers and small boxes, wrap with a colorful bow and you have a beautiful, healthful gift that you made yourself!

This recipe was originally penned by Christine Denney, Food Services Director at the Oaks at Ojai Spa. Her recipes are always fresh and inspired by her love of nutrition and eating well. You can find that her cookbook, Recipes from the Heart, is available to purchase here. For more recipes from Christine, check out her chef spotlight  page on Recipe Redo.

Author: Debra K

I believe we all have the right to enjoy incredible looking and tasting cuisine.

One thought on “Chocolate Spa Bark from The Oaks at Ojai

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