Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 15 (serving size: 1 piece)

Using a dark (72% cacao) chocolate brings an intense, not-too-sweet, almost fruity flavor to this bark. If you prefer a sweeter chocolate, substitute bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add quinoa; cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring constantly. Add the sugar; cook, stirring constantly, an additional 6 minutes or until sugar is melted and amber colored. Transfer mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; spread to a thin, even layer. Cool completely. Place cooled mixture in a zip-top plastic bag; gently tap with a rolling pin to break apart any clusters. Reserve 1/3 cup mixture; set aside.

Step 2

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 20% power for 15 seconds; remove bowl from microwave, and stir. Repeat procedure about 4 or 5 times, micro­waving and stirring until most of chocolate has melted. Let stand 1 minute or until chocolate is thoroughly melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Stir in quinoa mixture (except reserved 1/3 cup).

Step 3

Pour chocolate-quinoa mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Spread to 1/16-inch thickness. Sprinkle with reserved 1/3 cup quinoa and sea salt. Gently press to adhere. Freeze 5 to 10 minutes to set. Break bark into 15 pieces (about 1 ounce each).

Ratings & Reviews

Wonderful surprise!

December 05, 2016
My family enjoyed this recipe so much that I decided to make several batches and include in Christmas gift baskets last year.  The feedback that I received was so great that I will now include this in my regular "food gifts" recipes.  Thank you much! 


November 25, 2015
I used organic cane sugar and it took much longer for it to melt. And I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate. The end result is amazing! I love the combination of flavors and textures.