There's nothing I love more than easy, delicious, and healthy snacks that satisfy my sweet tooth. I would guess that more than half of the recipes that I create fall in this category, and I don't even feel bad about it. Today's recipe is another one of these. I hope you enjoy this vegan and gluten free chocolate pretzel bark.
This chocolate pretzel bark recipe is sponsored by Kay's Naturals. I made this recipe using their gluten free pretzels. I have been loving their pretzels for awhile, so I reached out to them to collaborate on this post. I used a combination of their original pretzel flavor as well as their cinnamon toast pretzels to create a sweet and savory combination. They have a ton of other snacks that are super delicious and you can check them all out on their website at the following link: https://shop.kaysnaturals.com/Articles.asp?ID=287. You can use code "VeggieWorld" to get 30 percent off of your purchase 🙂
This recipe is super easy to create and the only hard thing is waiting for the chocolate to harden so that you can dig in! I'm going to go through and explain all the steps, but I also made a little video that you can find at the end of this post that might help you visualize the process.
What you will need
All you need for this recipe is one 3 oz bar of chocolate, natural peanut butter, and pretzels.
Start by melting your chocolate bar. Break it up in small pieces and microwave it for 30 second increments until it has melted all the way. I melt a lot of chocolate in my house, so I actually have a chocolate melting machine, which is what I show in the video.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and pour your chocolate on the tray. Use a spoon or a rubber spatula to spread the chocolate around so that you have an even layer.
To create your peanut butter swirls, make sure you use natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter is the kind that is only has peanuts as its listed ingredients. When you purchase this kind of peanut butter, it will have a floating layer of oil at the top. Once you open it, mix the the peanut oil in with the rest of the peanut butter so that you have a runny peanut butter consistency. The oil that floats on top is the natural oil from the peanuts that separates when the peanut butter has been sitting in the jar.
A lot of brands like Jiffy add sugar to their peanut butter and this is what prevents the separation, but their peanut butter is not as runny and easy to work with. Plus you totally don't need all of that extra sugar because peanut butter is already so delicious as it is!
Pour a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter in a plastic ziplock baggie and close off the bag. Then cut of a tiny hole on one end and pour the peanut butter in vertical lines across the chocolate. Then take a toothpick and start running the toothpick in the opposite direction of the lines of peanut butter you've created. This creates a really cute pattern. This part is much easier to explain with the video if that still doesn't make sense to you 🙂
Take your plain and cinnamon toast Kay's Natural pretzels and put them in another ziplock baggie. Crush them up. Then sprinkle them all over the chocolate bark. Add as many pretzels as you want. Personally, I think that the more you add the better and more delicious your chocolate bark will turn out.
The last step is just refrigerating the chocolate pretzel bark until the chocolate has hardened. This usually takes about 40 minutes in the fridge, but if you are feeling super hungry, you can throw the bark in the freezer to cut the wait time in half.
I really hope you enjoyed this recipe and try it out for yourself 🙂
For more peanut butter chocolate deliciousness, try these other recipes:
Chocolate Pretzel Bark Recipe
- 3 oz dark chocolate (this is about 1 bar of chocolate)
- 4 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 2.4 oz gluten free pretzels
- Start by melting your chocolate. You can do this by melting it in the microwave in 30 second increments.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and transfer the melted chocolate to the baking sheet.
- Use a spoon or rubber spatula to spread out the layer of chocolate evenly.
- Add your peanut butter to a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners.
- Drizzle the peanut butter in vertical lines across the melted chocolate.
- Then take a toothpick and run it in the opposite direction of the peanut butter lines to create a marble effect.
- Transfer your pretzels to a separate ziplock bag and crush them.
- Sprinkle the crushed pretzels on the chocolate peanut butter bark.
- Add a sprinkle of sea salt if you would like.
- Refrigerate or freeze your chocolate pretzel bark until it has fully hardened.
- Cut it with a knife or break it apart with your hands and enjoy your delicious dessert 🙂