I’m drooling over this chocolate orange bark recipe.
Last week I was in Ottawa for work and I tacked on a few extra days to my trip so I could visit my friend Ashley. Since moving from Ottawa I’ve visited her every year but the gaps between visits widens as we both get busier, so I was so thrilled for a chance see her. We always squeeze in some shopping and crafting (Exhibit A and Exhibit B), but this time we spent most of our time just chatting and catching up. She recently started selling doTERRA brand essential oils and I use a lot of essential oils in my crafts on the blog (like my DIY air freshener, my handmade soap experiments, and my pretty soy candles), so this time we chatted a lot about essential oils. Ashley tried to convince me that there’s a difference in quality between doTERRA oils and the (much, much) cheaper kinds of essential oils I’ve been using in my DIYs. But I still wasn’t sold on the massive price difference, so to demonstrate the quality Ashley whipped up this delicious chocolate orange bark using a doTERRA brand essential oil.
You can pretty much convince me of anything if there’s chocolate (or turquoise) involved!
I had never in my life made chocolate bark, but it was so delicious that I wanted to share it with you. If you’re looking for a pretty dessert to whip up in two seconds flat, you might want to try this easy chocolate orange bark recipe. It’s simple to make but looks so fancy!
Ingredient for Chocolate Orange Bark
- Orange essential oil – 6 drops
- Shredded, unsweetened coconut – small handful
- Semi-sweet baking chocolate – 8 oz
- One large orange (to zest)
- Baking sheet with rim
- Parchment paper
- Small pot
- Zester – must be turquoise or mint for recipe to work 😉
Making this chocolate orange bark is too easy to even call this a recipe: simply melt the baking chocolate on low heat in a small pot, add 6 drops of orange essential oil and combine well, then pour into a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool a few minutes and top with orange zest and shredded coconut.
Pop into the freezer for a couple of hours and – ta da! World’s easiest dessert! But this chocolate orange bark tastes phenomenal – dangerously addictive, with a very satisfying orange flavor.
I’ve only ever cooked/baked with extracts, not oils, so this was a fun experiment! Have you ever tried baking/cooking with essential oils? Until my conversations with Ashley, I didn’t realize how many fillers and harmful contaminants were lurking in essential oils marketed as “pure”. So if you are going to use essential oils in place of extracts, please make sure they’re intended to be consumed (food grade) and watch the quantity as well, because essential oils are highly concentrated and many otherwise healthy things can be toxic in high concentrations. Here are some essential oil safety tips to check out and if you’re like some practical tips, this article features an interview with an RN who uses essential oils in her cooking. Plus check out this list from the FDA because it lists which essential oils can be consumed (remember: some are toxic!).
If you’re going to experiment with some essential oil recipes or DIYs, or pop some oil into a pretty diffuser to naturally add a fabulous aroma to your home, check the ingredients and quality because not all essential oils are created equally. If you’ve been intrigued by doTERRA specifically, I’d love to put you in touch with my friend Ashley, a new Wellness Advocate for the brand (the only way to purchase these oils – the “doTERRA” labeled products available on Amazon are knock offs). I don’t particularly have any love for the brand, but Ashley is very knowledgeable about essential oils. She has actually worked in health advocacy for much of her career, so she’s especially interested in the health benefits of essential oils and uses them to enhance her family’s wellness (like using certain oils as a decongestant for mild colds and diffusing calming aromas to help her family relax and unwind).
Plus she’ll ply you with goodies like this chocolate orange bark, so there’s that added incentive…