Welcome back to the kitchen, fellow food enthusiasts and Weight Watchers! Today, I have a delightful treat in store for you that perfectly embodies the essence of balance and flavor.
If you're like me, you're constantly seeking that sweet spot between satisfying your cravings and staying on track with your health and fitness goals. Well, my friends, you're in for a real treat with this homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Date Bark recipe.
As autumn paints our world with vibrant hues of orange and brown, we're inspired to infuse the warm and cozy flavors of the season into our culinary creations.
What better way to do that than with the irresistible combination of chocolate, pumpkin, and sweet, chewy dates? This recipe is a harmonious blend of decadence and wholesomeness, making it a must-try for those looking to indulge mindfully.
In this blog post, I'll walk you through the steps of crafting this delectable Chocolate Pumpkin Date Bark, sharing tips and tricks to keep it not only delicious but also nutritious.
We'll explore the health benefits of the star ingredients and how they come together to create a guilt-free treat that's perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea on a crisp fall afternoon or as a thoughtful homemade gift for loved ones.
So, whether you're watching your waistline, craving a healthier dessert option, or simply intrigued by the idea of combining chocolate, pumpkin, and dates in one delectable bite, join me on this culinary adventure.
Let's whip up a batch of this delightful bark that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling good about your choices. Let's get started!
Make sure try some of my other popular healthy Weight Watcher recipes. Low Calorie Wendy's Frosty, 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Muffins , Mini DASH Chaffles, Air Fryer Beignets and The WW Zero Point Apple Crisp Chips.
Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this easy pumpkin chocolate date bark recipe!
Weight Watcher Friendly - This quick and easy Pumpkin Date Bark recipe is only 2 points for 1 piece of chocolate bark.
Easy to Make - This healthy no bake dessert recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and 0 cook time.
Kid Friendly - Kids love getting involved in the kitchen, and decorating the chocolate bark. Pumpkin and dates add natural sweetness and a hint of nutrition, making this treat a better alternative to purely sugary options.
Making homemade chocolate bark with pumpkin and dates is a wonderful way to bond with your children in the kitchen while creating a tasty and healthier treat that everyone will enjoy. Plus, it's perfect for the fall season and Halloween celebrations!
Ingredients needed and substitutions
Pitted Dates - Make sure you use the dates with the pits removed.
Optional Add Ins - Almonds, pumpkin seeds, pretzels or even some crushed mint candy work well with this chocolate pumpkin bark recipe.
Chocolate Chips - Nestle's Tollhouse chocolate morsels were used for this frozen chocolate dessert. Dark chocolate morsels work great if you prefer a dark chocolate pumpkin date bark. If you are watching your sugar intake use Lily's Stevia sweetened dark chocolate chips.
How to make Chocolate Pumpkin Date Bark
1: Take a small baking pan and line with parchment paper. Now place your pitted dates onto the pan next to each other in rows of 5 across using all 20 dates.
2: Now place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dates and use the bottom of a glass or jar to flatten your dates making them as thin as possible. It may help to slice the dates open prior to placing them on your pan if your prefer a thin bark candy.
3: Now remove the top sheet of parchment paper and spread the pumpkin over the flattened dates covering them all.
4: Place your chocolate chips with one tablespoon of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until the chocolate melts into a nice spreadable consistency.
5: Spread the melted chocolate over the pumpkin until everything is covered. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the freezer for 1 hour.
6: Remove from freezer and break into pieces by hand or with a mallet. Ready to eat...enjoy!!
Watch the How to Make Pumpkin Bark Video here...
Place the chocolate pumpkin bark in an airtight container. Layer the pieces of chocolate pumpkin bark between sheets of parchment paper or wax paper. Keep in the refrigerator or freezer.
Chocolate bark can be stored for several weeks to a few months if properly stored. However, for the best taste and texture, it's recommended to consume it within the first few weeks. Homemade chocolate bark often contains fresh ingredients, and the longer it's stored, the more the quality may deteriorate.
Some popular add ins are nuts, dried fruits, cookies, candies, seeds and spices.
- Use High-Quality Chocolate: Start with good-quality dark chocolate, preferably with a cocoa content of at least 70%. This will provide a rich chocolate flavor without the need for excessive sugar.
- Measure Ingredients: Accurate measurements are crucial for portion control. Use a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients for precise tracking of Weight Watchers points.
- Choose Pumpkin Puree: Opt for unsweetened canned pumpkin puree, as it adds pumpkin flavor without added sugars or extra points.
- Sweeten Mindfully: Use a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol to sweeten the pumpkin mixture. Be cautious not to over-sweeten, as pumpkin already has natural sweetness.
- Spice it Up: Add warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to your pumpkin mixture for that cozy fall flavor. Remember to adjust quantities to your taste.
- Go Easy on Mix-Ins: If you want to add mix-ins like nuts or seeds, use them sparingly to keep the point count in check. Chopped pecans or pumpkin seeds work well.
- Pumpkin Spice Extract: Consider using a pumpkin spice extract to intensify the pumpkin flavor without adding extra sugar.
- Use Parchment Paper: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and make it easier to remove the bark later.
- Melt Chocolate Gently: When melting the chocolate, do it in a microwave or a double boiler over low heat to avoid scorching. Stir frequently for even melting.
- Layer Thinly: Spread your melted chocolate thinly on the parchment paper to create a more delicate, satisfying crunch with each bite.
- Swirl the Pumpkin: Drizzle the pumpkin mixture over the melted chocolate in a decorative pattern. Use a toothpick or a skewer to create swirls.
- Chill Properly: Allow the chocolate bark to set in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours, or until it's completely firm. This ensures a nice snap when you break it into pieces.
- Portion Control: After it's fully set, cut your bark into small, bite-sized pieces. This will help you manage portion sizes and control your points intake.
- Store Correctly: Keep the pumpkin chocolate bark in an airtight container in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for longer storage.
- Enjoy Mindfully: Savor each piece and take your time to enjoy the flavors. Being mindful of what you eat can help you feel satisfied with smaller portions.
- By following these expert tips, you can create a delicious homemade pumpkin chocolate bark that's not only Weight Watchers-friendly but also bursting with the flavors of fall. Enjoy your treat guilt-free!
Are you a Weight Watcher?
If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Points System.
This healthy WW healthy homemade pumpkin chocolate bark recipe is only 2 Points on my app for one big and tasty piece of fall candy bark.
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