Coconut Mango Cashew Chocolate Bark

cashew mango coconut barkDo you want a piece of chocolate that tastes like the islands? I think mango and coconut are two of the best things ever, and they both remind me of hot summer days in the Philippines. I have a super easy recipe for chocolate bark topped with tropical flavors: dried mangoes, roasted coconut chips, and crunchy roasted cashews.

I love making chocolate bark (may I interest you in Easter Candy Chocolate Bark, Double Chocolate Crunch Bark, and Thin Mints Chocolate Bark?) Bark is perfect for serving at parties, for food gifts (I like making little goody bags or placing them inside mason jars), and as a last minute dessert.

The best part is that it’s a no bake treat, so all I really need to think about is what flavor combination I would like, and not have to worry about turning on the oven and burning my hand again (it only happened once but I think about it every time I open the oven doors which, as you might guess, is very often).

cashew mango coconut chocolate barThis Cashew Coconut Mango Chocolate Bark is gluten free, and if you use dairy-free dark chocolate, it can also be vegan. It’s not exactly healthy but when compared to other desserts – let’s say creamy cheesecake, or Nutella truffles, or another more indulgent bark – this bark is better in terms of nutritional value. Just think of all the healthy fats from the cashews! The antioxidants from the dried mangoes! And coconut?! I can’t stop using exclamation points!

caju cashewsroasted cashewschocolate bark ingredientsI was given a sample of Caju cashews – these are roasted cashews imported from Vietnam, made by a small family-owned company that specializes in roasting cashews for over 20 years. They don’t use any oil and only use light sea salt to enhance the flavor. They nuts are crunchy and sweet, and while I like just snacking on a handful, I knew the cashews would pair nicely with other tropical flavors in a chocolate bark.

I already had all the ingredients in my pantry so this was incredibly easy to whip up. I used milk chocolate and roasted coconut chips from Trader Joe’s, and a bag of dried mangoes that I brought back with me from the Philippines (but dried mangoes can be purchased in most grocery stores). If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you or don’t want to use roasted coconut chips, you can toast shredded coconut yourself (around 10 minutes at 325 F) or use it raw.

no bake gluten free chocolate barkYou might be thinking, “that looks like it has more toppings than chocolate!” You are right. This is LOADED. Overflowing. Brimming with tropical flavors and wonderful texture from crunchy cashews, sweet mangoes, and coconut flakes, on top of smooth and creamy milk chocolate. It might not transport you to a Southeast Asian vacation, but at least you’ll get a taste of the islands.

Coconut Mango Cashew Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

16 oz milk chocolate
1 cup roasted cashews (I used Caju whole roasted cashews)
1 cup chopped dried mangoes
2 oz roasted coconut chips (you can substitute with 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut)

Directions

  1. Place the milk chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth. I heated everything for a total of 2 minutes. You can also use a double broiler to melt your chocolate.
  2. Scrape the chocolate onto a baking sheet line with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Sprinkle cashews, coconut, and dried mangoes over the melted chocolate. Press lightly to make sure the toppings are adhered to the chocolate base.
  4. Chill in fridge again for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes until completely set. Break into uneven pieces using your hands or using a sharp chef's knife.

mango coconut chocolate barkDo you have any favorite mango, coconut, or cashew recipes?

   

30 Responses to “Coconut Mango Cashew Chocolate Bark”

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen posted April 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Mango and chocolate, what an unusual combination.These look so nice.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Thanks, Mariana! The dried mangoes actually work really well with chocolate, I hope you get to try it sometime!

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    Victoria posted April 24, 2014 at 8:02 am

    You seriously combined 3 of my favorite things with chocolate. My breakfast now seems very inadequate.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks, Victoria! I kinda want to eat these for breakfast. And by kinda I mean really.

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

    You had me at roasted cashews. I love the flavor combinations in this recipe!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks, Michelle. Roasted cashews are so addicting!

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    Monica posted April 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Did somebody say ‘chocolate bark’? I am all over it. Looks great and sounds delicious, Bianca. I never make bark because I’m worried about bloom but I might give it a go.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thanks, Monica! I melt chocolate in the microwave and didn’t have a problem – it’s that low maintenance :) I hope you try it soon!

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    Kumar's Kitchen posted April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    we are all into mangoes now…they are so loaded in farmers markets…and this treat with a no-bake credit to it is calling us….can imagine the lovely combination of mangoes,chocolates and cashews together,thanks for sharing :-)

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    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies posted April 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This is actually an amazing use for the remaining chocolate bunnies I have (ugh, I was given soooo many). If I chop them up, they’ll melt perfectly and I know they’ll be better with all this fruity, nutty deliciousness on top.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Yes, melt the bunnies into this!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted April 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Do I want a piece of chocolate bark the taste like the islands?? Not even a question in my book! I’ll take it all.

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    Michelle posted April 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Bianca, it would be FAR too dangerous to have that around!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I know! I gave it away immediately, but several (many) pieces were ingested while I was cutting and photographing :)

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    Megan posted April 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I think it’s a great ratio of chocolate to toppings. The flavors sound delicious!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted April 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    This is so interesting – love chocolate, and cashews and of course coconut, and I love mango but would have never thought to put them all together! Dried mango – I need some!

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    Juliana posted April 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    These chocolate barks look delicious, like the mango with the cashew…exotic and tropical…
    Hope you are having a great week Bianca :D

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner posted April 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This bark looks fabulous! Cashews are my favorite nut, I’m a mango freak, and I love coconut. Such a great combination of flavors!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted April 24, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I love how loaded this bark is. Go big or go home :). How come I’ve never tried coconut chips before?? Cannot wait to pick up a bag and make this bark. I bet it tastes ah-mazing! Pinned!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking posted April 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I love that this gorgeous bark only needs 4 ingredients! It looks so scrumptious and perfect for summer snacking (and gifting)!

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    Meghan posted April 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I love dried mango and coconut! The flavors in this must have been so bright and cheery!

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    Rosanna @ rosannaskitchen.com posted April 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Mango and chocolate sounds great together – I would eat the whole thing in one sitting!

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    Mary posted April 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I’m absolutely swooning! AND it’s a no bake treat! Looks divine and I”m looking forward to trying :)
    Mary

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted April 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Seriously! You have combined all the ingredients we LOVE!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted April 27, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I love the mango and coconut together!! It reminds me of summer, also :)

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    Molly Galler posted April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I love how bright these look, even set against the dark chocolate color.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted April 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Oh wow — this looks delicious. I love all the flavors you combined in your bark! What a great treat!

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    Daisy posted April 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    this is 4 of my favorite things mixed into one. what a treat!!!

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    grace posted April 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    this is a very aesthetically pleasing bark and i can just imagine how wonderful the whole combination tastes! very delicious creation, bianca!

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    Kathleen Robinson posted May 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I love all these things…especially cashews and chocolate! I def need to try this :)

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