Easy recipe for Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark

Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark

Easy recipe for Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark
Easy recipe for Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark

The Musings:

As I finally move towards a stable routine with my new job and this site, I’m considering making more of an effort to do freelance writing. Somewhere along the way, I think I gave up on the possibility of joining the ranks of seasoned freelance writers and stuck to a safety net of small, local magazines. There’s certainly nothing wrong with freelancing locally, but it has limited my writing to some extent.

I’m starting to miss my days at the university newspaper where I wrote about everything and anything. I miss the challenge that is exploring a new topic I know nothing about, while somehow writing with the authority of a professional. I also miss being paid to write. Who wouldn’t? 😉

Income is definitely a factor here. For a while I wanted to throw all my time and energy into this site to make an income, but that path isn’t feasible at this point in my life. I’m past the “unemployed university graduate” stage, but have not quite reached the “comfortable working professional” stage. Feasibility aside, the type of writing that enriches me the most is not the type of writing that content pushing, fast-growing blogs tend to share.

So! This combination of posting once per week and allowing as many words as I wish to flow from my mind through the keys, has freed up my time a little (to this workaholic, that means I now have a weekend day off and don’t know what to do with myself).

I achieved a rare moment of stillness this afternoon that I haven’t felt in months. Laying in my nest with my laptop propped up on a pillow, I opened up a blank document and within half an hour’s time had written a personal essay of over 2,000 words. Shonda Rhimes calls this experience “the hum“, and it’s something I didn’t know I missed until I felt it again.

The hum occurs when you’re hard at work, completely absorbed, and a strong connection courses through you that resembles a drug-induced high. The hum comes from true joy and love in what you are experiencing in that very moment. I imagine the same brain centres are lit up when you’re experiencing the hum as the parts of your brain that are active when you are in love, and during cocaine use. The hum is a wonderful drug that gives you business power and allows you to push through hurdles and get things done.

I need the hum. I crave the hum. I’m so fortunate to have listened to Rhimes’ TED Talk last night because it brought some clarity to what I’ve been missing for a long time. I really, honestly, truly, need to write about more than food. It’s time I recognize that and make it a priority.
Easy recipe for Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark

The Recipe:

This simple recipe for chunky monkey chocolate bark is the kind of treat you can whip up in 15 minutes when your chocolate craving hits. For faster hardening, place the bark in the freezer directly after following steps 1-2. Crushed banana chips peanuts add a rich nutty taste to this bark for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike. If you prefer a softer bark, store it in the freezer. For a crunch-worthy bark, store in the fridge. Enjoy 🙂

Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark
Author: My Dish is Bomb
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: one tray
  • 2 cups (420 g/15 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 TB coconut oil
  • 50 g (2 oz) banana chips, crushed coarsely
  • 50 g (2 oz) roasted peanuts, crushed coarsely
  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil, stirring occasionally. Pour the melted chocolate over the parchment paper and sprinkle the banana chips and peanuts over the chocolate.
  3. Place the tray in the fridge to cool completely (at least 30 minutes), then break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

29 thoughts on “Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark”

  1. One, this bark looks delicious. Two, I’m so glad you are figuring out what you need / want to do to make you happy, etc. I’ve been completely blocking off Sundays for absolutely zero work (and if I am in the kitchen, it has to be for fun only!). And man, what a difference just that makes!!

    1. Yeah, and I bet when you’re in the kitchen on Sunday doing stuff just for fun it’s super rewarding too! I think we sometimes forget to play and experiment when there’s always work in the back of our minds. I’m glad you’ve been working out a better schedule too! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad your new schedule is working out for you and that you’re discovering your love for writing about new things 🙂 This bar looks awesome! Love the peanut butter banana bread and chocolate combo!

  3. You should totally chase your dreams, Katy! If writing about more than food is what makes you happy, then you need to do that! Life is too short to give up on dreams… or to settle for doing just one thing that makes you happy. I’m a huge fan of yours, and I know you can do whatever you put your mind to! But, with all that said, I have missed you! 😉 Love this bark, girlfriend! Chunky monkey chocolate bark?! That says it all! So delicious, my dear! Cheers! <3

  4. Yes! Figuring out what makes you happy and what you are passionate about is a constant thing, I think. It changes and it is good that you are being flexible and listening to yourself. Also this monkey park! I pretty much only like bananas when they are paired with peanut butter and/or chocolate, so this is perfect 🙂

  5. Katy, I have to say that your photos are so gorgeous.
    It was really nice to read about your plans, this is my first time on your blog and I loved how I immediately connected to what you are saying.
    I’ve been on a bit of the same course. I realized that I want my blog to be a way to express my creative journey and just go with the flow of my work. I’ve been traveling down the stats and engagement stuff and trying to figure out how to make money.
    Your journey is very inspirational.
    Best of wishes to you.

    1. Thank you so much Kellie! I’m so happy to hear that you felt you could connect to my writing. It’s scary sometimes being so open but I do it in the hopes that I will be able to connect with others like yourself 🙂 Blogging is certainly a tough thing to turn into a career and it’s not as easy as some make it look. It’s important to remember why you started. 🙂

  6. Well, the chocolate looks fantastic of course, but I really like the way you talked about writing. It’s so incredibly frustrating to feel stuck, and so frustrating when that empty Word document just stares at you… but once you get going… once you hit that ‘hum’ – it’s just one of the greatest feelings in the world, isn’t it?

  7. Stunning photos! And the chocolate bark looks amazing right now as my stomach grumbles at me for lunch. You certainly have a wonderful way with words and I wish I wrote as well as you did. I completely related to what you said in this post as I am at a crossroads of changing careers at the tender age of 31 and it has been the biggest challenge of my life. To find sometime I am passionate about and to learn to understand more about what I want out of my life and what I love doing. Blogging is a great platform to explore all those things and it can be so incredibly rewarding. Being able to blog as a career is just a bonus, the journey is what makes this experience so universal, relatable and celebrated. Keep up the great work and I loved that this was the first post I read when visiting your blog for the first time. Best, Lynnette

    1. Thank you so much for the compliments, Lynnette 🙂 Blogging is definitely a great way to explore your passions as they change over time. I know mine have definitely changed drastically over the years. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I’d love to read some of your fiction writing! You should post a link somewhere on your site if you don’t already have one 🙂

  8. I love that you talked about “the hum” I have never heard it before but have always wanted to know how to describe that particular feeling this phrase represents. I get “the hum” when I am designing, whether it is typography or creating something geometrical and colorful, I just get totally zoned. I wish I experienced that more in life and we should always strive to have that feeling as much as we can! Happy you are aiming for that and I’m looking forward to reading whatever you have to offer! Also I wish I had this chocolate bark while I was designing. I would get a total sugar rush along with my self-induced high!

    1. It’s an awesome feeling, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the work that gives you that feeling, I’m also so interested to hear what makes other people buzz! And a sugar rush + the hum sounds amazing…need to get on that! Haha.

  9. This post definitely resonates, my friend. I’ve been finding time away from the blog to write about non-food related topics, as well. At this stage, it’s for my eyes only but it’s a turn that I needed to make. I love your writing and am so happy to know that your words and ideas are part of our world. I’m also happy to see that this bark is part of our world. So tempting!

    1. Thanks for such a sweet comment Annie! It’s so hard to be vulnerable and share your writing with others, but it’s also so nice when other connect with your writing! I hope I can read some of your other writing as well when you feel comfortable 🙂

  10. I’m in that awkward stage too! I would’ve loved to be a full time food blogger, but I guess that’s not the path for me (at least not right now!) Anyway, this bark is awesome – I mean who couldn’t love chunky monkey?!??

    1. It’s a tough thing to make work, especially in a short timeline. It took me three years to realize that it might take me three more years…and I’m ok with that! That’s the only way I’ll be able to continue getting enjoyment out of it. Thanks for the comment!

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