In order to avoid feeling too restricted, most dieters understand the need to indulge your urges for a sweet treat (every now and then). Instead of snacking on nutritionally devoid candy and sweets, reach for a snack that tastes great and offers a little peace of mind.
BarkTHINS are a popular snack made from healthy ingredients, like dark chocolate shavings, almonds, coconut, blueberries and pumpkin seeds.
Despite the fact that this snack contains sugar and a fair amount of carbs, it is made with mostly healthy, natural ingredients that offer a number of health benefits. In fact, a number of ingredients are even considered superfoods!
Our favorite flavor is Dark Chocolate and Almond BarkTHINS. Keep reading to find out more about these delicious treats, along with some other tasty alternative snacks to support your low carb lifestyle…
Are BarkTHINS Keto Friendly?
Those following the Keto diet can eat BarkTHINS in moderation. I like to take one or two pieces and place them on a saucer, savoring them slowly along with my afternoon tea. This combo offers a tasty and quick ‘pick me up’ when I’m feeling sluggish. Eating them this way also helps keep portion sizes under control, as you’re more likely to overeat them if you snack directly from the bag.
Watch out for some varieties of BarkTHINS, like the ones containing pretzels or sugary mint pieces. Those types can rack up more carbs per serving. If you’re following Keto, you may wish to avoid the pretzel and mint varieties of this snack as they add an additional 10 grams of carbs per serving.
How Many Carbs are in BarkTHINS?
BarkTHINS are sold in a number of different varieties that vary in carbs counts. Let’s take a look at some of their popular signature recipes:
Dark Chocolate and Almond BarkTHINS (about 4 pieces) contain 17 grams of net carbs in a 1.4 ounce serving (40 grams). This variety is lowest in carbs. You may wish to cut this serving size in half if you’re following a strict low carb diet, like Keto. If you’re following a more liberal low carb meal plan, you may choose to enjoy the full serving size.
Dark Chocolate and Peanut BarkTHINS contain 19 grams of net carbs for the same size serving.
Toasted Coconut BarkTHINS contain 24 grams of net carbs per serving.
Dark Chocolate and Pretzel BarkTHINS are higher in carbs at 25 grams net carbs per Serving. Because pretzels are such a condensed, carb-rich ingredient, eating Pretzel Bark THINS can quickly cause you to reach your daily carb limit.
Dark Chocolate Blueberry are a bit higher in net carbs at 26 grams per serving but they offer the added antioxidant value of blueberries.
Dark Chocolate and Mint BarkTHINS are even higher in carbs, at 28 grams of net carbs per serving. They contain sugary mint pieces in this signature mixture and list more sugar overall.
How Many Calories are in BarkTHINS?
A 1.4 ounce serving or 40 grams of BarkTHINS (about 4 pieces) contains 230 calories.
| BarkTHINS (Dark Chocolate & Almonds) |
Serving Size: 1.4 ounces (40 grams or 4 pieces)
|Total Fat||14 grams|
|Saturated Fat||7 grams|
|Net Carbs||17 grams|
Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut BarkTHINS
Dark Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Vanilla], Sweetened Toasted Coconut (Coconut, Cane Sugar, Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), Dry Roasted Almonds, Sea Salt.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed BarkTHINS
Dark Chocolate Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Vanilla], Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sea Salt.
Dark Chocolate Blueberry BarkTHINS (with Quinoa Crunch)
Sweetened Blueberries (Blueberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Glazed Quinoa (Cane Sugar, Quinoa, Agave Syrup, Rice Syrup, Salt), Sea Salt.
Dark Chocolate Peanut BarkTHINS
Dark Chocolate Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Vanilla, Dry Roasted Peanuts, Sea Salt. Contains Peanuts and Soy. May Contain Tree Nuts, Wheat, Milk and Eggs.
Many of the ingredients in BarkTHINS offer some amazing health benefits. Depending on the flavor you choose to buy, you can expect the following health perks:
Dark Chocolate has reached superfood status because of the powerful antioxidants it contains. These antioxidants protect against cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure. It raises “good” HDL cholesterol and Protects against harmful LDL oxidation. Studies show that eating dark chocolate regularly may also reduce your risk of heart disease and improve brain function. Additionally, it may also help protect your skin from harmful UV sun rays.
Almonds contain a good amount of heart-healthy fats, along with a good dose of fiber and protein. Almonds also contain vitamin E and the trace mineral, magnesium. Consuming almonds regularly can help lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and regulate healthy cholesterol levels. Consuming this nut as a snack can also keep you feeling full in between meals and prevent overeating, which supports weight loss.
Peanuts are rich in nutrients and low in carbohydrates. They offer a dose of heart-healthy fats along with protein and fiber. They’re also rich in B vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium.
Coconut is a great source of vitamin B6, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium and zinc. The heart healthy fat and lauric acid in coconut can help raise levels of heart-“good” HDL cholesterol.
Blueberries are another ingredient that is touted as being a superfood. Packed with nutrients yet low in calories, blueberries contain amazingly beneficial antioxidants that reduce DNA damage and protect against diseases, like cancer. Eating blueberries regularly also helps prevent the oxidation of LDL and may lower blood pressure.
Quinoa is considered another superfood because it contains all 9 essential amino acids and various antioxidants. This grain is also high in fiber and plant based protein. Those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance can rest assured that this grain does not contain gluten. Quinoa contains a good source of, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, potassium, and phosphorus.
Pumpkin Seeds are high in magnesium and fiber. What’s more, they contain a variety of antioxidants that may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Studies show that consuming pumpkin seeds regularly may improve heart health and lower blood sugar levels.
Mint relieves indigestion and can help treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Interestingly, mint may also improve brain function. Mint also cold symptoms and it’s a natural breath-freshener.
Other Keto-Friendly Alternative Sweet Treats
- Make your own chocolate bark at home adding your own custom ingredients, nuts, seeds, cranberries, crisp rice, etc.
- Stir a teaspoon of cocoa and some stevia into your Greek yogurt cup and freeze it with a stick inside for a frozen yogurt pop.
- Adjust any cookie recipe to make it low carb by using almond flour instead of wheat flour and substitute sweetener instead of sugar.
- Dip almonds in melted dark chocolate and then roll them in shredded, unsweetened coconut. Store these in the fridge on parchment paper so the chocolate shell hardens.
- There are many recipes online for chewy power bars and energy balls called “fat bombs”. These make a great pre-workout snack because they contain healthy ingredients like dates, nut butter, coconut, etc.
- Blend up a rich and thick chocolate smoothie using cocoa and peanut butter or chocolate and coffee for a mocha flavored shake. Try one of these Keto Friendly Smoothies .
Fiber in BarkTHINS
Depending on the flavor, BarkTHINS contain around 1 – 2 grams of fiber per 40 gram serving.
Sugar in BarkTHINS
Most varieties of BarkTHINS contain around 15 grams of sugar. Some varieties, like blueberry and mint contain more.
Gluten in BarkTHINS
All Bark THIN flavors are gluten-friendly. While they’re not made in a gluten free facility, they do not contain any gluten as an ingredient.
Are BarkTHINS Vegan?
BarkTHINS are considered vegan-friendly. However, they aren’t certified vegan because the sugar in them goes through a non-vegan refining process.