EAT IN: Yummy dark chocolate peppermint bark
I am a sucker for peppermint bark during the holiday season. Even though I lead a clean-eating lifestyle, I do enjoy treats during the Christmas season when surrounded by family and friends.
This particular recipe was born from the fact that I really loved peppermint bark as a young adult and wanted to create a clean version that I could feel good about serving to my family.
I consulted with a few different cookbooks, some clean, and some not-so-much, and finally put all these healthy ingredients together to transform dark chocolate into something beautiful, festive and delicious.
You can use whatever peppermint stick you like, but I searched high and low to find one that met all my standards. Whole Foods carries a seasonal peppermint candy cane by Hammonds. This recipe is perfect for making with your children as it is simple, quick and easy.
This dessert is perfectly interchangeable with holiday ingredients that you love: Add a bit of dried fruit or additional nuts and seeds, and get creative this Christmas season.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, chopped
- 2 tablespoons almond slivers, chopped
- 3 tablespoons peppermint stick, crushed
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Roughly chop the nuts and crush the peppermint stick. When the chocolate and oil melt completely, remove from heat and add nuts, seeds and peppermint. Stir until combined.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper and sprinkle the top with a few pumpkin seeds and a bit of leftover peppermint stick. Refrigerate to harden.
The bottom line
This peppermint bark makes a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday dessert table.
Talk to Tracy: Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at www.megahealthymama.com