Yes, you saw correctly, Choc Peppermint Christmas Bark is what we'll be making today.. and let me tell you, it will not disappoint!
I've been seeing 'Christmas Bark' all over Pinterest and I decided it was time for me to get creative and make my own version. It didn't take long for it to become a new favourite in our house, as Dim managed to sniff out my hiding spot in the freezer and demolish the whole batch within a few short hours.
If you only have a few minutes to whip up something delicious and festive, if you need to take something to a Christmas party, or if you feel like making something as a nice gift for friends or family, then this Christmas Bark is perfect! It looks like you've put a lot of effort into it, but in fact it only takes 5 minutes to make and only a few staple ingredients!
Depending on your chosen toppings, this recipe is also gluten free, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free and guilt free!
Here's how to make it:
1/3 cup nut butter (I used a combination of almond butter and peanut butter but any nut butter will be fine)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup pretzels
1/4 cup dark chocolate coated cherries, chopped up
1 candy cane, broken into small chunks
*you can use any toppings that you like, get creative!
1. In a large mixing bowl, add the nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and peppermint extract and mix together until it is well combined.
2. Add in the cacao and mix again until it forms a smooth and glossy chocolate.
3. Pour the chocolate into a lined slice tray. I like to spread the chocolate over 3/4 of the tray as I like my bark to be thick. You can spread your chocolate to your preferred thickness.
4. Once your chocolate is in the tray, add your toppings and ensure that they're poked into the chocolate.
5. Place the bark in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour until it is set.
6. Once set, remove from the freezer and break it up into rough chunks.
7. Transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the freezer.
*Please note, as we have used coconut oil the bark will get very soft and melt if it is out of the freezer for too long. Make sure it is stored in the freezer unless you are eating it.
There we have it! The easiest and tastiest Choc Peppermint Christmas Bark ever! If you want to get on the 'nice list' this Christmas, then you definitely need to make this for your friends and family!