As I’m considering what to bring to all of these holiday gatherings and cookie parties this month… I’ve put together a healthier version of one of our favorites: Christmas Bark.
I was inspired from a brand I saw in Costco. I truly wish I remembered the name+brand… cuz’ when you don’t want to make it yourself… Costco is ALWAYS a your friend. I heart Costco. But… try the treat isle at your local Costco <— it’s a last minute party saver.
However… If you would like to make this christmas bark yourself. IT’S THIS EASY:
Less than 10 minutes of prep.
15-20 minutes in the freezer.
No baking or huge mess required.
- It’s pretty – like it snowed on your beautiful Christmas garland.
- Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, helping your body to protect itself from damage caused by free radicals (AKA evil molecules that interfere with you cells’ ability to function).
- Dark chocolate is also high in vitamins + minerals, including potassium, copper, magnesium, + iron.
- A little bit goes a long way – This is a dessert that satisfies with only a few bites. <— yep, cure your sweet tooth with a healthier dessert and don’t overload on unnecessary calories.
- It’s the perfect combo of tart + sweet – The coconut sugar, dark chocolate and unsweetened cranberries conbined is tart + sweet + satisfying.
Here’s me hoping you love this christmas bark… and…
I used unsweetened cranberries, which I easily located at my local Whole Foods store…. they were less than 3$! It can be hard to find unsweetened cranberries at most grocery stores, and so if you don’t have a Whole Foods near you —-> here are some unsweetened dried cranberries from Amazon.
Which chocolate should you use? Select a brand using natural ingredients (check the label) + the darker the better. Again Whole Foods has great options… but here is a dark chocolate for baking brand you can also order online. I heart Amazon.
The rest of the ingredients = Quinoa, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes and coconut sugar (or sub cane sugar). <—- Easily located at your local supermarket.
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- Line a cookie sheet with saran wrap or parchment paper and set it aside.
- Melt chocolate chips in a small sauce pan over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).
- Once melted, add quinoa and stir. Chocolate will turn into a fudge-like consistency within seconds. As soon as this happens, remove from heat and place chocolate onto your cookie sheet lined with saran wrap or parchment paper. Flatten the chocolate to be about ⅛ inch thick with a spoon (or your hands).
- While chocolate is sticky - sprinkle coconut sugar, cranberries, pepitas and coconut flakes on top (you may need to press toppings into chocolate, if chocolate is hardening too soon).
- Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut your chocolate into squares - about the size of a cookie.
- Place chocolate in the freezer to harden for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove, peel christmas bark from parchment paper and enjoy!
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