The holiday season dishes up an abundance of opportunities for family, friends and community to gather. Whether you’re attending a holiday party, hosting an event or creating a table spread, we’ve got some sweet recipes for your menu this season.
During the holidays, there is often guilt about overindulgence and sweet treats. Instead of leaning into guilt and deprivation, see where you can make some simple modifications for celebration and nourishment. In addition to nourishing meals, you can also create delicious desserts, like this yummy chocolate bark, and cocktails that are easy to make, add delicious flavor and align with a healthier holiday lifestyle.
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Dark Chocolate & Coconut Bark
This dark chocolate bark recipe is a fabulous fit for a holiday dessert. Plus, it is perfect as a gift idea or for a holiday cookie swap.
- Prepare an 8×8 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper. The paper should cover the bottom of the pan and all four sides.
- On your stove top, heat the chocolate in a double boiler (or sauce pan over a pot of simmering water). Continue stirring while the chocolate melts.
- melts. Add in the coconut milk. Stir until you have a thinner and creamy chocolate texture. If you choose to add peppermint, salt or nuts, add it in now.
- Spread the melted chocolate evenly across the bottom of the pan.
- Freeze your chocolate until it sets. The freezer is a better (and less time consuming) option than the refrigerator.
- When your chocolate is ready to come out of the freezer, start to melt your coconut oil in a clean pot. Once heated, coconut oil turns into a liquid texture rather quickly. If your oil still has some lumps in it, continue stirring until all of the lumps are gone.
- Pour the melted coconut oil over your chilled chocolate. It will spread very easily. Sprinkle the shredded coconut and chopped berries over the melted oil.
- Chill in the freezer or fridge until the oil sets. It will have a pretty white top once it’s done.
- Once both layers have chilled and set, remove them from the fridge or freezer. If you want to add more coconut and berries, do it while the oil is still warm because it molds the toppings into the bark.
- Remove the bark from the pan and peel off the parchment paper. Place your prepared bark on a cutting board and chop into pieces. Serve and enjoy!
- Raw nuts (chopped) are yummy in this recipe too! If you decide to add peppermint, add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate.
Kim is an integrative life coach, trauma informed yoga teacher and reiki practitioner. Through a holistic and bio-individual approach, she helps women reinvent themselves after a tragedy, trial or trauma.