Peppermint infused Dark Chocolate Bark
An impressive healthy treat which is super simple to make, no one will know it was so easy. Also makes a great homemade edible gift. Gluten free, dairy free and also a nut free option.
Let me tell you how easy this is to prepare, if you’re choosing to use purchased 85% dark chocolate, you add this to a double boiler, add in some nuts/seeds/coconut/dried fruit and pour onto grease proof paper, add additional goodies on top and place into the freezer to set for 15mins. Break apart into uneven pieces and serve. A super simple, decadent treat that anyone could prepare!
If you don’t have a double boiler, you could place the chocolate in a metal mixing bowl and place over boiling water OR place a sieve over a boiling pot and place chocolate in a glass bowl in the sieve.
This chocolate bark is infused with doTERRA Peppermint Oil – this adds another dynamic to the bark. Not only is it tasty, Peppermint Oil offers many benefits and as a result has been used for centuries. Peppermint oil is well known to help alleviate stomach upsets, promote healthy respiratory function, supporting oral health. It has the ability to soothe burns, aromatically it can enliven the senses promoting a feeling of energy and it can even be used to repel bugs and spiders in your house – just to name a few. Are you convinced?? As a result of its so many facets and uses, Peppermint oil is one of the bestselling and highly favoured essential oils.
Back to the bark….. The chocolate bark is also allergen friendly, as you can pick and choose your toppings and there is also the option of making your own chocolate. This is also quick and easy – I have included a simple recipe for you below.
When choosing chocolate, I prefer to look for a high quality, organic, dairy free dark chocolate and I look for it to be 85% cacao – my go-to is Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate (85%)
This recipe is also super versatile – you can add any nuts/seeds/coconut/dried fruit that you already have on hand in your pantry. For this recipe I went for Almonds, goji berries and coconut. Probably some of my most used (and loved ingredients) that go so well together and as a result, I always tend to have on hand.
If you have leftovers, this also stores well. You can store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
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- 100g dark chocolate (I used Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate (85%))*
- 3-4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2-3T sliced almonds
- 2T goji berries
- 2T shredded coconut
To make your own chocolate:
- ½ c cacao butter
- ½ c cacao powder
- 2T sweetener (e.g. rice malt syrup or coconut nectar)
- ½ t pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl placed in a pot or place a glass bowl in a metal sieve and place both over a boiling pot of water or use a microwave)
- (If making your own chocolate – melt cacao butter and whisk all ingredients together until smooth)
- Add some of the almonds to the melted chocolate
- Pour the chocolate mix onto baking paper to desired thickness (preferably around 0.5cm)
- Sprinkle remaining ingredients onto chocolate
- Place in the freezer for 15mins
- Break chocolate into pieces (roughly – you don’t want it to be perfect)
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer
*Use organic produce where possible *If you have time use activated nuts/seeds *For a nut free version, you could substitute the almonds for e.g. pumpkin seeds *Essentially, you can use whatever nuts/seeds/dried fruit etc that you have on hand. *You could also try toasting your nuts/seeds by placing in the oven for around 10mins (allow to cool)