Healthy-ish Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe

by Kaitlynn Fenley
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I adore peppermint and chocolate. It’s such a refreshing combination, and the mint really lightens up the creamy chocolate. What I love even more is peppermint bark loaded with healthy, fiber-rich nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. This festive, easy peppermint chocolate bark recipe brings together all of these elements for a healthier and delicious chocolate option during the holidays.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark, aka chocolate bark with peppermint, is one of my favorite winter sweets. If you love mint chocolate anything, you’ll love this recipe. It’s easy to make and the ingredients are quite healthy! I almost used the same toppings that we used for our Autumn Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark, but I switched it up slightly.

Healthy Peppermint Chocolate Bark Ingredients

The ingredients here are pretty simple and easily adjustable. You don’t like pistachios? No problem, just use almonds or sunflower seeds instead.

We used my favorite dried berry, goji berries. Naturally, I love the most expensive berry in the whole grocery store. *rolls eyes* For contrast and holiday inspiration we needed a green element, so that’s where the yummy pistachios came in. For crunch and texture, we threw in some gluten-free pretzels from trader joes. Those added a nice bit of salt too, which is necessary for anything chocolate. Lastly, I sprinkled some hemp hearts and chia seeds on top before the bark set, and I think it added great texture and nutrition!

Chocolate Options

For chocolate, I chose to use Loving Earth Chocolate. It’s a coconut-based, cane sugar-free chocolate, but you can use whatever chocolate your heart desires. You can even use chocolate that already has mint in it! Next time I make this recipe, I think I’d rather go for bars of dark chocolate instead. I find lighter chocolates and white chocolates melt faster and don’t hold up as well.

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Healthy Peppermint Bark

I adore peppermint and chocolate. It’s such a refreshing combination, and the mint really lightens up the creamy chocolate. What I love even more is peppermint bark loaded with healthy, fiber-rich nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. This festive, easy peppermint chocolate bark recipe brings together all of these elements for a healthier and delicious chocolate option during the holidays.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: dessert

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 Bars of Dairy-Free Chocolate
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Pepermint Extract
  • 1 Cup Pretzels, Broken Up
  • 1/3 Cup Goji Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachios 
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Line a rectangular baking pan (about 11 x 7 x 2) with parchment paper on all sides
  2. Measure and prep the topping ingredients. Crush the pretzels and measure out the goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and pistachios. 
  3. Heat a double boiler over medium heat. As you bring the water to a boil, chop your chocolate into small pieces.
  4. Once the water is boiling, place the chopped chocolate in the top portion of the double boiler. Use a spatula to stir the chocolate continuously until it melts.
  5. Carefully remove the top bowl and place on a heatproof surface. Add in the peppermint extract. You can taste test and add more peppermint if you like the flavor stronger. 
  6. Pour melted chocolate into your baking pan lined with parchment paper. Gently tap pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles and evenly distribute the chocolate.
  7. Allow chocolate to cool and set for about 10 minutes. Then, sprinkle the pretzels, goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and pistachios on top. Gently tap pan on the counter again to set toppings into the chocolate. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt.
  8. Allow to cool completely, then cut into pieces and enjoy! 

Notes

Cooling time: at room temperature this can take up to 6 hours. You can also cool the chocolate bark in the fridge for about 1 hour. 

Keywords: chocolate, peppermint, chocolate bark

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