Even though Christmas is over, I’m not ready to let go of the holiday spirit. One of the things that reminds me most of the holidays is peppermint. Peppermint candy canes, peppermint patties, and most importantly, peppermint bark.
When I first saw peppermint bark start appearing in stores, I got so excited! (why don’t they sell this stuff all year round?) But then I checked the ingredients list, as has become my habit, and I was dismayed. My old favorite brand had partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – a huge no-no when it comes to clean eating.
So my next step was, of course, to see if clean recipes existed for peppermint bark. I ended up finding one for dark chocolate and adapting it with peppermint essential oil. With the essential oil, the recipe has a total of 4 ingredients! Crazy simple right? And it can be ready in 25 minutes. Most of that is freezer time, which for me means browse pinterest aimlessly for 20 mins :).
Right now, if you’ve read my other posts, you might be wondering about the safety of adding essential oils to your foods. My opinion on the matter is this: Since anything you put on your skin is ultimately absorbed into your body, and most essential oils are safe for application to the skin (when properly diluted), then most essential oils are safe to ingest in the right amounts. Now obviously you know that you shouldn’t drink the whole bottle, but as long as you are consuming small amounts of oil diluted into comparatively much larger amounts of food, you should be just fine.
Let’s get started, shall we? You can either watch the video below, or continue reading. (Or scroll to the bottom for the shortened version if you just can’t wait to start making it!)
I present to you the Clean Eating Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe! (goodness that’s a mouthful isn’t it? A mouthful of goodness! haha)
First, start with 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder in a small mixing bowl.
Then add 1/4 cup organic coconut oil at room temperature. It should be mostly solid, but not so hard that you can’t squish it.
Add about 2Tbsp of raw honey to sweeten the mixture and mix together well. This will take a little elbow grease and patience, but it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes. Taste the mixture at this point and add more honey if you would like it to be sweeter.
Now add 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil. Make sure the oil you’re using is food grade oil (my trusted providers are Rocky Mountain Oils and Young Living). Once you’re done mixing it should look dark and creamy like this.
Next spread the mixture onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Spread it pretty thin, because you’ll want to be able to cut or break it after its frozen. I think I spread mine to about 1/16 inch thick.
Freeze for 20 mins.
Pull your dark chocolate peppermint bark out of the freezer and immediately cut or break into pieces and either serve or store in the refrigerator.
Clean Eating Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/4 cup room temperature organic coconut oil
2Tbsp raw honey
4-5 drops food grade peppermint essential oil.
Combine first three ingredients in a mixing bowl, and once well mixed, add the peppermint oil. Mix a little more, then spread the mixture out on aluminum foil to about 1/16 inch thick. Freeze for 20mins, then cut or break apart and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out in the comments below! I’ve found that I get a focus boost every time I eat some, so that plus the lack of added sugar means this might be a great sweet snack for kids that won’t have them bouncing off the walls!