Tis’ the season to be jolly while eating, eating, and eating. Who else feels like they gain like five pounds during the holidays? I eat so much! Especially with all the sweets that you find everywhere. It’s inevitable to turn them down and not indulge in the yumminess. At least now that I stay home I don’t eat as much as I did when I was working.
At my last job in my former team we all loved food. Especially during the holidays. We found any excuse to bring food in. I felt like there was a potluck every week during December. And not to mention the bakers who bring in Christmas cookies, brownies, and any other sweets. When I worked at a branch face to face with customers it wasn’t any different. Besides the potlucks and coworkers bringing in goodies we also had business partners and our sweet and loyal customers who would bring us endless Christmas treats.
It was at this job where I feel like I truly discovered the delicious and popular Holiday treat that bark is. I had always heard of it but I don’t ever really remember eating it growing up. I’m not really sure why it took me so long to try bark but once I did I became addicted to it (lol).
What I really like about this treat, aside from how yummy it is, is how versatile it is. It can be made pretty much out of anything that can get harden in the fridge. You can also make it for any kind of Holiday and it gives you the chance to get creative by using all kinds of different colors. My favorite bark treats are the ones you find during Christmas and Easter. They are just so pretty. Flavor wise however my go to are Christmas ones. I love chocolate and peppermint bark.
As you may know by now I am a healthy eater. I like to eat clean and add as much nutritious foods to my meals and snacks as possible. Even my treats. I do the same for my daughter. Now don’t get me wrong, I do allow myself and her to indulge in good food every now and then. Even if it’s not too healthy. As long as everything is in moderation I believe we can enjoy a nice treat every so often. Especially during the holiday season.
To keep things in balance and not indulge too much in not too healthy sweets, I like to come up with clean and healthy versions of my favorite treats and desserts. I had been wanting to try a clean version of my favorite Holiday bark for quite some time now. I figured this holiday season would be perfect since I now I have a blog and can share it with all of you guys!
Making the chocolate for my bark was the easy part. I knew I could just melt some of my favorite dark semi-sweet chocolate chips from enjoy life. I just needed to add a little sweetener and some peppermint extract and would have the chocolate peppermint part done. Then I just wanted the holiday colors incorporated in there to make it look more festive.
Lately, I have been going through this pomegranate phase. I been eating pomegranate seeds almost everyday since they have been in season. I thought the seeds would be perfect for my bark. They would give it the hint of red I needed to make my bark completely festive. Plus, they pair up incredibly with dark chocolate.
This is an unbelievably easy bark to make. The prep literally takes five minutes and then it’s just a waiting game while the chocolate hardens in the fridge. I suggest leaving it in there for at least two hours but I do prefer to leave it over night. It breaks perfectly and looks very pretty. Once you take a bite out of it, it’s s like you can taste Christmas. The juiciness from the pomegranate seeds blends in with the peppermint chocolate making it the perfect holiday treat.
The best part is that it is a lot cleaner than traditional bark or any other holiday sweets. Make it for your holiday parties, potlucks or they also make wonderful Christmas gifts. Pack them in clear baggies and tie them with red or any other holiday colored ribbon. You can even wrap a personalized card on them. It doesn’t get much cuter and festive than that. Give them a try and I guarantee you they will be a hit with all your family and friends.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pomegranate Bark
- 2 cups semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup pomegrate seeds
In a small sauce pan melt chocolate chips with coconut oil.
Mix in maple syrup and peppermint extract.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Evenly spread melted chocolate over sheet.
Spread pomegranate seeds over chocolate and press down.
Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
Once the bark has hardened break into pieces.
Bag into clear baggies and tie them with red ribbons. Perfect for Christmas gifts!