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Healthy holiday bark

By Karen Kerr, registered holistic nutritional consultant

Making holiday-themed bark is an easy recipe that can be customized for everyone in the family. It’s also a great playdate activity. After you make the base, each child can decorate their own bark. After a quick chill in the fridge, they can take home the rest. I also like this for hostess and teacher gifts. 

Chocolate base for bark

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of dark chocolate chips (you can find vegan versions in local health food stores)
5 tbsp of coconut oil
1/2 cup of coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Melt the chips with the oil in a double boiler or in a glass bowl in the microwave. Slowly combine the milk, then pour onto a lined (with parchment) baking pan. Let each child decorate their corner of the pan and then refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes. Later, you can let the kids smash their bark with the back of a spoon. It’s the best part! 

Peanut butter drizzle 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Melt together in saucepan

Possible toppings 

Crushed peppermint sticks
Chopped marshmallows
Peanut butter drizzle 
Nuts

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