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Peppermint Bark with an Oreo Twist

The first time I made Peppermint Bark was when I was in eighth grade.  I was able to participate in an Agribusiness class where we were able to immunize and mate bunnies.  We also milked cows and planted various crops.  At the end of the course, we had a fundraiser selling a recipe book that compiled old family recipes.  This recipe book was the first recipe book I ever purchased, and I do believe it is one of the things that cemented my love of cooking. The peppermint bark recipe in a book called for green spearmint candy and red peppermint candy.  The author referenced an old country store where they were sold.  I was never able to find the red and green candy so I substituted with candy canes.  This recipe has continued to evolve over the years and I am always trying something new.  This year I decided to try adding chocolate cookies to the mix.  I really enjoyed the results.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ingredients: 

24 oz semi sweet chocolate 

18 oz white chocolate

2 teaspoons peppermint extract 

10 oz peppermint candy processed in the processor or smashed. 

20 Oreos (optional twist 😉) smashed or processed in the processor. 

Directions 

1. Line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat. 

2. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller or process in a processor if you prefer more of a peppermint powder. 

3. Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler or microwave at 30 second intervals until it’s slightly melted (frosting consistency) 

4. Add peppermint flavoring if you want it really pepperminty. 

5. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the white chocolate. 

7. Sprinkle the peppermint candy on top of white chocolate. 


7. Sprinkle the peppermint candy and Oreo on top of white chocolate. 

8. Place cookie sheet in fridge for 20-30 minutes or until firm. 

9. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

You can store the bark in a sealed container for as long as it last which is never more than a few day in our house. 
 

5 Things To Know about Clean Eating

Clean eating is a buzz word that gets thrown around and often times makes cleaning up your daily eating habits a bit overwhelming. Here are 5 things to keep in mind while improving your eating habits. 

  1. Buy one-ingredient foods – the best foods to fuel your body are the simplest one. Fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, legumes, eggs, fish and meat. 
  2. Sugar is NOT your friend – pay attention to the ingredient list for hidden suffers in both sweet and savory products. Aim for less than 25 G of added sugars daily. 
  3. Don’t get hung up on advertising and marketing – Focus on the Nutrition Facts and ingredient list. 
  4. Home cooked is best – The best way to know what you are eating is to prepare it yourself. Start small by visiting your favorite food blog like WholeLivingLarge.com 😉 and enjoy the adventure. 
  5. Perfection does not exist – Its ok to enjoy a not so clean treat or meal. Balance is key to long-term success. 

No-Bake Mini Brownie Bites [Sugar Free, Gluten Free]

 Ingredients

2 cups almonds (soaked in water overnight)

13 Medjool Dates

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 Directions

Place soaked almonds into processor and blend for 5 minutes.

Add dates and blend till smooth.

Add chocolate chips and blend till incorporated.

Place dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Once dough is chilled scoop out a teaspoon of mixture and roll into balls.

You can leave them as is or roll in your favorite addition.

Options: chopped nuts, coconut, chopped chocolate, chia seeds.

 

No-Bake Mini Brownie Bites [Sugar Free, Gluten Free]
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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
 
A quick and easy way to get a healthy chocolate fix.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds (soaked in water overnight)
  • 13 Medjool Dates
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place soaked almonds into processor and blend for 5 minutes.
  2. Add dates and blend untill smooth.
  3. Add chocolate chips and blend till incorporated.
  4. Place dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Once the dough is chilled scoop out a teaspoon of mixture and roll into balls.
  6. You can leave them as is or roll in your favorite addition.
  7. Options: chopped nuts, coconut, chopped chocolate, chia seeds.

Whole Wheat Crepes Cake


Today I had a craving for strawberry shortcake. Somehow that ended with me making a crepe cake.

I have absolutely no complaints to the tangents my mind makes because this turned out to be a deliciously healthy and simple treat to make.

 Ingredients

1 Whole a wheat crepes recipes (link here)

1/2 cup Powdered sugar

1 pint Strawberries or topping of your choice

Whipped cream (here is a link to the recipe we love)
Directions

Prepare crepes according to the directions.

As you remove the crepe from the stove top. Place crepe on a serving plate and dust generously with powdered sugar.

Repeat this process until all of the crepe batter is made. Dust top of cake with powdered sugar and top with strawberries or desired topping.

Serve cake with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and enjoy.

Be blessed

Chanelle ❤️

 

Whole Wheat Crepes Cake
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Healthy Dessert the is easy and the whole family will enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 1 Whole a wheat crepes recipes (
  • link here
  • )
  • ½ cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 pint Strawberries or topping of your choice
  • Whipped cream (here is a
  • link
  • to the recipe we love)
Instructions
  1. Prepare crepes according to the directions.
  2. As you remove the crepe from the stove top. Place crepe on a serving plate and dust generously with powdered sugar.
  3. Repeat this process until all of the crepe batter is made. Dust top of cake with powdered sugar and top with strawberries or desired topping.
  4. Serve cake with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and enjoy.