So, you know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when your neighbour pops across the street and with a cheery Merry Christmas, bestows a bottom-of-the-box card and a re-gifted box of Costco cookies into your hands?
Whaaaaaat gifts? We don’t do gifts……isn’t there enough to think about at Christmas without embarking on the walk of the Magi with gifts for every neighbour. And the truth is an obvious one…she is just trying to get those excess calories out of her house and into yours and minimize the calorific Christmas damage.
Whoa, I must have spent too much time in the Mall. I am turning into a Christamas cynic!
Let me just pull up ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on Netflix.
This Christmas let’s keep it easy, make it simple and keep it healthy shall we?
This gorgeous Chocolate Bark can be made in minutes and is both delicious and rich in dense nutrition. It makes the perfect last minute gift for a neighbour, as a hostess gift or just as a treat to yourself.
Dark chocolate forms the base of this treat and is packed with the serotonin, (our happy hormone) enhancing properties of cacao, which will bring a rosy glow to the spectacles of even the biggest Christmas Grinch.
I used macadamia nuts as their decadent creamy texture suits the richness of the holiday season and they are also packed with the dense nutrition of fantastic healthy fats for your brain. Vitamin C rich Cranberries are also Christmassy and in keeping with the season and I love pistachios at Christmas, as their pink and green colouring is jewel like and exotic. Himalayan sea salt lifts the flavours of the bark and provides minerals and iodine to support your thyroid.
The method for the ‘recipe’ is simplicity itself.
Melt 200g or two bars of chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water).
Spread the melted chocolate over parchment paper placed on a small baking tray.
Decorate with your nuts and cranberries and sprinkle with sea salt.
I let my chocolate bark cool on the counter for a couple of minutes before placing it in the refrigerator to harden, as too rapid a cooling can bring a white ‘bloom’ to chocolate treats.
Once cold break the bark up into sizeable pieces…..
……And package as required into a mason jar or pretty box.
The perfect last minute Christmas gift!
Now what to do with those unwanted Costco cookies?!?
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