This dark chocolate peppermint bark is the perfect last-minute holiday treat to whip up. You’ll only need four ingredients and 30 minutes to make this delightfully vegan and gluten-free dessert!
Peppermint bark is a classic holiday treat that can’t be skipped. But most people just purchase it in a tin without much thought to the ingredients it contains. This homemade version is much healthier and tastier than the store-bought stuff, so skip the tin!
The key to making vegan peppermint bark is coconut oil. Coconut oil helps the chocolate set and harden into a crunchy slab. It’s also full of health benefits such as its anti-inflammatory properties, healthy fats, and weight loss support.
Of course, peppermint bark is not complete without a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. I used TruJoy organic candy canes which are free of corn syrup, artificial colors, and flavors. Instead, they are made with organic cane syrup,brown rice syrup, peppermint, and fruit juice for color. They are much cleaner than conventional candy canes but taste just as great!
There are a couple of ways to go about crushing candy canes. The first option is to place them in a sealed bag and then roll over them with a rolling pin. The second option is to break them by hand and then chop them with a knife. You can then whack them with the side of a wide knife to get a more jagged look. I opted for the second option since I think it’s less messy and easier.
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