Vegan peppermint bark.

Vegan Peppermint Bark.
Vegan Peppermint Bark.

Hi everybody!  I’ve missed blogging so much and cooking up goodies in the kitchen. I found out on black Friday that my finger required another, yes #4, surgery. After the shock of what my doc had just said, I thought long and hard about it. Got a second opinion. Decided to move forward and get it done before the end of the year.  Just to be done with this journey.

The surgery was 2 weeks ago tomorrow.  I had my post op appt. today and everything looked great.  The screw will remain.  They also harvested marrow from my wrist to help promote healing of the joint.  Time will tell but it already  feels so much better.  My wrist will take some time.  But I’m able to run and start lifting tomorrow!!!  Oh that is the greatest gift right now after being on bed rest for 2 weeks.

Post surgery when I got home.

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Post op appt. today.  No swelling and looking good.
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My new REMOVABLE cast.  So happy to shower with two hands starting tomorrow.  Funny the things you take for granted.

 

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Today I whipped up some easy and fast peppermint bark.  You can top it with whatever you like. I’ll note recipe adjustments below.  I hope and pray that you are having a wonderful holiday season.
Ingredients:

3 or 4 3 oz. bars- roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of oil (coconut or vegetable)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (you can sub out vanilla if not going the peppermint route)
1 cup of chopped crushed peppermint (mints or candy canes work)

Directions:

Roughly chop the chocolate.  Place a pot of about 1 cup of water and place a bowl over the top –once the water is boiling.  Turn the heat to low.  Add the chocolate and start stirring. The chocolate will melt slowly.  Once melted, add your oil and then extract.  Turn the heat off and keep stirring once melted.

Place a Silpat baking liner on a cookie sheet and pour the chocolate out in the center of the baking sheet.  Using a spoon – spread the chocolate out to about 1/8 inch thick.  Then top with your crushed peppermint pieces.

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*If you wish to top your bark with something other than peppermint – omit the extract.  Use vanilla instead.  Then add optional toppings:

Chopped nuts
Dried fruits
Chia seeds
Candy
Pretzels
Chips
Crackers

Once the topping is added, place in a cold spot to firm up. I placed outside for about 15 minutes.  You can freeze or place in the fridge.  Once firmed, break apart and enjoy!

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With heartfelt thanks for all of your prayers!

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— Knead to Cook

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