Thanksgiving is FINALLY here, y’all! I’m currently en route to Maryville, Tennessee for some much needed R&R with my boyfriend’s fam. They’re very southern, so think homemade cornbread and deep fried everything. Pretty much a perfect combo!
I convinced his family to do a Thanksgiving morning 5K before the feast so we’ll at least get a little exercise in to balance it out. OR, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. HA. You can follow along on snap (UN: Kennedy_Meek) to see all the craziness!
I’m giving myself a little break this week from exercise. I’m listening to my body and it definitely needs a break. So there’s going to be a lot of relaxing and long walks through the cute little town of Maryville. Even when I give myself a break from working out, I like to stay at least a little bit active by walking and stretching.
It keeps the blood flowing and my body from getting too sluggish or tight.
SO, that’s what the next 5 days are going to look like for me: good food and lots of relaxing!
Y’all already know how much a LOVE dark chocolate. It’s full of benefits & it’s a great thing to eat before a workout! I usually keep a few squares of it in my gym bag and/or purse if I’m ever feeling a little fatigued.
It’s a little energy boost!
Anyway, I took it to the next level and make this INSANE dark chocolate bark. It’s definitely a healthi-ER option for when you’re craving something sweet. Plus everyone will LOVE it. I’m actually planning on making a big batch of this bark and giving it to friends and family as a little holiday gift.
SO cute right?! And really easy to make:
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Coconut oil
- Pumpkin seeds
- Crushed cashew nuts
- Crushed almonds
- Dried cranberries
- Sea salt to taste
Place the dark chocolate & the coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals, taking it out and stirring it each time. Once the chocolate is completely melted, add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the chocolate. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and pour the mixture on to it. Use a spatula to spread out the mixture until it’s about 1/2 a centimeter thick. Garnish the top of the mixture with any leftover cranberries & nuts, then place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened. Use your hands or a knife to break up the bark into pieces. Enjoy!
You can totally mix it up with the add-ins too. I know orange peels pair really well with dark chocolate and so does raspberry. If you’re trying to get really fancy, you can add a little crystallized ginger for an added kick.
And like I said before, dark chocolate bark will definitely be the healthiest dessert option you’ll find on the Thanksgiving table! You got the vitamins & minerals from the dark chocolate, loads of healthy fats from the nuts, and some sweetness from the dried cranberries. I mean, what more could you want?!
What’re your favorite treats to serve at Thanksgiving? As always, I need to add to my list!
Happy Thanksgiving, babes!