Healthier Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe

Make my Healthier Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe with Medjool dates, almond butter, almonds, dark & white chocolate, coconut oil, and candy canes. It’s a fun and easy treat that tastes like a candy bar but is naturally sweetened with nutrient-dense ingredients and your favorite chocolate chips that meet your dietary needs.

If peppermint chocolate bark is one of your favorite holiday treats, you will love my Healthier Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe!

My easy chocolate date bark recipe is made with a layer of sweet Medjool dates and then topped with healthy ingredients, including almond butter and crushed almonds. Then, you spread a melted layer of your favorite type of chocolate chips, followed by crushed candy canes. The finishing touch on this sweet treat is a beautiful spiral of white chocolate for aesthetic and flavor. 

And the best part is my peppermint bark recipe includes nutrient-dense ingredients naturally sweetened without refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Everyone will devour this chocolate peppermint bark and satisfy their sweet craving even if they don’t have dietary restrictions. And you will feel good knowing they are enjoying a sweet treat with many health benefits.

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Why You’ll Love This Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting healthier viral peppermint chocolate date bark recipe:

Medjool Dates: Instead of chewy dates, you can use dried figs or prunes. Remember to adjust the quantity as needed, and consider briefly soaking them in warm water to soften them.

Almond Butter: If you don’t have almond butter, substitute it with creamy peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for a different flavor profile. Make sure the chosen nut or seed butter is all-natural without added sugar or oil. The almond butter adds a caramel-like flavor.

Almonds: Chopped walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts can be used as a replacement for almonds, offering a different nutty flavor and texture.

Chocolate Chips or Melting Wafers: Opt for semi-sweet or rich dark chocolate chips, unsweetened carob chips, or cacao nibs to make your date bark healthier. Look for options with a higher cocoa content and no added sugar. You can also use dairy-free chocolate chips to make this viral date bark vegan.

Coconut Oil (for chocolate): Substitute the coconut oil in the chocolate coating with melted unsalted butter or ghee. Butter can add a rich and creamy texture to your chocolate.

Candy Canes: Instead of candy canes, consider using crushed peppermint hard candies or peppermint extract. Add the crushed candies to infuse that peppermint flavor or a few drops of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate.

White Chocolate Chips or Melting Wafers: You can switch out white chocolate chips with yogurt chips, or vanilla-flavored candy melts. You can also use dairy-free chips to make it vegan.

How to Make My Candy Cane Chocolate Date Bark Recipe

Step 1: Prepare the Dates

Fold a piece of parchment paper in half and then lay open. 

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Cut 12 pitted Medjool dates in half along their long edge. Do not cut all the way through the pitted dates so they are still attached on the long edge when you open them up. Lay the sliced dates side-by-side in four rows of three on the right half of the parchment paper. Lightly spray the left half of the parchment paper with non-stick spray. Fold the parchment back in half covering up the dates. Using a rolling pin, roll on top of the parchment paper to flatten the dates. 

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Add the Almonds

Spread the almond butter over the layer of dates. Finely chop the almonds with a sharp knife on a cutting board and then sprinkle over the almond butter layer.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. 

Pour the melted chocolate over the date bark and spread with a spatula to fill in all the spaces.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Add the Peppermint Candy

Place 2 candy canes or 12 peppermint candies in a small plastic bag. Crush the pieces using a rolling pin or other heavy object. Sprinkle the crushed pieces over the melted chocolate.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5: Add the White Chocolate

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in 18-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. You’ll want to melt the white chocolate in shorter intervals since you are melting a smaller amount. White chocolate becomes thick and dry if it becomes overheated.

You can drizzle the melted white chocolate over the bark. Or you can pour it into a piping bag or small snack bag with the corner clipped off to allow more control over your design.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 6: Set and Enjoy!

Add a sprinkle of flaky salt over the top of the bark. Then, lift it with the parchment paper onto a small baking sheet and place in the fridge or freezer until set. Then slice or break into pieces and enjoy!

Peppermint Chocolate Bark Recipe Notes

Date Texture: If your medjool dates are very dry, it’s a good idea to soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes. This will help soften them, making it easier to remove the pits and create a smoother date and almond butter mixture.

Melting Chocolate: When melting chocolate, be cautious not to overheat it. Use short intervals in the microwave or low heat on the stovetop while stirring frequently to avoid burning or seizing the chocolate.

Peppermint Flavor: If you prefer not to use candy canes, you can add peppermint extract directly to the melted chocolate for a delightful peppermint flavor. Start with a few drops and adjust to your taste.

Chocolate Layers: You can add the white chocolate as a solid layer by spreading it with a spatula. Or use a small plastic snack bag or piping bag to create decorative swirls or lines with the white chocolate over the dark chocolate.

Setting Time: Allow it set in the fridge for about 30 or freezer for 10 minutes until the chocolate is hardened. The date bark is best enjoyed cold.

Cold Climate: If you live in a cold climate, then have your peppermint candies crushed before you melt your chocolate so you can sprinkle them over the melted chocolate before it cools and hardens.

Refrigeration: Store the date bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for a shorter period, typically up to 1-2 weeks.

Freezing: For longer-term storage, place the date bark in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then store it in the freezer. It can be stored in the freezer for several weeks to several months, depending on how well it’s sealed.

Layer Separation: If you plan to stack multiple layers of date bark, separate them with parchment paper or wax paper to prevent sticking or flavor transfer between layers.

Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen date bark, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Thawing in the refrigerator helps maintain the texture and flavor.

Refrigerator vs. Freezer: If you have limited space, it’s best to store your date bark in the freezer for longer shelf life. However, if you prefer it softer and slightly chewy, you can store it in the refrigerator for a shorter time.

Air-Tight Sealing: Ensure that your container or wrapping is airtight to prevent moisture from getting in, which can cause the date bark to become sticky or lose its texture.

Can I use other types of dates for this recipe?

Yes, you can use other varieties of dates, but medjool dates are preferred for their natural sweetness and soft texture. If you use different types of dates, you may need to adjust the quantity and texture by soaking them.

What can I use as a substitute for almond butter?

You can substitute almond butter with peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for different flavors. Ensure that the chosen nut or seed butter is all-natural without added sugar or oils.

Can I use a different type of nut or seed in place of almonds?

Absolutely, you can replace almonds with chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or any other nuts or seeds you prefer for a unique flavor and texture.

What’s a healthier alternative to chocolate chips?

A healthier alternative to regular chocolate chips includes dark chocolate chips, unsweetened carob chips, or cacao nibs. Look for options with a higher cocoa content and no added sugar.

How do I melt the chocolate without burning it?

When melting chocolate, use short intervals in the microwave or low heat on the stovetop while stirring frequently to prevent overheating and burning.

Can I use something else instead of candy canes for peppermint flavor?

Yes, you can use crushed peppermint hard candies or peppermint extract. Crushed candies infuse the peppermint flavor, or you can add a few drops of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate.

Can I skip the white chocolate drizzle or use an alternative?

You can skip the white chocolate drizzle, or replace it with yogurt chips, vanilla-flavored candy melts, or use the dark chocolate substitute mentioned in the recipe. If using the dark chocolate substitute, consider adding a drop of vanilla extract for added flavor.

Can I make date bark ahead of time?

Yes, you can make your bark ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer. It is a great gift or the perfect healthy treat for your holiday parties!

Healthier Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make my Healthier Viral Peppermint Chocolate Date Bark Recipe with Medjool dates, almond butter, almonds, dark & white chocolate, coconut oil, and candy canes. It's a fun and easy treat that tastes like a candy bar but is naturally sweetened with nutrient-dense ingredients and your favorite chocolate chips that meet your dietary needs.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or melting wafers)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 candy canes
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (or melting wafers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Fold a piece of parchment paper in half and then lay open. 
  • Cut 12 pitted Medjool dates in half along their long edge. Do not cut all the way through the pitted dates so they are still attached on the long edge when you open them up. Lay the sliced dates side-by-side in four rows of three on the right half of the parchment paper. Lightly spray the left half of the parchment paper with non-stick spray. Fold the parchment back in half covering up the dates. Using a rolling pin, roll on top of the parchment paper to flatten the dates. 
  • Spread the almond butter over the layer of dates. Finely chop the almonds with a sharp knife on a cutting board and then sprinkle over the almond butter layer.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. 
    Pour the melted chocolate over the date bark and spread with a spatula to fill in all the spaces.
  • Place 2 candy canes or 12 peppermint candies in a small plastic bag. Crush the pieces using a rolling pin or other heavy object. Sprinkle the crushed pieces over the melted chocolate.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in 18-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. You'll want to melt the white chocolate in shorter intervals since you are melting a smaller amount. White chocolate becomes thick and dry if it becomes overheated.
    You can drizzle the melted white chocolate over the bark. Or you can pour it into a piping bag or small snack bag with the corner clipped off to allow more control over your design.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in 18-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. You'll want to melt the white chocolate in shorter intervals since you are melting a smaller amount. White chocolate becomes thick and dry if it becomes overheated.
    You can drizzle the melted white chocolate over the bark. Or you can pour it into a piping bag or small snack bag with the corner clipped off to allow more control over your design.
  • Add a sprinkle of flaky salt over the top of the bark. Then, lift it with the parchment paper onto a small baking sheet and place in the fridge or freezer until set. Then slice or break into pieces and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 4gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
Keyword candy cane, chocolate, Christmast, date bark, peppermint
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