We are breaking all traditions with this recipe! Peppermint bark is a chocolate treat generally made up of peppermint candy pieces captured in white chocolate on top of a bed of dark chocolate. We usually find it in stores during the second half of the year as we near holiday season. There have been many twists on this recipe over the years, and quite a few of them include peanut butter. However, this one has just about one thing in common with the original bark, well, maybe two. There is chocolate in this version, and the last step of the recipe is similar since you break it apart to form large pieces of bark.
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between the original and this recipe is that this one sets in the freezer and remains there to deliver a frozen bark that will certainly find a place in your recipe box right along with your other bark recipes. The best twist in this recipe is the fact that you can make it so very quickly. It takes just a few minutes to mix up the ingredients, spread it thin on parchment paper and place it to the freezer. A few minutes later, just break it up and enjoy! Maybe you’ll be pleased to know this version of bark is much lower in calories than the chocolate version, so you can enjoy several pieces at a time. It makes a great snack too, so you don’t have to just limit it to dessert.
Our frozen peanut butter bark features yogurt as its main ingredient. You can keep this recipe extra lean by using no fat or low-fat Greek Style yogurt, or you can have a more satiating snack by making it with whole fat yogurt. The texture will be thicker and smoother with the full fat version as well, but the taste is only slightly different.
Sometimes breaking the rules just makes all the sense, and the results are better than one can imagine! With our version of bark, you’ll get a healthy dose of plant protein from the peanut butter, combined with the protein from yogurt.
If you don’t feel quite daring enough to leave all traditions behind, just adapt this recipe a bit. Instead of the almond butter drizzle, add in the crushed peppermint candy pieces to the mixture as well as the topping. Just make sure the peppermint is nearly crushed due to the time it will spend in the freezer to harden. As with all our recipe creations, we love to hear what you’ll do with it next! Share your creations with us on any social media platform of your choice, or in the comments below.
Frozen Peanut Butter Bark
1 cup of plain yogurt (or vanilla)
2 tablespoons of Once Again Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 squeeze pack of Once Again Almond Butter (or a tablespoon from the jar)
1 tablespoon of chocolate chips
Mix yogurt with peanut butter, then spread it on parchment paper until you achieve about a quarter-inch thickness. Drizzle the almond butter over the mixture and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place it in the freezer for 45 minutes, and then break apart with your hands and place pieces in airtight container. Store in the freezer. This bark melts quickly when left at room temperature. Enjoy!