Skinny Chocolate Cocomint Bark

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Did someone say chocolate???  Yep, skinny chocolate cocomint bark to be specific!skinnychocolatecocomintbark

 

It’s no secret I love chocolate… milk, dark, with peanut butter, with mint….pretty much any combination and I’m in my element eating it!  Since following Trim Healthy Mama, if anything, chocolate and I have become even closer.

I apologize in advance that these might not be “pretty” pictures…. but, you know, when inspiration strikes, there’s no waiting until better lighting!  (I say this as if I’m some incredibly creative chef….  No, in actuality, this is just my version/altering of a few other recipes I’ve tried or seen this past week.  But I’m still proud of it.  My inspiration came from THIS recipe.  Her’s sure is prettier, and I’m sure it tastes amazing!  But I didn’t have the avocado, and I just altered things a bit.   Oh, and another reason you probably should *not* consider me a good food blogger?  Check out my chic Ziplock lid used as a tray… Hey, you use what you’ve got, people!

(Plus then you can turn the chocolate over and see the cool Ziplock imprint on the back ;)

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Okay, so let’s get to it:

For the chocolate bottom layer:

In a bowl, mix the following together –

* 1/4 C melted coconut oil

* 1/4 C cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)

* 1/2-1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used About Time)

* 5 packets of stevia or Truvia or whatever you use to sweeten

* a few drops of peppermint extract

Pour this into a shallow container that you can fit flat in your freezer, and let it freeze while you make the coconut layer  (If you’re cool, you’ll use a lid like me ;) )

For the Coconut layer:

In a saucepan:

* 6 T coconut oil

* 1-1/3 C unsweetened dried coconut flakes (mine were finely shredded)

* 1-3 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (I used erythritol/stevia blend)

* pinch of sea salt

* pinch of glucomannon (I thought it would be runnier – I wouldn’t have needed this, but since I used it, I wanted to put it in here)

Heat over low until the oil is melted, then continue to heat until the coconut is just lightly toasted.

Spread this mixture onto the chocolate layer and pop back in the freezer.

Optional:  After it has hardened up, I drizzled NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup on top, then broke apart into bark.  Now is when you can actually use the container your lid came from, hehe.  Keep in the freezer so it doesn’t melt on you since coconut oil will melt quickly.

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I think these are so yummy!  They’re just the right sweetness without any bitterness.  The thin layer of chocolate is good, the mint is there but not overpowering, and I’m not even that much of a flaked coconut fan, but love these!

 

The Promise by Beth Wiseman

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About the book: 

Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

About the Author

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promiseseries and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series–Seek Me With All Your Heart–was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.
Find Beth online: website, Facebook, Twitter

 

My Review:

The adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is running through my mind, but there are a few positives I can think of for The Promise.  Firstly, after a few chapters, it did really draw me in to find out what would happen to Mallory.  The plot and setting were all interesting and not your norm.  I kept hoping that she wouldn’t make a stupid decision, and then was on the edge of my seat hoping she would make it out okay.  The fact that it was based on actual events was amazing in a frightening way.  My real issue, however, with this book was the fact that it was labeled a Christian fiction.  Frankly, I don’t feel it really belongs in that category.  I was confused because Tate and his family are Catholic, Mallory is sort of nothing, her family is Christian (I believe in name only), her boss and his fiance are Muslim, both couples lived together with suggested intimacy, and the main jist I feel the author was trying to get across religiously was that all religions are the same, it really just depends into which belief system you were born, so let’s forget about titles and names and all just love each other and whichever god we pray to, he will protect us.  That may seem harsh, I know, and I did enjoy the book and felt it was an important subject matter, but being called a Christian fiction book, I expected more.  So fair warning if this is not your thing.  Sorry, I cannot give my recommendation for this one.

*As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent this book for review purposes, and these are my honest opinions.

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I know it’s been a bit heavy on the book reviews here lately.  I’m trying to get in a better blog groove, so expect more variety again…some fitness stuff, a beauty post, and some foodie stuff coming up!  :)

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