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Cranberry and Orange Bark

Cranberry and Orange Bark (7)

2015 has been a big year so far. It’s as if we tried to fit as many ‘life milestones’ into a 12 month period as possible, just to test our resolve and sanity.

We decided to move house and found one we really liked; but to afford it we had to sell our house. This meant an exhaustive 3 weeks of painting, tidying, de-cluttering and getting it ready for sale. Thankfully it sold within 48 hours and I could stop vacuuming and mopping daily (because I really am not that sort of clean person).

We then had to move out of our house and into our new house. There was a 2 day gap between the 2 which meant our lives were packed into several trailers and we lived out of suitcases. Since then we have moved in, unpacked, painted and made it our new family home… and just in time too.

Soon (well, anytime between now and in a month) we will go from a family of 4 to a brood of 5. So if you don’t hear from me it’s not because I’ve forgotten to bake (like that would ever happen!) it’s because I will have my sleep deprived hands full! My aim is to keep posting recipes weekly (I have a book load of them ready to share) but this is a one woman operation and sometimes (always!) being pregnant and looking after 2 kids is exhausting so my apologies in advance if I skip a week. Luckily there is over 200 recipes on the blog to keep you baking and full and to thank you for your patience and loyalty I have a special sneak peak at an exclusive Christmas recipe from ‘Mummy Made.It A Healthy Christmas’ eBook which just happens to be on special this month!

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Chocolate Bark is not something I was very familiar with. To me, bark is something that is on a tree and not in my freezer (unless for some reason the kids have decided to put it there) but for this Cranberry and Orange Bark I am happy to make an exception. I have discovered that Bark differs from a block of chocolate in its thickness. This Cranberry and Orange Bark is set quite thinly so it can be easily broken into bite sized pieces and the thinness also allows the flavours to be spread across the whole piece of bark.

My Bark research (which unfortunately required ample testing!) provided so many different flavour combinations, but I went with this Cranberry and Orange Bark as it felt so festive and perfect for ‘Mummy Made.It A Healthy Christmas’. You will find this recipe, and over 50 dessert and treats, in my Christmas eBook which is 50% for the month of July. I figured you’d need the rest of the year to test all the recipes and decide which would make your Christmas day taste best! Just click here to purchase your very own copy and get instant download and access to so many Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Paleo desserts and treats.


Cranberry and Orange Bark

This simple and tasty recipe come from the eBook 'Mummy A Healthy Christmas', avaikable from
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins



  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Cranberries cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest



  • Place the coconut oil in a small saucepan and melt over a very low heat.
  • Add the vanilla, maple syrup and salt and stir until combined.
  • Add the cocoa and stir until well combined.
  • Line a 20cm (8inch) square cake tin (or a baking tray of similar dimensions) and pour the chocolate into the tray, ensuring an even distribution.
  • Sprinkle the cranberries and orange zest evenly over the thin chocolate and freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Break into pieces and serve. Keep the bark in the freezer between serves.

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