Spotted: Chocolate Bark, and 6 other Crafty Recipes

Chocolate Bark and other Crafty Recipes

I’m the crafty type, and so when I cook, I like to have plenty of room to play with my food. Exacting recipes don’t fit the bill here; instead, I like a recipe that gives me ample scope for imagination, with lots of places to make mods without messing my food up.

Such is the range of possibilities with this chocolate bark recipe from Raw Manda. Yes, the recipe is raw and vegan, which are both bonuses (and the basic one that she lays out here includes pomegranates, so yay!), but the most exciting part is how versatile it is.

Don’t like pomegranates? Use crushed candy cane, candied ginger, peanuts, or nothing at all.

Don’t like bark? Pour this over cake or pie.

DO like candy? Turn these into truffles.

Don’t like chocolate? Don’t be silly.

If you keep a lookout for them, you’ll find plenty of crafty recipes, ones that let you play with them and mod them and hack them to your heart’s content. Here are just a few to get you started:

1. dehydrated crackersPlay with different nut and seed combinations, alter the level of saltiness, experiment with dried fruits, and mix up the spices.

mint extract and other crafty recipes2. extracts. I make peppermint the most, but this method also works with vanilla, and any other herb that you’d like to play with!

3. granolaChange out the nuts and the fruit, add chocolate chips, take the level of sweetness up or down, and play with the spices.

4. muffinsStart with one of the recipes in this round-up, and then add diced fruit, nut butters, chocolate chips, or nuts and seeds.

5. overnight oatmealThis is a simple recipe, but it’s great to have oatmeal ready and waiting for you in the refrigerator every morning! Play with the fruit, add jams or fruit sauces, warm and then stir in nut butters, add or subtract sweetener to taste.

6. popoversThis one is fun because you don’t have to add the mix-ins until you’re ready to bake. Each person can build her very own custom popover!

[chocolate bark image via Raw Manda]

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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