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Instead of passing round the Quality Street or offering yet another rich pud, give your guests a healthier chocolate hit with these easy-make treats

Winter bark




150g 70% cocoa solids chocolate

30g shelled unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped

1tbsp desiccated coconut or 2tbsp grated coconut

Coarsely grated zest 1 orange

2tbsp dried fruit, such as dried cranberries, currants and chopped dried apricots

Winter bark

1 Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of barely simmering water to melt (don’t let the bowl touch the water), stirring occasionally. Or microwave on high, stirring at 20 sec intervals, until smooth.

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In December’s Healthy Food Guide, save calories at the Christmas do with our tips for eating out without the belly bloat. We discover the surprising magic of how to sing yourself slim, and our experts recommend diet tweaks to help ease anxiety. Plus we’ve got healthier festive food including 12 tweaks for the big day, warming slow-cook suppers and our fancy, fuss-free filo meals.