We all know I enjoy cooking healthy meals and baking delicious treats.  However, when it comes to arts & crafts, I am not your gal.  It does not fill my heart with great joy to remodel, refurbish, remake things.  When I am not working the last thing I want to do is go home and work on taking a dresser from “junky to funky” or peruse Pinterest for projects to do at home when I’d much rather pay someone, who is much more talented, to do it for me.  However, once a year, when it comes to preparing Christmas gifts for clients and friends, my “Do-It-Yourself” spirit comes around.  
 

The following project is not “As Seen on Pinterest”; cause ain’t nobody got time for dat! We’ve all seen those homemade cookie kits in mason jars – well, this is my take on them.  Behold….

 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Kits – in Kerr Jars.
Guilt free, delicious, protein-packed ingredients. Easy to assemble and perfect gifts for my personal training clients and friends.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To make these creations, all you need is a few glass  jars, decorative ribbon, colorful tissue paper, and a pen and paper to attach the ingredient list.  For the actual smoothie/shake ingredients, the sky’s the limit.  I tried to keep mine macronutrient-friendly and easy to assemble by just adding water or blending with any 8-12 ounces of liquid and ice. I chose AdvoCare Muscle Gain because it’s the only protein powder I had on hand (in bulk) and honestly, the vegan protein powder I’ve been buying lately tastes like someone took a dump in the box and sealed it back up…..for real….
 
Aside from that, I added 2 Tbsp. PB2 (powdered peanut butter) + 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder + sprAnkles of cinnamon.  Seal it; cover with tissue paper, wrap with ribbon, tie a bow, attach the ingredient list; DONE!  Get creative as you want with the ingredients, just makes sure they are non-perishable and of course, tasty.  I’d imagine adding raw cacao nibs would be great as well.
 
So, to recap – here’s what you need:
~ Glass jar
~ Tissue Paper
~ Decorative Ribbon
~ Pen, Paper, Scissors
 
Ingredients:
~1 Serving of protein powder
~Any dry ingredients you desire
~Additional spices you prefer
 
For those with more indulgent taste buds; you can fill the same glass jars with…..
 
Chocolate Cherry-Almond Pistachio Bark and White Chocolate Walnut & Cranberry Bark
 
 
 
The Chocolate Cherry Almond Pistachio Bark is a take on Elana’s Pantry Christmas Chocolate Bark.  I used the Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chunks to keep it soy free, dairy free, and gluten free.  I subbed almonds for the cashews because I’m allergic to them and after all; I have to be able to taste the finished product. Below is the preparation for both barks.  
 
Chocolate Bark:
2.5 cups chocolate chunks
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup dried cherries
sea salt to sprAnkle on top (if desired)
 
Melt chocolate in a medium saucepan on very low heat; and continuously stir 
Once chocolate is runny and smooth; pour onto parchment paper lined 9 x 13 baking dish
SprAnkle chopped almonds, pistachios, and dried cherries on top
Spread the chocolate and toppings evenly throughout pan; so it’s not too thick and not too thin
SprAnkle sea salt over the bark
Cover and store in refrigerator for about 2-3 hours to set.
Once hardened; break with hands or cut with a knife into bite sized pieces.
 
White Chocolate Walnut & Cranberry Bark
1.5 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
SprAnkles of cinnamon 
 
Same preparation as above, but I used an 8×9 pan instead for this recipe.
Melt white chocolate in a small saucepan on very low heat; and continuously stir 
Once chocolate is runny and smooth; pour onto parchment paper lined 8 x 9 baking dish
SprAnkle chopped walnuts and dried cranberries on top
Spread the chocolate and toppings evenly throughout pan; so it’s not too thick and not too thin
SprAnkle cinnamon over the bark
Cover and store in refrigerator for about 2-3 hours to set.
Once hardened; break with hands or cut with a knife into bite sized pieces.
 
 
And there you have it, my friends. These crafts take less time to prepare than it probably took to read this entire post.  Have fun; get crafty and then post your pics on Pinterest if that’s your sort of thing.


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