Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dark Chocolate Super Bites

Since I was a little girl, I have been a fan of dessert.

There's been some issues though: confusing a pint of Ben & Jerry as one serving, or the ENTIRE row of Oreos as the perfect after dinner treat. My brother reminded me that I used to have cheesecake after breakfast when I was younger.

Needless to say, portion control and dessert-less nights (or sometimes mornings) are not my strong suits. If I am being honest though, I'm pretty okay with being a sugar lover. Can you really trust people who tell you they hate chocolate? What's next, babies laughing, Christmas lights, sunshine?

My sister, Lizzie, and I have been experimenting with cooking at home more, and it has been really great. I have a deeper appreciation for my food, I enjoy preparing my meals and knowing where they come from, and having an understanding of what's in what I am consuming. I also have been an even bigger fan of finding healthy dessert options. I've learned that eating healthy, fresh, satisfying food is how I want to treat and carry my body. These bodies are our one home our entire life- we've got to fill them with the good stuff. And it's definitely not all bad.

Lizzie made these delicious dark chocolate super bites a few weeks ago and they are a great once a week sweet treat.

Besides being absolutely yummy, they have multiple ingredients that are healthy and beneficial. Dark chocolate has been proven to help control blood sugar, has vitamins and minerals, and is good for your heart.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical your brain releases when you feel like you are falling in love (the reason Lindor truffles make an adequate boyfriend).

Besides the chocolate, there's hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have omega 3's and 6's, protein, and fiber.

To keep the deliciousness, the detox bites also have super fruits like dried pineapple, cranberry, blueberry and coconut shavings, with shaved almond pieces as a garnish.

Alright, here's the recipe. The recipe is from the blog, The View from Great Island. 

Dark Chocolate Super Bites
Yield: makes approximately 2 dozen bites
What You Will Need
  • about 8 oz of dark chocolate, I used Trader Joe's 73% Super Dark chocolate bars (the higher the percentage of cacao the better)
  • assorted dried fruits, chopped nuts, and seeds
  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil.
  2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a microwave safe glass measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, and then stir again to completely melt the chocolate. If there are still lumps, microwave for another short burst and stir again.
  3. Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. You can nudge it with your spoon if you like. Work with one at a time, and sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of your healthy add-ins while the chocolate is still hot. Make them whatever size you like, but mine were about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the refrigerator to speed things up.
If you plan to refrigerate the medallions it helps to put the parchment right on a baking sheet or tray so you can transfer it straight to the fridge. 
 I hope you all enjoy! Take a bite and let the phenylethylamine do it's work. What are your favorite healthy dessert options?

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