It's no secret that I love chocolate, especially at this time of year. Easter is a great time to get in the kitchen and experiment with recipes and then give healthy chocolate presents away to all your friends and family. Or if you're like me, just eat it yourself.
Good quality dark chocolate (anything generally over 70% cocoa or cacao) has great health properties, including anti-oxidants and magnesium for muscle replenishment, so really there is no excuse not to indulge!
This recipe is created by cooking extraordinaire and chocolate-enthusiast, Tanya Bartolini. Well, Naturally kindly provided me with an enormous amount of Sugar-free 70% Dark Chocolate Melts which are naturally sweetened with Stevia (a plant sweetener - no chemicals!) to make this amazing, delicious, decadent 'healthy' chocolate. You can play around, add nuts and fruits as you please. I added hazelnuts and cacao nibs to mine.
Ingredients - Serves 4
250g Well Naturally Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Melts
50g pistachio nuts (or nuts of your choice)
50g dried cranberries
50g raw cacao nibs (optional)
Fill a small saucepan with water to 1/2 full.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, not a boil.
Take a glass bowl and rest it over the saucepan, ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water. You have now created a
Place 2/3 of the chocolate into the glass bowl and reserve 1/3 for later use. With a wooden spoon, gently stir the chocolate as it melts. Place a cooking thermometer into the chocolate and melt chocolate to 45° C. Remove the bowl from the heat and place on a bench top.
Add the remaining 1/3 mixture and stir constantly with your wooden spoon until the chocolate’s temperature comes down to 32° C and the chocolate has melted. You should have glossy, melted chocolate ready for decorating.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and pour the chocolate mixture onto the paper. Move the tray from side to side to
ensure that the chocolate covers the base of the tray evenly.
Sprinkle the chocolate with the pistachio nuts, cranberries (or hazelnuts and cacao nibs) and then place in the fridge to set. This should take no more than 30 minutes.
These recipes come from my Grandmother who is the love and inspiration of my life and hands down, the best cook in the whole world. Some recipes I've tweaked to make into a healthier version, others I've left for you to enjoy as a treat.