Most of the commercial chocolate bars we buy and eat are full of sugar. But eating dark chocolate, made from cocoa seed, really has lots of health benefits. Said to be among the best sources of antioxidant, a 100 g bar of the dark variety comprises a good amount of fiber, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and many other nutrients. It’s also thought to help improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure. But like any other sweet treat, don’t forget to eat it in moderation!
2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter-flavored spread
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Non-stick cooking spray
In a saucepan over low heat, mix together brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, vanilla and spread extract. Stir until ingredients are mixed well. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon and salt then pour lemon butter mixture into the bowl. Add dark chocolate, almonds and cranberries. Cook in a pre-heated oven (175 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 18 minutes, or until browned.
3 cups semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
1 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure mint extract
1 pinch salt
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together dark chocolate, condensed milk, butter, mint extract and salt. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Melt in the microwave over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until chips are melted. Remove from heat and mix in peppermint candies. Pour mixture in an 8×8 silicone baking dish, cover and simmer for 1 hour or until set.
Easy Dark Chocolate Mousse
What you need:
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, chilled
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
4 tablespoons water
1 tbsp butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
1 tiny pinch salt
In a tiny heat-proof bowl, mix together dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons water, butter, chipotle pepper and salt. Fill a saucepan with water and simmer over low heat. Place bowl over pan of simmering water until butter melts, stir until mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool. In a separate heat-proof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 2 tablespoons water and sugar. Place over the pan of simmering water and stir until mixture is hot, about 3 minutes. Pour egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature. Gently fold in whipping cream to the mix. Divide mixture into ramekins. Cover and simmer for at least 4 hours before serving.
Try these drool-worthy dark chocolate recipes and you’ll love sweet treats even more!