Life is about finding balance: healthy eating and sweet indulgences, work and play, dark and light, fire and water, yin and yang, and socializing and solitude. Therefore, last week’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes must be countered with today’s chocolate recipe.
Me: Did you know that chocolate is actually healthy?
People: Really? That’s awesome! (Proceeds to eat an entire milk chocolate bar.)
Me: Eh, I meant dark chocolate.
People: Oh… forget it then. (Eats another candy bar.)
Me: (Backs away slowly.)
Of course, this scenario never actually happened because I never back away; I walk forward like most humans do. But the fact is that high-quality dark chocolate is beneficial. It is rich in antioxidants, improves cognitive function, and protects the body from free radicals — also known as toxins that cause disease in the body. No candy bar can do any of that!
Still, let’s learn about a very important term called: moderation.
Wow, that sentence sounded very condescending; I am so sorry. But seriously though, moderation is key. I’m not saying this to deprive you of one of the most divine foods on the planet, I’m saying this because I care about you random person reading this, whoever you are. I want you to be healthy, live your dreams, become a better person, create world peace, explore the Milky Way, and take me with your because I’ve always wanted to travel to outer space.
Back to the point. Moderation. Do that. And enjoy this recipe.
Chocolate consumption releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone, but it also reminds us of the pleasant memories that we associate with chocolate, like birthdays,
hormones, breakups, failures, rejection, bad choices, and bar mitzvahs. Wait, bar mitzvahs are technically also birthdays… It’s no wonder chocolate is a classic comfort food. But moderation, people. Moderation.
In this recipe, I use a combination of pumpkin seeds, cranberries, peanuts, and shredded coconut for color and taste. You can experiment with any dried fruit or nuts based on your own preference. Regardless of the filling, the dark chocolate is nonnegotiable. Sorry. I’m apologizing a lot in this video, probably because I’m Canadian. Sorry for apologizing.
The basic recipe for dark chocolate is a combination of sugar and cocoa beans. For the antioxidants and other perks, you want more cocoa content than the sugar. Many experts agree that 72% is the lowest percentage of cocoa that contains the health benefits of chocolate. Do not use milk chocolate in this recipe or else you will be banned from space travel. You have been warned.
Easy Chocolate Drops
- 2 cups 72% chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup coconut shavings
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
- Stir the pumpkin seeds, nuts, cranberries, and coconuts into the chocolate until they are all well-coated.
- Drop the chocolate mixture by the spoonful onto a lined baking sheet.
- Either freeze the tray for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate for about 1-2 hours until the chocolates harden.
- Store the chocolates in a sealed container in the freezer.