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Ginger Dark Chocolate with Almonds

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Flavonoids found in dark chocolate possess protective effects against cardiovascular disease by reducing the risk of blood clot formation, decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol) , increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and more. Feeling adventurous? You can make your own daring and unique dark chocolate by experimenting with various flavors from a variety of herbs and spices.  Heart healthy, antioxidant rich, and with only 5 ingredients, I must say this recipe is a win.

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil 
  • 4 Tbsp. honey 
  • 2 Tbsp. almonds (slivered)
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger powder (may use 1 Tbsp. if a milder flavor is desired)

 Instructions

Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in honey until dissolved, and then add cocoa powder, ginger powder and lastly almonds until well blended. Whisk mixture together until smooth. (If it starts to thicken, you may add some additional coconut oil, until a smooth gloss is formed). Pour mixture into your desired mold. You may sprinkle additional almonds on the top as desired. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Servings: 6, Serving Size:  2 Strawberries 

Ingredients

A dozen strawberries

2/3 cup of shredded coconut

¾ cup of white chocolate chips

1 cup of milk chocolate chips

A dozen toothpicks

A Styrofoam base

 

Directions:

Wash the strawberries and dry them thoroughly. You can set on a cooling rack to make sure they are completely dry before use.

 Place the milk chocolate and white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until it is melted, stirring after every 30 seconds. Overheated chocolate gets thick and hard to work with, you might need to add a little vegetable shortening to thin it out and make it more smooth if this occurs.

 Insert a toothpick into the middle of the strawberry to help with handling.

Strawberries

 

Put a few tablespoons of each chocolate into two Ziploc bags, (or a piping bag) press the chocolate all the way down,  make a little snip at the corner and save it for later use.

Piping Berries

Holding a strawberry by the toothpick, pull the leaves back so that they don’t get chocolate on them, dip it in chocolate, twirling it in a circular motion to evenly cover most of the berry. Twirl as you lift it from the chocolate it so that any excess chocolate drips back into the bowl.

After this, make designs using the piping chocolate of your choice. Prop the strawberries in the Styrofoam base .

Piped Berries

 Also, you can tap the chocolate strawberries in the coconut before piping. However, make sure not to press it all the way in.

 Once all of the berries are dipped, refrigerate them for 30 minutes to set the chocolate.