I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty much always trying to figure out new ways to enjoy it. And since dark chocolate has a nice list of health benefits and antioxidant properties, it’s not something I feel the least bit guilty enjoying – even on the reset. 100% dark chocolate (aka, no sugar added) is totally acceptable.
Things are going to be busy at work tomorrow, so instead of actually posting and sharing all on the same day, I’m splitting things up to make it easier. I’ll get this posted tonight (Thursday), then share with you all tomorrow (Friday). Sound good? Good!
I’m really looking forward to the weekend – we’re having friends over for dinner Friday night, and then I’m going to visit a friend in Jersey on Saturday. Sunday will probably be the farmers’ market, per usual, and some grocery shopping and chores. And then it’ll be Monday again! Hooray…?
I can’t believe we’re nearly through two full weeks of this reset already; I’m excited with how it’s been going. I may even stick it out an extra week. I’ve gotten some of my energy back, and it’s hard to want to switch to how things were when these last two weeks have felt so dang good. But we’ll see how that goes at the end of week 3. There are murmurings of a pool party sometime soon, and I can only imagine the tasty eats folks are likely to bring along with them…
So, these little candies are the perfect chocolatey finish to a long day; and they’re nice and crunchy and fatty, so you don’t really crave more than one. They’re only slightly sweet (thank you, chopped dates), and if you sprinkle each one with just the tiniest pinch of sea salt right before they go in the fridge or freezer, it brings out that sweetness even more. Remember, they won’t be super- sweet – this is 100% dark chocolate after all; this may not be for those of you who like your chocolate sweet and milky.
But for those of you (like me) who love a rich, dark flavor? Mmm. Perfection.
- 4 (1 ounce) blocks 100% dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dried, pitted dates (about 5 to 6 dates)
- 1/3 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 pinches ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches sea salt (plus a small amount more (optional) to sprinkle over top)
- Using your preferred method for melting chocolate, melt the 4 blocks with 1 tablespoon butter.*
- In a mixing bowl (either separate, or the same as the chocolate), combine the dates, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon.
- If you haven't already, add your melted chocolate to the bowl.
- Stir to evenly combine all ingredients.
- In a mini muffin tin lined with mini paper muffin liners, distribute the mixture evenly, about a scant tablespoon per liner.
- Sprinkle the tiniest pinch of sea salt you can manage over each liner (optional).
- Place in the fridge or freezer for about twenty minutes, to harden.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- *My preferred method of melting chocolate is in our ceramic coated frying pan over the lowest heat setting of our gas stovetop. This may work for you; it may not. Some folks like to microwave their chocolate to melt it; others like to use the double-boiler method. Whatever makes you happy and doesn't burn your chocolate sounds good to me!
About 7.5 hours; to bed at 11pm, up at 6:45am. The Omvana app, combined with the room darkening curtains, has been knocking me out good. Sound sleep, lots of vivid dreams.
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