Chocolate Temptations | A Healthy Valentine's Day Treat
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
 
A chocolate treat that won't leave you feeling guilty.
Ingredients
Tools
  • Food processor (or a blender)
  • Spatula
  • 2 forks
  • Cooking pot
  • 1 glass or metal bowl
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet or a flat dish
  • Parchment or wax paper
Ingredients
  • 1 3.5+ oz. bar of 70% (dark) chocolate
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of Medjool (or other kind) dates
  • 1 cup or raisins or unsweetened apricots
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, if using raisins
  • If using tart dried fruit only, add a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup or other sweetener
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate, into a food processor. Blend until dough-like consistency is achieved (image below). Do not over-blend, not to make this into a nut butter. Leave some texture.
  2. If you do not have a food processor, you can use a high-speed blender to pulse nuts to flour-like consistency; then do the same with dried fruits.
  3. Alternatively, to grind fruit you can use a KitchenAid mixer with a grinder attachment (image below). If you follow this option, after grinding the fruit, add it to the nut flour, which you would still have to create with either a food processor or a blender.
  4. Line a baking sheet or a dish with parchment or wax paper.
  5. Option 1: roll dough out as pictured below, then cut into equal 24-25 pieces.
  6. Option 2: pinch dough with your fingers.
  7. Using your hands roll dough chunks into balls; place them onto the lined dish.
  8. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
  9. In a double boiler (use a pot with hot water and a glass or metal dish over it—image on the next page) bring water to boil, place chocolate chunks into the bowl.
  10. Let chocolate melt, stirring occasionally.
  11. Drop each dough ball into chocolate; using a couple of forks dip it in and roll around until the entire ball is covered; lay back onto the lined dish.
  12. Chocolate will harden rapidly if the dough balls are frozen.
  13. Use excess chocolate to drizzle the top of chocolates (use a spoon, fill it with chocolate and quickly move over chocolates in a zigzag motion).
  14. Freeze for 30-60 minutes (or longer) before serving.
  15. Leftover chocolates can be put into a zip-lock back and frozen.
Recipe by Vegalicious at http://www.vega-licious.com/chocolate-temptations-candy-recipe/