Good for the heart, better for the soul. From cardiovascular perks to mood boosting properties, the benefits of dark chocolate are well backed by science – through we don’t exactly need excuses to eat (or drink) more of it.
These pretty little chocolate drops are quick and easy to make, and can be topped with anything from dried berries to nuts, bee pollen to goji berries (see more variations here!) This simple idea comes from Haute Chefs LA, our tried-and-true resource for day-to-day recipe ideas as wholesome as they are handsome. Learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate here and here, and whip up these babies as an edible DIY this weekend!
Superfood Dark Chocolate Drops
73.5% dark chocolate (we used these premium Venezuelan chocolate discos from El Rey)
assorted dried fruits, chopped nuts and seeds
Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
Add the chocolate and stir occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove the bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).
Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. You can nudge it with your spoon if you like.
Work with one at a time, and sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of your healthy add-ins while the chocolate is still hot. Make them whatever size you like, but mine were about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the freezer to speed things up.