If you’ve been coming to this site a while, you’ve probably already guessed that chocolate is my thing. When I crave something, it’s almost invariably dark chocolate. With nuts.
So, when I came across this recipe in Australian Women’s Health magazine, I HAD to give it a try! What can I say – it’s a keeper. It makes it a lot easier for me to eat healthily at breakfast and lunch if I know that I’ve got something like this waiting for me after supper. And don’t forget the health benefits of dark chocolate. It’s loaded with flavonoids – potent antioxidants that are good for the heart.
Cranberry Almond Turtles (makes 5)
70g dark chocolate (85 per cent cocoa)
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sliced almonds
Break chocolate into rough chunks and microwave in a glass bowl for 60 to 75 seconds or until melted. Stir in cranberries and nuts, then drop 5 rounded tablespoons onto baking paper. Cool in fridge for 2 to 4 minutes or until firm.
Nutritional breakdown (per turtle) [www.nutritiondata.com]
This food is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Copper and Manganese.
– glycemic load ~5 (very low – that’s good!)
– inflammation factor -18 (mildly inflammatory)
– calories 125
– fat 8 grams
– protein 2 grams
– dietary fiber 2 grams
– Vitamin E 6% DV
– Iron 10% DV
– Magnesium 11% DV
– Phosphorus 7% DV
– Copper 15% DV
– Manganese 20% DV
OK – superfoods these are not. Still, they’re not entirely without nutritional value, and the intense chocolate flavor should be enough to satisfy that chocolate craving WITHOUT blowing your diet. Just make sure you put the other 4 turtles into the freezer, instead of eating them all immediately – they’ll be waiting there the next time you need a chocolate fix!
Are you a chocoholic?
What’s your favorite chocolate fix?