Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chocolate Treats for YOUR Valentine!

I’m whipping up some easy, delicious, fast and fun ways to enjoy better-for-you chocolate with friends and family on ATL and CO tomorrow, February 13th in the noon hour, (11:15 to 12:15) on NBC 11alive in Atlanta.

I’ve got two recipes to share with Christine – an Amazing Chocolate Ricotta Cream with only 3 Ingredients for the most perfect Chocolate Mousse. And a cookie to “die for”, a Chocolate Almond Banana Bite. It’s a super yummy treat made with less sugar, contains protein from natural almond butter and surprising gluten free.

While we are baking together on the show, I am going to share tips about what kind of chocolate to buy if you are looking for a healthier option:
Contains at least 70% Cocoa
Chocolate, Cocoa or Cacao should be first ingredient
NOT Dutch processed or processed with Alkali, (you lose anti-oxidants when its processed.)

Hope you can join me to see these decadent desserts in action!

Banana Almond Chocolate Bites

1 Medium Banana
1 Cup Natural Almond Butter
1 Large Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Demedera or Raw Sugar
1/4 Tsp Fine Sea Salt
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Dark Chocolate at least 70%

Step One Preheat oven to 350F. Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Add the almond butter, egg, vanilla, baking soda, sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Fold in the chocolate.

Step Two Drop heaping teaspoons of the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, placing the cookies about 1 ½”  apart, they will spread!  Bake them for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown and set. Remove and let cool for a minute before removing from the baking sheet.

Amazing Chocolate Ricotta Creams                      

1 (15 OZ) Container Light Ricotta Cheese
2 TB Confectioners Sugar
4 OZ at least 70% Dark Chocolate, Melted
Berries and mint for topping

Blend the cheese, sugar and melted chocolate together in a food processor until smooth. Spoon the mixture into wine glasses and place in the fridge for an hour to set up, remove and top each glass with a fresh berry and mint.,

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