Chocolate. Who can resist it? Everyone has a favorite, and it usually shows up now at Halloween. I remember trading with my friends. The coveted KitKats, Snickers, and Almond Joy were my favorites.
Now, I haven’t eaten them in years. Once I connected the ingredients to what they truly do for me, it turned me away from the standard Halloween candy forever.
But it hasn’t changed the fact that I love chocolate. I’ve changed my approach.
Leading a gorgeous life means enjoying. Luckily, I’m in love with dark chocolate, which has loads of benefits.
The key is starting with a chocolate bar – dark chocolate – with at least 70 percent cocoa. A 100-gram high-quality dark chocolate bar can have 11 grams of fiber, plenty of potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
Trust me, there is a difference. If you haven’t invested in a high-quality chocolate bar, it’s time to experiment with brands. Here are a few of my favorites.
Every year, I get excited for this time of year. I head to the store and buy lots of little pie pumpkins and place them all over my home. They make great decorations for the months of October and November. And then I have fresh ingredients when I want to whip up a fall dinner. Pumpkin Chili is one of my favs.
When we cut open a pumpkin, it’s mandatory we save the seeds. We roast them and salt them just the way we like them.
Because I love eating locally, and pumpkin is in abundance, so we eat it a lot, I end up with a large stock of pumpkin seeds.
Why not turn them into a treat! Especially when it’s super easy.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark
You only need two ingredients for this super easy dessert:
10 oz dark chocolate
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
Start by melting the chocolate. Fold in the pumpkin seeds until combined. Then pour the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Tap the tray on the counter several times to get it to level out. Then pop it into the refrigerator for an hour or so until set. Break it into pieces, and enjoy!
It doesn’t get any simpler than that. What’s better, once you find out how easy this is, you can trade out your ingredients. Always stick with dark chocolate. ? But mix up your mix-ins: coconut, almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans. When you discover how good (and easy) this is, you’re gonna want to try experimenting.
It makes chocolate even better!
And trust me when I say the results won’t last. Your family will eat it up as quickly as you break it into pieces.
It’s what’s on my menu this year.
How about you?