A very merry Christmas to all chowtimes readers.
Michelle incorporated a chocolate treat in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club for the holiday theme session.
These Chocolate Mendiants are fairly healthy treats to have at Christmas if you choose dark chocolate and have fruit and nuts on top.
Researchers have found links between dark chocolate consumption and reduced risk of heart problems. The protective benefit was only seen when chocolate contained at least 60 to 70% percent cocoa. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/heath/2012/01/dar-chocolate-for-a-healthier-heart)
- Approximately 1 pound of dark or milk chocolate, roughly chopped (we used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- Assorted finely chopped dried fruit, chopped toasted nuts, seeds, sprinkles, etc (we used dried apricot, raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds and candied ginger)