Holiday Chocolate Drops

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chocolate-drops-with-sea-salt-addedPrep time: 15 minutes

A decadent bite of toasted coconut and crushed almonds all wrapped up in nutrient-dense dark chocolate and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and a sprinkle of sea salt. These are the answer to needing a fun and sophisticated delicious treat for a holiday party, as a gift or to eat yourself!

I think they have that festive glow!

1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped

1 cup unsweetened shaved coconut, unsweetened

2 cups dark chocolate chips (60 to 70% cacao or greater)

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

sea salt

Preheat oven to 400. Place chopped almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown. Add flaked coconut during the last 2 minutes (simply sprinkle it on top of the almonds), and take it out as soon as it turns light brown.

Place dark chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stirring again. If chocolate is not fully smooth, continue to microwave in 10 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted. Be careful not to let it overheat! (Or, simple place dark chocolate into a glass bowl, and place over boiling water. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth).

Stir in toasted almonds and coconut. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds and a pinch of sea salt on to each.

Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes (or let set 2 to 4 hours). Enjoy!

Notes:

– Always melt chocolate in intervals and stir in-between so that chocolate does not get overly heated or burn. Overly heating chocolate will change it’s texture a bit and not in a not-good way.

– To get uniform chocolate drops, or for a different presentation, scoop chocolate mixture into a mini-muffin tin filled with liners. This is a great idea if you’re giving them as gifts!

– Refrigerate chocolate drops to speed up the cooling process.

Serving size: 1 drop

Nutrition information per serving: 44.6 calories; 3.6 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat, 0.4 g polyunsaturated fat); 1.1 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 8.2 mg sodium; 25 mg potassium; 3 g total carbohydrates; 0.8 g dietary fiber; 1 g sugars; 1 g protein

Note: Annessa created these recipes for Albertsons Safeway.

 

 

 

 

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