Healthy dark chocolate detox bites!

Dark Chocolate Super Food Medallions

I’m pretty liberal with my definition of healthy— I think if a food is delicious and whole, that is, unprocessed or minimally processed, it deserves a spot on my table.  I’m not judgmental about eating animal protein as long as the animals are raised humanely.  I’m down with healthy fats and yes, even a little sugar.  But in the interest of keeping a healthy weight, I say no to dessert most of the time.  The problem is that even after a good dinner, I’m sometimes left with a gnawing urge for a little something sweet.  I’m sure it’s purely psychological, but I can’t ignore it…I’ll scrounge around and usually open a bag of chocolate chips in desperation.

dark chocolate super food bites

These little medallions come to my rescue…they’re made with heart healthy extra dark chocolate, and lots of colorful little super foods (dried fruit, nuts, and seeds) sprinkled on top for fun.   I’ve collected together some of my favorites, but any combination will do.  I used dried blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, figs, pineapple, mango, and papaya.  Walnuts, pistachios and almonds, hemp seeds and pepitas.  I collected them for color as well as flavor, and all of them have health giving properties, so these little dark chocolate medallions are not only guilt free, you’d be remiss not to include them in your diet!

super foods

Each one of these bites is about 1/3 of an ounce of dark chocolate, so 3 of them would equal a 1 ounce daily dose of heart healthy flavonoids.   Cool, huh?  A definite step up from raiding the chocolate chips.

healthy chocolate bites
If you’re not into the exotic variety here, just use chopped nuts, or raisins, they’ll be great.

Heart Healthy Dark Chocolate Detox Bites --- embrace dessert!

Dark Chocolate Super Bites

Yield: makes approximately 2 dozen bites

Dark Chocolate Super Bites

Ingredients

  • about 8 oz of dark chocolate, I used Trader Joe's 73% Super Dark chocolate bars (the higher the percentage of cacao the better)
  • assorted dried fruits, chopped nuts, and seeds

Instructions

  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil.
  2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a microwave safe glass measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, and then stir again to completely melt the chocolate. If there are still lumps, microwave for another short burst and stir again.
  3. Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. You can nudge it with your spoon if you like. Work with one at a time, and sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of your healthy add-ins while the chocolate is still hot. Make them whatever size you like, but mine were about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the refrigerator to speed things up.

Notes

If you plan to refrigerate the medallions it helps to put the parchment right on a baking sheet or tray so you can transfer it straight to the fridge.

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Heart healthy dark chocolate bites

Think of this as an experiment in mindful snacking… it starts by appreciating the blobs of glossy chocolate as they find their unique shapes on the parchment, and then the random patterns of colorful fruits, nuts, and seeds as they sink into the warm surface.

stacked dark chocolate detox medallions

Your enjoyment of each crunchy, chewy, chocolatey bite will be heightened even further by the knowledge that you’ve embraced dessert as a powerful friend and ally, rather than the enemy…

dark chocolate detox bites

and don’t forget your healthy glass of red wine to go along with your bites :)

 

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80 Responses to Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

  1. katrina says:

    OMG….not sure why it took me so long to make them….but they were so quick and simple…and must be delish, as i had 20 little circles, and only 3 left..i need to talk to my husband…hahaha

  2. Charlie says:

    Hi Sue:
    Could you share what fruit and nuts you used?
    Just curious.
    These look so good and I will definitely be making them.

  3. Mary says:

    Hi Sue
    Just curious about where you found the marijuana seeds and did you get a buzz from eating them?

  4. Amanda says:

    Hi there! I know this is an older post, but would you happen to know if you could make these without using the tj chocolate bar? For example, I make my own chocolate bars using dark cocoa powder and honey, but they have to always be refrigerated to hold their shape. Do you know of a way to make these totally from scratch where they would hold their shape without being in the fridge all day? I will do more digging, but would appreciate your feedback.

    • Sue says:

      I don’t know, Amanda, I haven’t made my own chocolate…yet! It’s on my to-do list though. Let me know what you come up with!

      • Amanda says:

        Thanks for responding! It looks like I could use the recipe I have for my chocolate bars and just make sure they don’t get warm. The main ingredient that keeps them together is coconut oil. I do this to control the amount and type of sugar and to eliminate any soy. I plan on whipping these up this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you!

  5. Paul Hannah says:

    Which part of this is detoxing? Will it detox me or has the toxins been taken out of it?

  6. Lalla says:

    I love this idea, thank you, great photo’s too!
    “I’m not judgmental about eating animal protein as long as the animals are raised humanely”
    But! And! Wow (!!) so casual about the lives of animals though! Have you seen these documentaries: Forks over Knives / Earthlings / Cowspiracy ? There is no such thing as ‘raising an animal humanely, or slaughtering them humanely. Please watch this short 5 min Ytube vid on the dairy industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI Life Changing!

  7. Sue, I am with you in your definition of healthy. And these look healthy/delicious/amazing! My husband’s view is a bit more strict but I know he’ll love these as well if I leave more of the fruit off of his pieces. Great photos, love your “view” of everything here. I might try to make these heart shape for Sunday ;).

  8. Debbie says:

    Hi,
    I love the look of these, so I made them, but they developed a funny looking bloom on the chocolate. They tasted good, but looked unattractive!
    Any tips? Seems like a lot of work to temper chocolate just for these quick treats.

  9. Bita says:

    Oh my! I love the look of these things – Fruits and nuts are my favorite type of treat. You did a fantastic job of choosing brightly colored tropical fruit along with the green in the pistachios. Your photos are so beautiful here! Ok, you got me – I’m making these!! They look like they would make lovely gifts for a dinner party host type of thing as well. As a health coach I recommend Kind bars to families who aren’t ready to kick the power bar habit….these are even better because you know exactly what’s in them when you make them yourself. Thank you thank you! – cheers and hugs, Bita

  10. Kate says:

    Thanks for the recipe Sue, they turned out great. Made them for my gym’s closeout potluck and they were hit :) wish I could add a pic!

  11. Cheryl Hockey says:

    What a great recipe idea. I have to try these. Thank you:))

  12. Lynn M. says:

    I see a lot of recipes, but there aren’t many that make me excited. This one does! It is Monday night and Friday’s are my night for special treats. It’s going to be a LONG 4 days waiting!

  13. D says:

    These were simple and elegant. Im going to box some up for Xmas or Thank you or Hostess gifts.

  14. Melissa says:

    I followed the recipe exactly and these were beautiful and delicious. I just made them again but faster and without all the mess. I used Lindt 90% cocoa bars and melted the squares on a baking tray lined with parchment, then placed in a very slow oven until just melted. Meanwhile, I portioned out the fruits and nuts into paper cupcake liners, the stiff ones that hold their shape. When the chocolate was ready I slowly tipped the contents of each paper cup onto the melted squares. All up it took only 15 minutes and the melted chocolate spread into rounds when the toppings were added. These were just as beautiful as the first round. I think I’m officially hooked!

    • Sue says:

      Brilliant :)

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks Sue! I hoped I wasn’t stepping on your toes since your original idea is so very fabulous. The simple truth is that treats this special seem to leave my kitchen before I notice, let alone have time to replenish. Thanks again for this splendid idea & perfect combination of flavours.

  15. Brooke says:

    Great choices of fruits and nuts to pair with these bites! They look incredibly delicious! :)

  16. Sara says:

    Oh my, how gorgeous are these?! Thank you so much for sharing, Carolyn!

  17. Amanda says:

    Are you kidding me?! I made these last night and they came out looking just as beautiful and (I’m sure just as) delicious as yours! I need to find me some goji berries…. Top notch… why didn’t I think of this before? Glad you did the thinking for me! ;-)

  18. Nan says:

    i think you have just saved me from eating everything stale in my pantry!! I have dark chocolate, dried fruit and nuts…and it’s just about time for my late night feeding!! Thank you!!

  19. Joan says:

    All those great ingredients and then you use a microwave? The snack idea is great, but the method is oh, so bad. Try using a double boiler or a glass bowl over a simmering pan of water. It is just as fast or faster than the microwave method.
    Microwave ovens give off radiation and high EMF’s; don’t use them.

  20. errmergerd… these are what’s been missing in my life! i mean, diet. these look so amazing, I’m so glad I found your pin! definitely making these ASAP!

  21. mad sad says:

    i like dark chocolate

  22. Matea says:

    This is so my kind of snack! Have to make these soon :)

  23. Doreen Ifkovits says:

    Does your dried fruit have added sugar? I’ve never really purchased dried fruit before, and I everything I see has added sugar. I’m just wondering what you use.

    • Sue says:

      I try to find dried fruit that hasn’t been sweetened, Doreen, but cranberries, for instance, almost always have some sweetener added. Your best bet is a Whole Foods store, or other health food store for completely sugar free dried fruits.

  24. <3 All those colours! And….is that crystalised ginger I see? Love it! x

  25. SANDY says:

    Could you please list all the nuts and dries fruit you used. I think they look so pretty, I want to make for my dietitian daughter for Valentine’s day. Thank you

    • Sue says:

      Sure Sandy — I used dried blueberries,dried cranberries, dried goji berries, dried figs, dried pineapple, dried mango, dried papaya, walnut, pistachios, almonds, hemp seeds and pepitas — whew! But remember you can change out the toppings for ones that you like.

  26. Teresa Davis says:

    Made these yesterday to take to my Thursday night card group. They think I am quite the gourmet cook – but these are so easy! Note: my husband has just been diagnosed with celiac disease (not fun!) I had just ordered a wide assortment of dried fruits, nuts, seeds from nuts.com. So this recipe was timely! Sue – what is between the almonds and the pistachios on the lovely spread of the ingredients?

    • Sue says:

      It sounds like you are SET to make these Teresa — and those are the hemp seeds between the almonds and the pistachios.

  27. Oh my ! We can eat these chocolate bites anytime! YUM! Great little snack for us and we love the “guilt-free” part! … and your photos are just stunning!

  28. I’m a personal trainer and I’m always looking for a guilt free excuse to enjoy chocolate. These look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Tabitha says:

    How delicious, I will finally get to visit a Trader Joe’s next week!

  30. Yes always looking for a mid evening sweet. These look like the perfect answer.

  31. Velva says:

    I love your philosophy on food and I definitely love these dark chocolate super bites. Still, I could not eay just one :-)

    Velva

  32. margaret says:

    This is a dream come true…sugar and salt!

  33. CakeSpy says:

    This is officially my favorite type of detox.

  34. Susan says:

    I love the way you do detox, Sue! These are absolutely beautiful and I love the ‘jewel’s you chose to adorn them. I’m a huge dark chocolate fan and bread off one square of 60% cocoa chocolate for my after lunch treat. I’d much prefer one of these :) I’ll be on the hunt for some pretty little bits like yours to try.

  35. grace says:

    these are, without question, the prettiest edibles i’ve ever seen. they’re like pieces of stunning jewelry! and they must be delicious! kudos, sue. kudos.

  36. Dom says:

    yeah me too… if they make me feel good then they’re good for me!… these are adorable and so pretty. I doubt they’d last long if I made something similar!

  37. These are perfection and what a great way to have a bite of chocolate without guilt :)

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Your detox is much, much better than my detox, Sue! These are beautiful – all those dried fruits look like little jewels. I can’t wait to try these with dried blueberries and pistachios.

    • Sue says:

      That would be a gorgeous combination, this is the first time I’ve tried dried blueberries and they’re great — I think dried fruit in general is really fun these days, there are so many to choose from!

  39. Barbara says:

    My dad used to keep one of those big bars of chocolate in the freezer and every night he would break off a small piece. Not a speck more.
    I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but your “healthy bites” are truly tempting. Clever idea to use the extra dark chocolate (which my daughter swears by) along with the healthy toppings. The photos are divine, Sue, as always. Think I better pin! :)

  40. mimi says:

    These look like heaven! I’m going to try this today! Thank you for your never-failing inspiration. I share your food-philosophy, but I have to admit that too often when my workload felt prohibitive I have found myself resorting to quick-and-easy-but-not-very-healthy-or-appealing options. Since discovering your website I’m enjoying being in the kitchen again – and most of what I’m making are either your recipes, or my own “experiments” that have been inspired by them. You’ve been a life changer for me and I’m very grateful. Your post is the first thing I check for each day :-)

    • Sue says:

      I’m reading this with my morning coffee Mimi — what a way to start the day, thanks for the pat on the back. Blogging is like any other job, it has its ups and downs, but comments like yours definitely make it worthwhile :)

  41. If this is healthy, I’m all in! Love all the textures, what a perfect way to satisfy a chocolate craving!

  42. I can eat chocolate and detox and be somewhat healthy. Oh my gosh!! What a great recipe. Pinned!

  43. I have that gnawing after lunch for some reason. A single Hersey kiss can put it to rest. These would be lovely. I know you made a great case for healthy. But they look too good for that category—HA! They are gorgeous. I think you may a new
    Xmas treat on your hands actually. They look so festive.

  44. I love what you did here! The nuts and fruit combined with the dark chocolate – I believe it would cure those cravings that send me into the kitchen looking for an open bag of chocolate chips. Love it! They are so pretty too.

  45. Amy says:

    I am also a chocolate chipper, I must confess. Sue, you make these sound on par with broccoli or spinach .. you’ve convinced me I would be doing myself a real disservice NOT to eat one or two or three. Love the photos, especially the one where they’re stacked up!

  46. I feel very unsettled at the end of the day if I haven’t had a little something sweet. And I have definitely dug into the rouge bag of chocolate chips on many occasions! These colorful little bites seems like a much better option! YUM!

  47. These chocolate bites look so beautiful!

  48. MoniQue says:

    I may have found my substitute for Trader Joes Extravaganza bar and more.
    We picked up that bar in Fl in Nov.It is always limited to Christmas I read.we have one square left.
    Your medallions are far prettier.

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