Dark Chocolate Mendiants are the healthy way to do dessert ~ these medallions are made with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate topped with fruits, nuts, and seeds ~ and they're just as pretty as they are delicious!
8ouncesdark chocolateI used Trader Joe's 73% Super Dark chocolate bars (the higher the percentage of cacao the better)
assorted dried fruits, chopped in small pieces
chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans
seeds like sesame, poppy, hemp, flax, etc.
Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil.
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a microwave safe glass bowl or 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.
Use a spoon to drop 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.
Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the refrigerator to speed things up. 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.
Store the mendiants at room temperature, or in the fridge. They'll last for at least 3 weeks. You can also freeze them.