Sometimes you just want dessert. And you shouldn’t feel guilty about it! After all of the leftover Easter candy that has been tempting me seems to have finally worked it’s way out of our house (or into our tummies), I have found myself craving chocolate on a regular basis. And sure, dark chocolate is packed full of health benefits, but you still have to demonstrate some level of portion control when it comes to eating it. And let’s face it chocolate + portion control is a concept I struggle with (who doesn’t?).
So I decided instead of feeling slightly guilty about downing an entire bag of dark chocolate chips, I could throw together a few of my favorite ingredients and create a ‘dessert’ that was actually packed full of nutrients. This way I could eat it with every meal if I wanted to (and so could my chocoholic family) and actually feel good about.
So I whipped a few things together, enlisted my favorite taste-testing toddler to help, and out came my newest creation: Dark Chocolate Superfood Pretzel Pops. It’s a dessert, it’s a superfood, it’s a family favorite!
Dark Chocolate Superfood Pretzel Pops Recipe
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips, melted (use at least 70% cacao)
- ¼ cup chia seeds ¼ cup freeze dried raspberries
- ¼ cup freeze dried mandarin oranges
- ¼ cup freeze dried pineapple
- 18 100% whole grain pretzel rods
Melt chocolate and mix in chia seeds. Stir thoroughly. Dip pretzel rods into chocolate and coat evenly. In a small bowl, gently crush freeze dried fruit to create tiny ‘sprinkle-sized’ pieces. Roll chocolate covered pretzels into the fruit then place on parchment paper. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy! Makes 18 servings
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving)
75 calories Carbs: 12gm Fiber: 2gm Protein: 2gm Fat: 3gm