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Beauty Bites: Dark Chocolate

Hold up! Before you rush to the grocery store and stock up on Reese’s Cups and Snickers bars, I should clarify one thing. The only type of chocolate that will deliver the glowing skin benefits we all desire is dark chocolate. Seventy percent or more cocoa to be exact.

Dark chocolate helps to combat stress, which is one of the biggest contributors to dull and problematic skin. Dark chocolate helps to reduce stress hormones in the body which helps to fight against premature aging.

Not only does cocoa help to combat stress, it is also filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants (flavonols)  protect your skin from UV damage. The less UV damage we have, the less wrinkles we have. Flavonols fight free radicals, minimizing the number of age spots that pop up. Flavonols also increase blood flow giving you that fresh from a facial glow we all crave.

Here are a few of my favorite healthy healthier recipes to incorporate dark chocolate into your life:

Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies are made with raw cacao powder and a special natural sweet ingredient that you might already keep in your pantry. These are the most decadent, chocolatey, and fudgy brownies I have ever made in my life.

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Dark Chocolate Meltaways are so delicious, easy to mix together, and you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand. The best part is that you can keep them in the freezer. Just take out a square whenever you need a chocolate fix.

Chocolate PB Meltaway

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are perfect when you need to whip something up for a party, holiday, or even an afternoon snack.

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Macaroons are the most involved recipe on this list, but they are so worth it. The macaroons are light, airy, and filled with coconut. The dark chocolate dip and drizzle is a lovely complement. Plus, they are a low cal dessert, so you can have that extra cookie without the extra squats.

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Bittersweet Fudge Brownies

 

Chocoholics of the world, listen up!

These are the most bittersweet chocolatey brownies ever baked. Yeah, I said it. These brownies are so fudgy and dark chocolate filled, that I made them twice in as many days. They were downed that quick.

And, they have a secret healthy ingredient. Shhh….. (more…)

Dark Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Dark Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Crispy on the outside and delightfully chewy on the inside.


Ingredients


3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

4 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 bag dark chocolate chips

1 tsp coconut oil


Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Add the coconut to a parchment lined baking sheet. Toast for about 5 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites, sugar, salt and vanilla with a hand mixer until glossy with soft peaks.
  4. Fold the cooled, toasted coconut into the whipped egg whites.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Leave a little space in between, about an inch. They won’t spread too much.
  6. 6.Bake for 12-15 minutes. Until lightly golden, or to your preference.
  7. While the cookies cool, mix together 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips and 1 tsp coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, stir. Microwave for 10 second intervals stirring in between, until melted.
  8. Dip each cookie into the chocolate. Place back onto the parchment paper and into the freezer to set.
  9. Keep fresh in an airtight container up to 4 days in the fridge.

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Enjoy!
xo Ali Taylor

Dark Chocolate Meltaways

Happy Friday Eve! I have a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth…Dark Chocolate Meltaways. No artificial sweeteners, just real ingredients that you might already have on hand. (more…)

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


As a self proclaimed chocoholic, I am always looking for recipes that highlight dark chocolate. In this recipe, instead of using semisweet chocolate chips, I roughly chop a dark chocolate bar. By doing so, the end result is a cookie packed with chocolate. The oats are just enough to give this cookie a chewy consistency and a slight health benefit, if you’re looking for that in your sweet treats. (more…)