Chocolate of Choice

As decadent dessert season beckons, chocoholics longing to satisfy their sweet tooth without over-indulging can opt for these easy-to-make (and relatively healthful) dark chocolate bars instead.
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As decadent dessert season beckons, chocoholics longing to satisfy their sweet tooth without over-indulging can opt for these easy-to-make (and relatively healthful) dark chocolate bars instead.

The recipe comes from Chef Christine Denney at The Oaks at Ojai in California, who credits her daughter-in-law with the inspiration for this simple, customizable dessert."It was Marcia's idea to create "personalized" chocolate bars for everyone during the holidays," explains Denney. "We found that they're fun to make, but also quick and easy."

Not only can this sweet snack be whipped up in a flash, it can be altered at will. Denney suggests pecans, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and raw coconut for a sweet-savory combination, and tangerine zest, pistachios and dried cherries as a sweeter alternative. "Whichever items people select, they end up with a dessert that includes the three most important food groups: fruits, protein and chocolate!" she says.

Get the recipe in and learn about the health benefits from this tasty pick-me-up in the DAYSPA October digital edition!