During my pregnancy I had SUCH a sweet tooth. It’s not that I didn’t love a treat here and there before but, this was a whole new level of sugar addiction. I allowed myself to indulge in those cravings (probably more than I should have) during those 9 months. I assumed that my sweets preference would fade away after Tommy was born. I was always a salty over sweet kind of girl. Well, my love for desserts has decided to stick around. So I’m trying to responsibly allow myself to enjoy with some “healthier” dessert options. Today’s Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Drop Candy step in to take on that role!
I’m going to be honest, this recipe is really not a recipe at all. I was craving chocolate and I happened to have bag of dark chocolate chips in the pantry. Now it’s not beyond me to just dig my hand in the bag and eat chips by mouthful. But, I was feeling inspired. I dug out all the trail mix type items I had in my pantry and had the idea for these candy drops. So, does it need to be this exact combination of toppings? Not at all! Get creative. I’ve included my combination in the quick recipe below but, I’m sharing some other fun ingredients you can use if you have them in your kitchens. With 5 minutes of prep and a little patience while they set in the fridge you’ll have some pretty delicious treats!
Here’s a few other ingredients (outside my own recipe) to throw in the mix if you so choose!
- almonds, peanuts, pecans -whatever nuts you have on hand will do!
- raisins or other dried fruits like apricots
- puffed rice
… all for the love of the dish
- 1 bag of dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Pistachios
- 1/4 cup granola of choice
- 1/4 cup craisins
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil over lowest heat on smallest burner on the stove. Continually stir until fully melted and remove from heat immediately.
- Use a spoon to drop circles of chocolate onto parchment paper. Work in batches of 4.
- After you have 4 drops of chocolate, sprinkle a little of each of the pistachios, craisins, granola and coconut on each. Repeat until all chocolate is used up.
- Put baking sheet with chocolate drops in the refrigerator for 2 hours and they will be ready to eat. Best stored in fridge but not necessary!