Do chocolate eclairs, chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse or molten chocolate fondue sound yummy? Whether we admit it or not, most of us are chocoholics. But cacao that’s been fattened and sweetened into traditional chocolate desserts can potentially play havoc with a medically cautious diet. So, instead of ‘Death by Chocolate Cake,’ which is aptly named due to all its saturated diary fat and refined sugar, how about an incredibly simple, bittersweet treat of fresh and dried fruit, and 100% unsweetened cocoa and chocolate!
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
- 3 large navel oranges
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 8 pitted prunes
- 2 ounces 100% Cacao Unsweetened Dark Chocolate
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Slice away all rind and pith from the oranges, leaving the sweet, juicy, naked flesh intact. Then, to serve on a large plate or tray, cross-section the oranges into approximate ¼ inch slices and arrange in a shingle pattern.
- To serve in individual portions “supreme” the oranges, which means to section the flesh out from between the natural membranes.
- Drizzle the orange with a few drops of orange liqueur, no more than an ounce in total for the whole dish. This is optional. The recipe is good with or without the booze!
- Then shave curls of unsweetened 100% chocolate and scatter over the orange. The amount of chocolate is up to you, but don’t go crazy. This recipe should be a lovely balance of the juicy sweet orange flesh and the fruity bitterness of the unsweetened chocolate. Together they are immensely refreshing and flavorful.
- Select pitted prunes from the package avoiding those that are smashed beyond recognition. Plump the selectees into a nice shape with your fingers if necessary.
- Dust or dredge the prunes in the cocoa powder and gently transfer to a fine-meshed sieve. It’s easier to bounce off the extra powder this way, leaving the prunes lightly but thoroughly coated.
- Handle with care at this stage and serve the cocoa-dusted prunes alongside the oranges for a hint of unsweetened 100% chocolate to compliment a super simple, naturally sweet fruit dessert.
A good portion is half an orange and two prunes per person… and the chocolate of course!
A meal-ending sweet course without a single grain of refined sugar? You're not dreaming.
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