4/27/09

Healthy Choco Logs


Its raining chocolates at "Poornimas For the love of Chocolate "event. One of my favourites, dark chocolate is an excellent source of anti oxidants, combine it with the goodness of dried fruits and nuts and you have a healthy, on the go snack ready in no time .

There are no exact measurements or ingredients for this recipe. Just use your favourite dried fruits, as much or as little you want like dried figs, cranberries, apricots, pineapple, candied ginger, etc.. the list goes on , season it with cinnamon or cardamom and use a syrup like maple or honey to bind it all together. I melted 72% dark chocolate with almonds , the almonds give a nice crunch , and I don't need to go through the process of double dipping. You can totally use plain dark chocolate or any flavoured dark chocolate , try it with even more or less percent of cacao, its totally versatile and very healthy.

Ingredients:



1C dried figs, (I used organic Turkish figs),
1/2 C dried apricots,
1/4 C golden raisins,
1/4 C dried cranberries,
1/4 cup crystallized ginger,
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
1 tablespoon honey,
3.5 oz. bar of dark chocolate (I used 72% cacao with almonds), chopped



Directions:

Remove the stems from the figs and discard. Roughly chop all the dried fruits. Put the figs, apricots, raisins, ginger,cranberries, cinnamon and honey in a food processor and process for about 45 seconds, until the ingredients are finely chopped and begin to stick together. Roll the mixture with your hands into logs and keep them aside.

Melt half of the chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler(see below). Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the remaining chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate is melted. Using a fork roll the fruit logs into the melted chocolate 1 or 2 at a time, until they are all covered. Place them back on the waxed parchment paper or silipat and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature.



How to use the double boiler:

Place a small bowl over a saucepan, containing barely simmering water, over low heat Make sure the water is at least 2 inches from the bottom of the bowl containing the chocolate.


Also to share is an award passed on to me from dear Srilekha ,"Wylde Woman Award" started by Tammy. Thank You very much Siri , I am so glad to have it.

The Purpose of the Award :

To send love and acknowledgment to men and women, who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy. It's been a blessing and an inspiration to meet all of you through your wonderful blogs.

I further pass it on to all my fellow bloggers.

11 comments:

Qasid said...

Cool concept... choco-logs... look delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

Purnima said...

Choco-logs! Wonderfully made! Congrats on the award. (Am so glad to see your comments at mine..after pretty looong! Glad u stopped by!)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks yummylicious.......Congrats on the award....Nice to see you blog again....

Asha said...

My husband loves dark Chocolate, log looks so yummy! :)

Love the Hummus too, good one Rahin.

rahin said...

Thank You Qasid

Thanks Purnima ...I am also glad to c you all stop by

Thanks Lubna

Asha ....Thanks ....I am glad you liked the Hummus too

Jeena said...

What a great treat Rahin I love the ingredients.

Great to see you blogging again. :-)

rahin said...

Thanks Jeena , so gud to c u too !

Cynthia said...

Hi Rahin! Thanks for stopping by to visit and helping me to find your home on the net.

rahin said...

Hi Cynthia , gud to c u :)

Gita said...

Wow..these are very healthy chocolate logs...they look so tempting..congrats on your award :)

Rahin said...

Thanks Gita