Dark Chocolate Cranberry bites

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Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

Have I ever mentioned that I have a son who doesn’t eat sugar? Well, I do and it’s a good thing….usually. He will eat fruit and will put honey in his oatmeal and have maple syrup or dewberry preserves on his pancakes but for the most part he’s sugar free. 

Occasionally though it throws this mama off a bit, like at Christmas when one of the stocking stuffers we’ve done since they were little is to get everyone a theater size box of their favorite candy. Now, what do I do for his stocking so it doesn’t look so sparse?  Or when we decide to make homemade ice cream for an end of summer treat? What is his end of summer treat? I know, these are totally First World issues, but issues for me none the less. 

Last fall a friend gifted me a spot in a freezer cooking ecourse from Beauty That Moves. There were some great ideas in that course and that is where this idea came from. I made some dark chocolate treats for my son for his stocking…and he loved them. In fact, we all loved them. 

Over the last year I’ve experimented with a few different flavors and so far our favorite has cranberries, pumpkin seeds and just a bit of coconut in it. Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries are the perfect compliment to dark chocolate and add texture and “zing” to this recipe. 

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Since we eat Craisins® Dried Cranberries in salads, in our homemade granola bars and straight out of the bag, I like to get the really big bag at Sam’s Club. Unfortunately, our Sam’s Club stopped carrying them but I was able to find the 24oz bags at Wal-Mart. After walking up and down several aisles (I never really know where to find dried fruit in stores) I found them on the baking aisle. My children were super happy that I found these big bags and I was super happy that they were on Rollback for $4.98. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

To make the bites you just need dark chocolate chips, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, chopped almonds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and coconut flakes. Since Gabriel is really watching his sugar in take and I want to support that, I use bittersweet chocolate chips and add a 100% cacao baking bar. You may not want to go quite that dark, but we like it. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

To melt the chocolate, I like to use a make-shift double boiler. Put a couple of inches of water in a pot. Put the chocolate in a mason jar and then put it in the pot of water. Heat the water and it will melt the chocolate. I like to use a chopstick to stir the chocolate, you can use a spoon like a normal person if you prefer. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

If you have a 7 year old assistant, she can help you clean up the chop stick. You know, quality control and all. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

Once the chocolate is melted, bring it over to your work station. You’ll need to lay some parchment paper down and have your dried cranberries, seeds and nuts ready to go. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

Drop a small spoonful of the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let your helper begin “decorating” them with Craisins® Dried Cranberries, nuts and seeds. 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

I like to just do a couple of rows at a time. While I drop spoonfuls of chocolate, Esther, my helper, decorated them and took breaks to take a few photos for me (like the one above). 

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

Once all the chocolate has been spooned and decorated with Craisins® Dried Cranberries, nuts and seeds, you can leave it out to harden. Now, depending on how warm your house is, you might need to pop them in the freezer. Also, if your family just cannot resist them, you should probably get them in the freezer so they’re out of sight. 

After they have hardened, put into a glass jar or bowl, put lid on and store in the refrigerator. 

I’m usually able to make about five dozen with the one 10oz bag of bittersweet chocolate chips and the 4oz cacao bar. The great thing about using such flavorful ingredients like bittersweet chocolate and Craisins® Dried Cranberries is that you only need to eat one or two to feel satisfied.  

Looking for a true healthy treat? Try these dark chocolate cranberry bites, the only sugar is in the bittersweet chocolate chips and Craisins dried cranberries.

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