Healthy Recipe: Fruit and Nut Chocolate Sticks

WellnessDid you know that dark chocolate has numerous health benefits? A 2009 study found that people who ate 40 grams of dark chocolate every day for two weeks saw decreases in levels of cortisol in their systems, have 10% lower levels of anxiety and considered themselves 10% calmer. A few health benefits of dark chocolate include a decreased stroke risk, mood stabilization, stress relief and increased blood circulation to the brain.  Try out this easy and healthy dark chocolate fruit and nut sticks recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1- 3 ½ ounce package, individually wrapped 60-calorie rich dark chocolate sticks (9 sticks)
  • 4 ½ teaspoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons snipped dried cranberries or golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped nuts, such as peanuts, toasted pecans, macadamia nuts or toasted hazelnuts

Directions

  1. Holding each chocolate stick with a paper towel spread ½ teaspoon of peanut butter on half or more of the stick.
  2. Roll coated stick in dried fruit and nuts.
  3. Enjoy!

Makes 9 servings

Sources: Rodale’s Organic Life, Better Home and Gardens

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