Happy (almost) Halloween! T-1 day until this much-awaited holiday!
I don’t know about you, but as a kid I loved gorging myself every year on all the sugary Halloween candies I collected from trick-or-treating. Although I still treat myself to the occasional few pieces of candy corn (It’s all about moderation, and candy corn technically is a vegetable…right? I’m just kidding!), I also appreciate healthier alternatives to curb my sweet cravings without all the processed chemicals and sugar.
*Cue my Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Coffee Beans*
Important note: I promise they taste way better than they photograph! Now you too can make these easy, sweet treats for yourself. Not only will these satisfy your chocolate cravings, but also they will give you an added caffeine boost! Who doesn’t love that?
Here’s what you’ll need….
- 1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate (use chips or break a bar into pieces for quicker melting)
- 1 cup whole, roasted coffee beans (I snagged mine from Starbucks)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler over low-medium heat (if you use too high of a heat setting, the chocolate will burn before melting).
- Remove the dark chocolate from above the heat.
- Stir in the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
- Stir in the coffee beans, and thoroughly mix all the ingredients together.
- Place the chocolate-covered beans onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Spread out the beans individually, or like me, group them in clusters for “chocolate coffee bark.”
- Let the beans dry entirely, and when finished, enjoy!
Fun Foodie Fact: Consuming dark chocolate (70% or more cacao) lowers blood pressure and increases endorphins in the brain. A recent study also concluded that eating just 1 ounce of dark chocolate a day could reduce stress damage to the metabolism as well as decrease cortisol levels, according to Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP, author of Eat Pretty.
Chocolate not only tastes good, but it also boosts your health! 3 cheers for chocolate!