While it’s important to eat healthy, you should also allow yourself the occasional treat. Treats don’t have to be as bad as a double cheeseburger with fries and a large milkshake. You can make modified versions of treats you like without having to compromise on taste. That’s what I did with this chocolate fondue.
The beauty of using dark chocolate in this chocolate fondue recipe is that it doesn’t need any dairy. Check the ingredients on your dark chocolate to make sure, though. The higher the cocoa content of your chocolate, the better. This means that it will contain less sugar.
Cocoa has great antioxidant properties. Some studies even suggest that cocoa may reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure. It is also a mood enhancer and helps support memory, which makes it ideal for exam time. While I don’t recommend eating a Mars bar before exams, a square of dark chocolate just may be beneficial.
I chose to add a bit of amaretto in this chocolate fondue to give it some extra flavour. If avoiding alcohol, almond extract will do just fine.
“Special” Chocolate Fondue (vegan)
100g 70% dark chocolate (typically one full bar)
3 tbsp non-dairy milk of choice (I like coconut milk)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp amaretto (or almond extract)
Splash of vanilla extract
Fondue set: combine all the ingredients, mixing frequently, making sure not to let the chocolate burn at the bottom.
Microwave: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, mixing it in between. Once it’s melted, add the other ingredients and mix well. If using this method, the chocolate may begin to solidify as the mixture cools down.
Serve with fresh fruit. Suggested fruit includes bananas, apples, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches or nectarines, and/or pears. This recipe is deal for 3-4 people.