In the Bender Kitchen: St. Vincent’s Medical Center with a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Dessert

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Get a great idea for a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat!

We are joined by Registered Dietitian, Frankie Maderia.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bites


-About 8oz of dark chocolate, the higher the percentage of cacao the better.

-Assorted dried fruit, chopped nuts, and seeds (dried pineapple, walnuts, dried blueberries, dried mango, banana chips, almonds, for example).


  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper, or foil.
  2. Chop the chocolate into small piece and put it into a microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir again to completely melt the chocolate. Microwave as needed to melt chocolate if there are lumps, and stir.
  3. If you do not want to use a microwave, you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.
  4. Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate drip off of the spoon and it will naturally make a round shape. You can shape it as you want with your spoon. Work one at a time, after you drip the chocolate (and the chocolate is still hot), sprinkle with your assortment of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
  5. Make then whatever size you want, mine were about 2 to 2 ½ inches in diameter.
  6. Let the chocolate set at room temperature or put the bites into the refrigerator to speed things up.

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