They Say Love is All You Need…But dark chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt…

Did you know that dark chocolate may lower your risk for chronic diseases? Chocolate contains flavanols which have antioxidant and anti-inflamatory properties. Be sure to buy chocolate that is 70% higher in cacao –  there is less sugar and more of the good stuff!

For a fun chocolate candy treat, here is a recipe inspired by one of our patients, along with some of our own touches:

Nutty Dark Chocolate Treats


  • 70% or higher dark chocolate bar
  • coconut cream in can, cooled
  • butter
  • sea salt to taste
  • macadamia nuts, pecans or walnuts


  1. Cool the coconut cream in your refrigerator so that the cream hardens and separates from the liquid
  2. combine the chocolate bars with a few scoops of the congealed cream
  3. Add a scoop of butter if desired
  4. Melt the chocolate, coconut cream and butter in a double boiler on the stove top
  5. sprinkle sea salt to taste
  6. break up the nuts and drop them into the chocolate mixture
  7. spoon out the chocolate into “drops” and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper
  8. Place in freezer for approximately 30 minutes
  9. Peel the hardened chocolates off the paper and enjoy!
  10. Enjoy!