These chocolate-dipped blood orange segments were conceived when I remembered a favorite dessert of my youth: orange-flavored chocolates shaped like orange segments and packaged to resemble the round fruit. I'm normally not a fan of orange as a flavor--it always tastes artificial or medicinal to me--but when paired with chocolate, I'm in love. So this weekend, I decided to put a spin on my childhood treat by coating blood orange segments in a simple chocolate dip. As you can see in the photos, I topped my segments with hemp seeds, currants, and raisins, but the beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it to your tastes. I imagine nuts, seeds, and other dried fruits would also be delicious. These segments are healthy enough to serve as a snack, as part of a fruit and cheese plate at parties, or a satisfying dessert after a meal. Hooray for easy dessert recipes!
YIELDS 6-8 servings
- 4 blood oranges, peeled and separated into segments
- 1/3 cup liquid coconut oil
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Toppings of choice: hemp or chia seeds, chopped dried fruit, cacao nibs, etc.
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup until smooth. 3. Working quickly, dip half of each orange segment in chocolate and lay flat on your baking sheet. Continue until with remaining segments. 4. Top with toppings of choice. Place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened.* *If you are in a cold climate, you may not need to refrigerate your segments because the coconut oil will solidify almost immediately. Keep this in mind as you prepare your toppings or they won't stick!
Also by Molly: Chocolate Coconut Buckwheat Granola
Related: Double-Chocolate Mini Cakes
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Photos: Molly Lansdowne