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Happy Holiday Chocolate Goji Sea Salt Drops

This is a recipe that my best friend Nicole shared with me several years ago and I’ve since made it every single year for the holidays. The combination of flavors in these treats are deadly! The smooth texture of the chocolate against the chewiness of the goji berries married with the crunch of the almonds and spike of sea salt is an EXPLOSION in your mouth.

If you’re not big on baking, no worries… You can throw this treat together in a matter of minutes without turning on an oven and you only need 4 ingredients! 

Start by pouring 2 bags (20 ounces) of organic chocolate chips in a large glass mixing bowl. Make sure your chocolate is organic because it’s made with one of the most heavily sprayed crops, and non-organic chocolate can be laden with synthetic chemicals. 

Now you’ll want to melt your chocolate. To do that, simply fill a small pot (a bit smaller than your bowl) about 1/4 of the way full with water and heat it up to a simmer. Place your glass bowl full of chocolate chips onto the top of the pot… this creates “double boiler”. You can add about 1 teaspoon of butter (optional) to make it easier to melt and lessen your chances of over-cooking it.

Slowly stir occasionally until the chocolate is creamy and completely melted… mmmmmm…. and try not to be tempted into licking the spoon…. but I’m sometimes guilty! 

Carefully remove the glass bowl from the pot and turn off your stove. Stir in about 4 to 6 ounces of goji berries. If you’ve never eaten goji berries before, they are chewy, sweet, and PACKED with healthy antioxidants. They are one of my favorite snacks. 
 
Now, roughly chop about 8 ounces of almonds in half.. you don’t need to be perfect… and throw those in the bowl too. Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and give it all a good stir…

Spread a sheet of unbleached wax paper on a cookie sheet. Using an ice cream scoop (or spoon) drop about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto the sheet. You can add a few goji berries and almonds to the top of each one to make it look more festive like I did here…

Sprinkle a touch of sea salt on each drop and put the sheet pan in the fridge. Allow them to set up in the fridge for at least an hour. Keep them stored in the fridge, because they melt (and disappear in your mouth) quickly! 

Food Babe's Chocolate Goji Sea Salt Drops
 
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Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • 2 bags or 20 ounces of organic chocolate chips
  • 4-6 ounces of goji berries
  • 8 ounces of almonds chopped in half
  • ¼ tsp sea salt + additional for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Fill a small pot with ¼ water and heat to simmer.
  2. Place large bowl on top of pot (creating a double boiler).
  3. Fill bowl with chocolate chips and slowly melt.
  4. Once all chocolate is melted, stir in sea salt, goji berries and almonds.
  5. Use a 1 tablespoon sized ice cream scooper or spoon to drop mixture onto wax or parchment paper.
  6. Top each drop with a small sprinkle of sea salt (and a few almonds and goji berries if you like).
  7. Refrigerate to allow chocolate drops to cool.
Notes
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**

 

Know anyone who loves chocolate? Share this recipe with them and give them a plate of these delicious goodies… they are too good not to share! 

Xo, 

Vani

P.S. Throw out your Crisco and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Get my new 12 Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps list here! 

P.P.S. Looking for more holiday treats to share? Check out this compilation of holiday goodie recipes

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12 responses to “Happy Holiday Chocolate Goji Sea Salt Drops

  1. Do these have to be kept in the fridge right before eating? Or can they be kept on the counter for hours during a party without melting?

    1. You can definitely keep them on the counter for a party! I would keep them in the fridge before you put them out.

  2. I have a 3 month old which means I have limited time for baking during the holidays! I brought a plate of these to 2 different functions. These were an absolute hit. Actually, I was told this was my best dessert yet. Thank you Vani!!

  3. I Made them tonight.
    They were crunchy, chewy, salty, chocolatey, and melt in your mouth satisfying. My husband picked up a couple off of the cookie sheet, delicately place them on a napkin and nibbled on them as he started walking away… A few minutes later he appeared back into the kitchen with a serious look on his face as if he were on a mission and stated, “I need another one”. So these are certainly husband approved! I guess they are a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your assistant or a form letter thereof replied to my concern about Dead Sea sea salt collection, didn’t answer my question. Happy to know that my attempt to communicate is important to you. This isn’t about me. I have found that the Dead Sea is deader than it used to be. Not sure your company should be taking sea salt from the Dead Sea, given current findings of the sad shape of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River.

    The following from:

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/12/israel-jordan-dying-dead-sea-pollution-tourism/

    According to Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry, the Dead Sea—the lowest place on Earth—is receding at a rate of four feet per year. Its 30-mile length is only half of what it was a century ago.

    Jordan and Syria also divert water from the Upper Jordan River, reducing flow to the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Michael Wine, a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University who co-authored the report, says there’s a reason why government officials blame climate change and drought. “It’s very convenient, because the water managers are not in control of climate.”

    Sitting on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, the Lido Hotel was a tourist hotspot in the 1960s and 70s, where visitors sipped wine and ate lunch as waves rolled up beside them. But over time, the water crept further away. Lido was ultimately forced to close its doors in the 1980s. Today it is an abandoned, crumbling cement facade. The Dead Sea is nearly a mile away and 130 feet lower than it was in Lido’s heyday.

    According to Israel’s Tourism Ministry, the Dead Sea is the country’s third most popular attraction, visited by 1.7 million tourists in 2017. But thousands of sinkholes have already swallowed up infrastructure around the lake, and if current trends continue, Cohen says, the Dead Sea will become inaccessible. “It’s already a problem, and it will become much worse,” she says.

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