Luscious Dark Chocolate Tart Without the Guilt!
Do you love chocolates?
There’s nothing like having a bite or two of chocolate as a pick-me-up, or maybe a hot coco during a chilly morning.
Dark chocolate that’s made from organic cacao beans is even better because:
Dark chocolate is a nutrient dense food created by God
It’s packed with health benefits for your heart, skin, cells, and more!
Today, you will learn how to make a simple dark chocolate tart recipe, how to choose the healthiest dark chocolate in the store, and why this dish is good for you.
This dark chocolate tart recipe definitely ticks all the boxes I’ve been talking about in the 5 steps to take care of your body, which is your temple.
It is my goal to help you achieve total wellness of body, mind, and spirit - physical health from eating good quality, nutritious food, and spiritual health from reading, understanding, and practicing God’s Word in your daily life.
So, are you ready to learn a new recipe that’s guilt-free, healthy, and made with nothing but wholesome ingredients that are God’s gift for you?
Great! Let’s go ahead and whip up this rich and filling dark chocolate tart that’s sure to be another hit with your family and loved ones!
How to Choose the Best Dark Chocolate in the Grocery Store
When buying chocolate bars, you have to keep in mind that they’re not created equal.
Here’s a smart shopping tip video when buying the best chocolate bar to help you out.
You have to watch out for those loaded with sugar and those that contain additives, chemicals, preservatives, and nasty ingredients you’re better off without.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is packed with amazing nutrients and health benefits.
It’s harvested from the cocoa tree’s seed, which is one of the finest sources of minerals and antioxidants on Earth.
One serving of dark chocolate (about 100 grams) with about 70 to 85 percent cacao contains essential nutrients like iron, manganese, magnesium, fiber, copper, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Dark chocolate also has antioxidants such as flavonoids, catechins, and polyphenols. In fact, the antioxidant activity in cacao is higher than what you can get from acai berries and blueberries.
If you need a boost of energy and a potent stimulant to help you start your day, dark chocolate is also good for that. It contains theobromine and caffeine, which are powerful stimulants but in less amount than what you get from coffee.
Speaking of stimulants…
The flavonols compound in dark chocolate stimulates the arterial lining called endothelium, which helps produce Nitric Oxide. According to researchers, this helps relax the arteries, reduce blood pressure, and improve circulation.
There were also studies on the benefits of consuming dark chocolate rich in polyphenols to diabetics. This antioxidant helps decrease insulin resistance, which is also a risk factor for cardiovascular ailments.
In fact, various scientific studies have shown an improvement in the heart condition of 470 senior men. Dark chocolate was found to decrease risks of cardiovascular mortality by up to 50% during the 15 years of regular follow-ups.
It is truly amazing what this food from God can do to our body!
God has given us food not only to enjoy but also to heal us from our diseases. Now, it is our turn to make better food choices and raise our hands for better health!
Other recipes that pair well with a Dark Chocolate Tart
This wholesome baked dish is perfect as a dessert or snack. Here are a few of my recipes that I highly recommend for you to try and pair off with this rich and tasty dark chocolate tart:
This is a wonderful recipe that will encourage your family to eat more vegetables each day. It’s zesty and healthy, and you can finish off this meal with a slice of your homemade chocolate tart. Yum!
Cruciferous vegetables are great for your body for so many reasons. This is why I’m a huge proponent of these vegetables because not only do they have anti-cancer benefits but they naturally have anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that your body can benefit from. I have a post on why you should eat more cruciferous vegetables, which is a great read that I highly recommend for you.
So to get your daily dose of cruciferous, here’s a fun and delicious recipe for you to try… And follow it up with your tart for some natural sweetness.
Kale is another cruciferous vegetable that is absolutely beneficial to your health. But if your family is not exactly a big fan of these leafy greens, you should definitely try this kale salad recipe that can get them into eating more of this vegetable.
Here’s actually one of my personal favorites. If you want a healthy alternative to rice, then cauliflower just got to be it! Plus, this recipe has yummy basil pesto that adds to its nutritional value and “yum” factor.
If you need some menu planning for the holidays, a special family gathering, or just a regular day, these are great recipes to cook and will keep your family excited to eat delicious and healthy meals!
Speaking of cooking...
Now that you know what pairs well with this tart and what’s AMAZING about dark chocolate, I’m sure you’re ready to prepare this oh-so-delicious and super nutritious Dark Chocolate Tart recipe.
Let’s go grab our ingredients and get baking!
Dark Chocolate Tart Recipe
Recipe altered from: Ancient Grains for Modern Meals
Luscious Dark Chocolate Tart Without the Guilt!
- 6 ounces dark chocolate: 70% chopped
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup honey crystals
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter cut into 8 pieces
- 1 tbs freshly grated orange zest
- 1 tbs Orange Extract
- 2/3 cups coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk at room temperature lightly beaten
- 12 toasted walnut halves for garnish
- Place the rack on the center of your oven. Preheat to 350’F.
- In a small saucepan, warm the milk and sucanat over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes until the honey crystals have dissolved.
- Add in the honey. Cook until it has completely dissolved. Stir and make sure the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set aside
- In another saucepan, melt the butter and the chocolate over low to medium heat. Gently stir using a wooden spoon for about 4 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and let the chocolate cool for about 5 minutes. Add in the orange extract, vanilla extract, and orange zest into the sucanat honey mixture.
- Combine the chocolate mixture with the sucanat honey. Whisk the eggs and the yolk until fully incorporated. You will notice the mixture becoming slightly thick.
- After baking and cooling the crust, put the tart pan on a rimless, large baking sheet. Sprinkle the tart crust into the chopped walnuts. Spoon the filling gently and evenly into the crust to keep the nuts intact.
- Place the sheet along with the tart pan in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and add decorations to the tart using walnut halves. Press the pieces gently around the exterior rim.
- Continue baking until the filling no longer jiggles when you move the pan, approximately between 8 and 10 minutes.
- You will notice the edges puffing but these will all settle while the tart cools. Remove the tart from the oven and slide the pan right on the wire rack to cool.
- When ready to serve, remove the tart pan’s outer ring. Cut the chocolate tart into 12 pieces and be sure to use a sharp knife that was dipped into hot water to cut clean.
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Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-
I’m a christian nutritionist. I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit. I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.
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