tis the time of year in which we look for a healthier dessert alternative and i couldn't pass up sharing kathi's quick recipe for chocolate dipped mandarins (clementines work too). my urge for something sweet after dinner could use some tweaking, though i've made a good habit of drinking chocolate soy milk before bedtime and leaving it at that. ok, not always, but i do make an effort to keep the dessert habit in check this time of year as the cold weather deters me from walking the city as often as i'd like.
kathi's recipe calls for a touch of shortening to make the chocolate super smooth-- needless to say i left it out and though my clementines didn't turn out quite as pretty, they were insanely delicious.
what do you reach for when a sweet craving takes over? i've always loved the weekend dessert rule in which you truly make good choices throughout the week (a few slices of chocolate dipped fruit, small cup of homemade hot chocolate, etc) and then on the weekends you eat a dang slice of cake-- no guilt. completely removing a proper dessert from your diet isn't a viable way to live, just give it some boundaries instead.
photos and recipe via deliciously yum.