Celebrate the Season With Chocolate Recipes

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Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate is a lot like that popular holiday song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” It doesn’t matter who sings it – Harry Connick Jr., Garth Brooks or Andy Williams – you love it, enjoy it and feel supremely happy while singing along.

Double Chocolate Whole Grain Pancakes

Likewise, true chocolate lovers enjoy it regardless of the variety, shape or how it’s served. You’re happy with a jumbo mug of steaming hot cocoa with marshmallows. Or homemade Christmas cookies filled with chocolate chunks and chips. You’re downright blissful when you can dunk and dip fruits and cake pieces in pure chocolate fondue or flowing fountains. And a heart-shaped box of Valentine’s candy gives you an ultimate indulgence – a surprise in every bite.

Cocoa Chili Rub Pork

Traditional holiday chocolate favorites are mandatory, but this year, expand your seasonal must-haves with these unique recipes using a variety of chocolate ingredients. For a family brunch or breakfast, whip up some Double Chocolate Whole Grain Pancakes. Semisweet and white chocolate star in these fast, easy, 100 percent whole grain pancakes. (That’s the blending and balancing factor!) Try Oven-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chili Rub for an easy yet elegant lunch or dinner entrée. The dry rub of cocoa powder, herbs, spices and chili peppers makes this lean pork entrée both rich and spicy. For dessert, bake a batch of Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Icing. They feature bittersweet chocolate along with cocoa powder and receive this dietitian’s seal of approval for the perfect, decadent dessert.

Happy, healthy holidays to all!

Red Velvet Brownies

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