Monday, February 21, 2011

Power Bars

You might call this recipe for Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti a sweet finish to a meal, or you might just call it a “super food.”

I’ve been learning more about some of the healthiest foods on the planet in the new book “Power Foods” from the editors of Whole Living Magazine. When I was growing up, Popeye got extraordinary strength and saved the day by consuming a can of spinach. Well, new research says dessert can make you a Superman. I couldn’t be happier.

Don’t mistake these biscotti for an unassuming batch of cookies. There are some extraordinary powers stirred into this simple recipe. The bittersweet chocolate is smooth and sublime, balanced with the taste of peppery candied ginger and velvety walnuts.

Dark chocolate is a rich source of flavonoids, a group of chemicals that have a positive impact on heart health. Studies have shown dark chocolate to be a good source of antioxidants and to have a positive effect on lowering blood pressure.

Walnuts are a good source of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Recent studies have shown walnuts improve cognitive function. Simply put, walnuts are brain food. I wish I’d known that in college.

Good to know a guilty pleasure is good for you. I feel smarter already.
©2011 T.W. Barritt all Rights Reserved

19 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Desserts can turn us into Superman? Count me in. That's the best news I've heard in a very long time. I've fallen head over heels in love with dark chocolate.
Sam

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Finally, a cogent argument for cookies as health food!

lostpastremembered said...

Out of walnuts but just made chocolate mousse and I can't go a day with out at least one chocolate truffle (whole foods has great organic ones but they have run out early again this year... bad whole foods!).

Love the idea of biscotti because they are not terribly rich but so good dunked in coffee... ginger is a wonderful idea... Here's to superfoods, may they all be that easy to swallow!

JennyP said...

Chocolate and ginger together sounds divine and I'm all about chocolate and/or biscotti, healthy or not.

Kathy said...

These look super--can't wait to try them! Being good for me will just be a bonus.

~~louise~~ said...

One a day biscotti, now there's a thought. I may just need to show this post to my doctor:) Look out Superwoman!

Thanks for sharing, T.W.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Dark chocolate biscotti are oodles more inviting than my cardboard-tasting powerbars. :)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Count me in, too! I'm a biscotti fan.

Kalyn said...

I saw that book at Costco and could not resist it. Haven't looked at it too much yet, but I've seen a few things that look interesting.

tasteofbeirut said...

Wait a minute? Where is the recipe? Or are you keeping it for a future book?
I want to eat these real bad now!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

For some reason, I can't get the link to hilight, but click on the words "this recipe."

Gloria said...

These bars look delicious! gloria

Ford Mackenzie said...

How many walnuts do you suppose I would have to consume to offset the brain cell death of overindulgent, twice-weekly sessions of drinking rye, bourbon, or other whiskey?

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Ford - I'm betting the state of California can't grow enough walnuts to create the kind of balance you're looking for.

Barbara said...

Power in chocolate? Sounds like a plan. The bitterer the better. :)

Love the ginger in these, T.W. Not as crazy for walnuts though. I end up substituting pecans most of the time. Probably not as good for you, either!

Mary said...

Your power bars really do sound extraordinary, as does the book from which the recipe comes. I'll have to get a copy of it from the library. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

veron said...

It is sure packed with good stuff. You've got chocolate for antioxidants, ginger to help move the chi along, nuts for good fats ...how can you go wrong? :)

Velva said...

I would rather eat "power bars" a/k/a delicious biscotti than a can of spinach any day.

Your biscotti looks delightful. The best part is you can make these in batches, freeze and enjoy anytime you want. I am think with either a good glass of zinfandel in the evening or a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning. :)

Enjoy your weekend.

Velva

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Your biscotti look utterly delightful!


Now, I crave them with a good café latte!