The “month of love” is officially upon us. You might be thinking that you have to pass on all of the chocolate-filled indulgences that come along with it, BUT not so. Dark chocolate specifically is packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation, and in turn fight pain. Reach for a bar to eat plain (be sure to look for one that contains 70% cocoa or higher for the most anti-inflammatory benefits!) or shave it over this colorful and healthful dark chocolate dessert recipe!

Citrus and dark chocolate dessert recipe (serves 2)

Citrus is in season right now. Tart and fragrant grapefruits, and sweet oranges of all different hues, should be plentiful at your local markets. You can feel free to use any varieties you like for this dark chocolate dessert recipe – or follow the ingredient list exactly as-is. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C as well as flavonoids, both of which have been shown to ward off illness.

Here citrus and dark chocolate team up to form the perfect pair!


  • 1 small grapefruit, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Dark chocolate bar


  1. Divide the citrus rounds between two separate plates. Arrange in a single layer on each plate.
  2. Drizzle the citrus with the balsamic vinegar (again, dividing evenly between the two plates).
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt. Using a vegetable peeler, shave pieces of the dark chocolate bar over each plate; as much or as little as you wish. Serve immediately.

What’s your favorite dark chocolate dessert recipe?


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