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Cooking Matters: Sweet 'N Salty Chocolate Dates

OSF Dietitian Ashley Simper joins Donnie in the kitchen with a healthy new recipe.
You've never had anything quite like these before!

Ingredients
3.5 ounces 70% cacao dark chocolate, broken into pieces
36 pitted dates
7 slices turkey bacon, cooked crisp and finely chopped

Directions
1.    Fill a medium saucepan with 1 inch water and bring to boil.  Turn heat down to medium-low.  Create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl on top of saucepan, assuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.  Place chocolate pieces in glass bowl and stir until completely melted. 
2.    Take bowl of chocolate off of double boiler.  Place a stick in the date and dip in melted chocolate, rolling to cover completely.
3.    Roll in turkey bacon and set on plate or baking sheet.
4.    Place in refrigerator for 1 hour prior to serving. 

Serves 18

Nutrition Information
Per 2 dates
Calories:  80
Total Fat:  3 g
    Saturated Fat:  1.5 g
Sodium:  51 mg
Total Carbohydrate:  13 g
    Dietary Fiber:  2 g
Protein:  1 g
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