Tooth-Friendly Treat: Try A Gouda Infused Chocolate Dumpling

You can stop resisting your sweet cravings for the sake of your teeth. The following is an interesting chocolate and gouda dumpling that can help keep your teeth healthy.

Behind The Gouda-Chocolate Dumpling

Chocolate is the first dental-friendly ingredient you want to pay attention to. Chocolate contains an active ingredient called CBH. This ingredient helps disrupt the reproductive powers of the bacteria in your mouth. The catch is this ingredient is mostly present in the bark of the cacao bean. That means you have to use dark chocolate or raw chocolate.

Your recipe will also use gouda (or your choice of aged cheese). Recent studies have discovered vitamin K2 in aged cheeses. Vitamin K2 helps your body identify and heal areas that are lacking calcium. This should be helpful to your teeth when they have a bacterial attack.

The last two ingredients that should be highlighted are xylitol and honey. Raw honey contains enzymes that should help kill newly formed bacteria; raw honey also has a natural osmotic nature. This osmotic nature helps kill pathogens by dehydrating them to death.

Xylitol is a type of sugar that oral pathogens cannot consume. So you will be essentially starving the bacteria in your mouth by switching from refined white sugar to xylitol.

Remember these ingredients are meant to help, not replace your regular dental visits.

Chocolate-Gouda Dumpling Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sprouted flour or wheat flour
  • ½ a cup of dark or raw cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted, organic butter
  • ¾ of a cup of xylitol
  • ½ of a cup of raw honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of melted dark or raw chocolate nibs
  • 3.5 ounces of chopped dark or raw chocolate nibs
  • 14 2×2 chunks of gouda

Steps:

  1. Blend your flour, cacao powder, baking soda powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Use your electric mixer to blend your butter, xylitol and honey together. Whisk until the blend is pale and fluffy, which may take 4 minutes.
  3. Add your eggs one at a time. Continue to mix until the blend is velvety, which should take 3 minutes.
  4. Add your vanilla and your melted chocolate to the mix, and continue to blend.
  5. Pour your flour mixture into your butter mixture slowly, and continue to blend.
  6. Scrape the bottom of the bowl a few times to make sure you are mixing everything together.
  7. Finally add the chopped chocolate nibs to your mixture. Blend this mixture well, and chill for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Use an ice cream scooper to dab a small chocolate dumpling on your parchment paper.
  11. Add your chunks of cheese in the middle of each dumpling.
  12. Bake for 14 minutes. The dumplings should feel soft when done. Let them cool, and enjoy.

As you can see, you can indulge in dessert (every now and then) without sacrificing your oral health. (For information on dentistry, contact Dental-Med Finch & Keele)

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