Each month I create a post for the Recipe Redux where registered dietitians and healthy food bloggers are challenged to create or makeover a healthy recipe based on a theme. As February is home to both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, this post highlights my favorite healthy chocolate combo. I admit it; I am powerless against chocolate coated apples. However, they contain WAY too many calories to enjoy on a regular basis. With a few toppings you may be looking at over 700 calories! Yikes!
This Deconstructed Chocolate Dipped Apple recipe features cacao nibs which are cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks, and broken into smaller pieces. These nibs are one of the best food sources of magnesium, as well as a good source of calcium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium. If you cannot find them, simply substitute mini chocolate chips in the recipe. This tasty snack or dessert is packed with protein, fiber and healthy carbs which will help to keep you satisfied and happy. Don’t have an ingredient? Feel free to substitute whatever you have in the house that pairs well with apples like chopped nuts, granola, cereal, dried fruit, or seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower. Enjoy!
- 1 medium gala apple, cored and sliced
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts
- 1 ½ teaspoons shredded coconut, sweetened
- 1 Tablespoon dry powdered peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)
- Core and slice apple into about 18 slices, place in a bowl and toss in lemon juice. On a plate, layer apples, and sprinkle with hemp hearts and coconut. In a small bowl, add 1 Tablespoon powdered peanut butter and reconstitute with water to desired consistency. Drizzle over apples. Top with cacao nibs and serve.
Serves 1: 170 calories, 6.4g fat, 3.2g sat fat, 55mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 8.7g fiber, 19g sugar, 5g protein
If using regular peanut butter or almond butter, add 65 calories.
What is your favorite healthy chocolate combo? Please share in the comments below: