It should come as no surprise that I have a little sweet tooth problem. Two of my biggest loves are chocolate and peanut butter. One of the best things in the world is taking a spoon (or an index finger, whatever) of a really good nut butter and then covering that spoon with chocolate chips. I could eat mounds of that. Because I can eat mounds of that, a long time ago I started spreading out that same amount of peanut butter and chocolate (that one bite) onto something healthy. I found that distributing that little indulgence over a fresh, crisp apple made it seem like the good stuff was multiplied and it filled me up and satisfied my sweet tooth. Since then, this has become one of my favorite sweet snacks, and something fun I make with my kids, too.
I eat chocolate every day. True story. Dark chocolate has health benefits (WebMd told me so) like antioxidants and properties that lower blood pressure.
Chop up a tablespoon of dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips. Place them in a little bowl with 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil (or canola oil). As you melt them together, the oil helps make the chocolate drizzly.
And what goes better with chocolate than peanut butter? I’m obsessed with this maple almond butter from Justin’s. Use whatever you’ve got in your pantry.
I heat up the peanut butter in the microwave for just a few seconds so it’s stir-able and drizzly as well.
For the topping I like a little crunch. I always keep a container of unsweetened large flake coconut in my fridge. I buy it in the bulk bins of my local grocery store. When toasted, it’s very nutty. Regular sweet coconut flakes would obviously be fine here, too.
And lastly a few toasted almonds. Healthy oils and a tiny bit of protein (since we’re only using a little sprinkle).
Lay apple slices out on a plate, drizzle with the chocolate and the peanut butter,
and sprinkle with coconuts and almonds. Hello luscious snack that took me 60 seconds to whip up…
Because all of that goodness is spread out, you get filled up while still enjoying the little indulgence. And everyone should have a little indulgence. Also a little chocolate. And peanut butter. Every day.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Apples with Coconut and Almonds
Recipe by Our Best Bites
You obviously don’t have to measure here- just add things to your liking. I’m providing measurements that coincide with nutritional information. Other toppings we love are: caramel sauce, melted nutella, crushed peanuts or cashews, and cinnamon.
1 crisp sweet apple
1 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil (or sub canola oil)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes
1/2 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
Core apple and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange on a plate. Place chocolate and oil in a small bowl and microwave until melted and smooth. Melt peanut butter until soft and stirable (able to drizzle with a spoon). Drizzle chocolate and peanut butter over apples. Sprinkle coconut and almonds on top. Eat up.
Nutritional Info per serving (recipe serves 2):
Calories:170, Protein: 2.5, Fat: 10g, Carbs: 18g Fiber 4.5