Chocolate Dipped Fruit with Sea Salt and Pistachios
The perfect combination of delicious-ness 🙂
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- 2 Oranges, peeled and carefully sectioned being sure to leave the membrane intact on each piece of the orange slices
- 8 figs, cut in half lengthwise
- 6 oz. dark chocolate chips
- 3 T chopped Pistachios
- 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes or large crystals
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper Lay the fruit pieces on a paper towel and blot each piece to make sure to remove any excess moisture or water.
- In a small glass bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 1 minute then stir, continue to melt the chocolate in 30 second bursts until it is completely melted and glossy, stirring each time.
- Dip the bottom third of each piece of fruit into the chocolate and lay on the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the fruit with the pistachios as you go so the nuts stick to the wet chocolate.
- Now sprinkle the salt crystals evenly over all the fruit and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
***Healthy changes and substitutions
- *We reduced the amount of chocolate used to dip only the bottom 1/3 of the fruit, this will still give a great burst of chocolatey flavor but reduce the calories by half.
- *Using dark chocolate gives your diet a sweet dose of antioxidants.
- *We used fresh fruit in this recipe instead of dried fruit, this saves loads of sugar that is often present in dried fruit.
- ****Cooking Tips
- *It is imperative that any fruit you dip in chocolate is very dry before you dip! Even a drop of water can cause the chocolate to “seize” making it clumpy and impossible to stir smooth.
- *If your chocolate does seize, you can add a little vegetable oil, heat and stir until smooth. This almost always works!
- *Parchment paper helps the dipped fruit stay dry while it is firming up, there is no need to cover the fruit while it is setting up in the refrigerator. If you do want to cover the fruit for preparation ahead of time, cover very loosely with plastic wrap; covering the fruit too tightly can cause moisture to collect and begin to break the chocolate down.
- ****Nutritional Facts
- *Many studies show that small amounts of dark chocolate each day experience a reduction in blood pressure.
- *Chocolate is rich in the same protective antioxidants found in apples, green tea and red wine.
- *Chocolate contains three primary fatty acids, one of them being oleic acid which is found in olive oil. Oleic acid is a heart-healthy fat that has been found to reduce LDL, or “ cholesterol and increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/