You know how they say that you shouldn’t eat your dessert before the main? Well when you’re dessert is this healthy (even though it looks completely guilty to eat), you’re more than welcome to eat it any time that you want. Our third and final installment of the Valentine’s Day Treat meal is a simple recipe of chocolate dipped apricots that will only run you a total of 48 calories. And for the health nut out there who isn’t fond of the excess chocolate, swap it out for frozen fresh apricots instead.
Chocolate Dipped Apricots (48 Calories)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate wafers
- 7 ounces dried apricots (about 18)
- Prepare all of the ingredients.
All of the steps to this recipe are relatively quick and require quite a bit of attention. Make sure to have all of the ingredients ready to go so that you can use them as soon as you need to.
- Cook the nuts.
Place almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, shaking pan often, until nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; chop finely when cool.
- Melt the chocolate.
Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a small pan. Place chocolate in a small heatproof bowl over simmering water. Let stand until chocolate is almost melted, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and stir chocolate until smooth.
- Coat the apricots in chocolate.
Dip your apricots into the melted chocolate and either cover the entire piece or just half of it, allowing excess to drip off.
- Coat your apricots in the almonds.
Gently dip chocolate-covered part of apricot into chopped nuts and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apricots, chocolate and nuts. Place in refrigerator until set, at least 20 minutes. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Bonus: Dried apricots are well known aphrodisiacs. So make sure to use your Valentine’s Day treat meal to your advantage!
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