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Carob-Dipped Apples

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If you are like me and are on some stage of the Autoimmune Protocol, chocolate either hasn’t made it back in your diet or causes some issues.  I came up with these carob-dipped covered apples as an alternative to enjoy when I’m craving something sweet and chocolatey. You can use any number of toppings, it’s really up to what you can eat within your dietary constraints.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

There are so many yummy ingredients here you won’t miss the chocolate! The use of carob powder allows for that chocolatey taste without irritating your gut. Also, by balancing the sugar that is found in carob with the fat from the coconut oil and the fiber from the apple, you avoid blood sugar spikes. I am also a fan of using maple syrup as a sweetener thanks to all the minerals, like manganese, zinc, calcium, and iron that it contains (no, it’s not just empty calories!). And there’s nothing like lots of crunch and texture to truly tame a craving!

By Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN
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Carob-Dipped Apples

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:0 mins
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 apple (cored and cut into 8 slices)

2 cups water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

2 teaspoons coconut oil (melted)

pinch of sea salt

2 teaspoons carob powder (or cocoa powder, if you can safely consume it)

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Toppings like shredded coconut, sea salt, raisins, chopped dried fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the cut apples in a solution of 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 cups water to prevent browning.
  2. Put your desired toppings into separate bowls and set aside.
  3. Place coconut flakes, coconut oil, and salt into a food processor or blender and process until smooth (at this point you have coconut butter or you can use the store-bought kind).
  4. Mix in the carob powder and maple syrup.
  5. Remove apples from lemon solution and dip the ends of the apples into the mixture to cover. You will most likely have to pat the mixture down on the apples for it to stick. Dip the apples in the topping of your choice and turn to cover.
  6. Place the finished apples on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Refrigerate until hardened, and to store until serving.

Suggested pairings:

Pair with toppings like shredded coconut, sea salt, raisins, chopped dried fruit depending on dietary restraints.

Place the cut apples in a solution of 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 cups water to prevent browning. Put your desired toppings into separate bowls and set aside. Place coconut flakes, coconut oil, and salt into a food processor or blender and process until smooth (at this point you have coconut butter or you can use the store-bought kind). Mix in the carob powder and maple syrup. Remove apples from lemon solution and dip the ends of the apples into the mixture to cover. You will most likely have to pat the mixture down on the apples for it to stick. Dip the apples in the topping of your choice and turn to cover. Place the finished apples on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until hardened, and to store until serving. Suggested pairings: Pair with toppings like shredded coconut, sea salt, raisins, chopped dried fruit depending on dietary restraints.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 152; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 12g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 146mg; Potassium: 7mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 1g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron:10%

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