April here today taking over our blog to share these apple "cookie" snacks that are a family favorite in my house. They were inspired by the famous Girl Scout samoa cookie. There is even a version of this recipe floating around that uses caramel which you could do but I want my snacks to be packed with as much protein and as little sugar as possible so I opt for peanut butter instead of caramel. Protein plays a key role in helping our bodies burn more fat and of course our version includes coconut oil which gives the chocolate a unique richness and flavor that does not disappoint!
Here is what you will need to make these peanut butter chocolate apple slices that your family will LOVE as a healthy snack:
6-7 Apples (depending on size some apples are larger than others. My family loves organic gala apples and what was used for this recipe).
1 package of baker's chocolate for melting (you can use white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate depending on what kind you and your family love the most)
1 Tablespoon High Quality Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
All Natural Peanut Butter (you can also use almond butter)
Slice the apples to a thickness that you like. I find that thicker slices are easier to work with. You can peel your apples if you don't like the skin. I leave the skin on for the extra fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Next step is to core out the middle of the apple and spread with peanut or almond butter. You could also use a sunflower oil too, whatever your preference. This is a great time to get the little ones involved who love to help out in the kitchen.
Next step is to melt the chocolate and coconut oil. You can do it over a stove top or in a microwave. Keep in mind that coconut oil has a higher heating index than most other oils. If you are melting the chocolate on a cook top use low heat and stir constantly until melted. Be careful not to heat the chocolate too much or boil it as you could burn it. If using a microwave, heat for only 25-30 seconds at a time and stir until melted. Once the chocolate and coconut oil is melted lay the apple slices out onto parchment paper and drizzle the chocolate until generously covered.
Place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours to harden up the chocolate and peanut butter. Once chilled transfer them to a plate and serve straight from the ice box chilled. They are a great healthy snack that can be easily whipped up. My husband loves them as much as my kids do!
It was fun to share a family favorite recipe on our Coco Calla blog. I hope your loved ones love it as much as my family does.
Here are some apple fun facts that you may not know:
More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
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