These clean eating chocolate and walnut dipped pear bites make a delicious appetizer!
This refreshing, clean eating appetizer is the perfect way to appease a sweet tooth hours before dessert hits your holiday table.
The holidays demand special foods. But that doesn’t mean they have to be unhealthy or from a box or package. Fresh foods are a wonderful part of the holiday season, and sadly, most people don’t even realize it.
We have gotten so used to gravy coming from a can and stuffing coming from a box, that we can’t even imagine it being any other way. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Short of a few things that automatically come from a package (like the chocolate chips mentioned below), this time of year can be a veritable cornucopia of healthy foods… AND…. you can actually love it! I promise!
Now if you are a purist, and don’t even want to use the chocolate chips, you can purchase unsweetened baking chocolate and mix in some coconut oil and clean sweetener of your choice. It’s totally up to you. I just used the chips because they happened to be what I had on hand. So do what works for you!
And most of all, enjoy a very happy and healthy holiday season! I hope you enjoy it!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE CLEAN EATING RECIPES:
CLEAN EATING CHOCOLATE AND WALNUT DIPPED PEAR BITES RECIPE:
This delightful appetizer is a perfectly refreshing treat for your guests!
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I use Lily's brand, enjoy life is good too)
- 3 medium pears
- 1/2 cup walnuts (ground into crumbs)
- 1 box toothpicks
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and have your toothpicks handy.
Set out a small to medium bowl of water and add the lemon juice in it.
Melt the chocolate chips in a small slow cooker or microwave them, 1 minute at a time, stirring between each minute until fully melted.
Using a melon baller, scoop the balls out of your ripe pairs. Put the balls in the lemon water temporarily to keep them from browning.
When you are ready to dip them in chocolate, place them on a paper towel to remove most of the water first.
Using a toothpick, pick up one ball, roll in the chocolate and then sprinkle some crushed walnuts over the chocolate while it's still warm.
Set the ball on a parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving the toothpick in the ball.
After dipping all of the pear balls, place the entire cookie sheet in the fridge until the chocolate is hard and you are ready to serve them (at least an hour).
Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.