{meatless monday} something fun for the holidays! — mini chocolate-dipped lady apples

17 Dec

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every now and then, i’m creative with sweets.  i’m not much of a baker, so i don’t keep common baking components around the house – i seldom even have milk in the fridge.  half & half, maybe… anyway, i wanted to try to make some candy-dipped apples of some kind without having to make an extra trip to the store, so this is what i came up with. i bought the apples prior, with the idea of creating something fun with them for the blog, and i had all the other items lying around.

i just think these are so fun – take them to the office for the holiday party, or make them as a special after-school snack for the season… either way they’re super easy and cute and everyone will love them!

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so i’m like, “why can’t i just make my own chocolate sauce?!” you so can audrey, you so can. plus, you know me – i try to put a healthy spin on everything… and this recipe was no exception.

– organic lady apples {sweet and tart and crunchy}

– half and half as needed {regular milk, lowfat, etc. would work just as well, i just go for the goods when i do use fats. coconut or almond milk may go well with this, also…}

– unsweetened cocoa as needed

– pistachios for garnish and colour

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i shelled the pistachios…

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then mashed them with the back of a spoon… and set them aside until the very end…

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cutsie lady apples.  i only see them around this time of year.  i forgot to look where they were from… but boy are they delicious!

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give ’em a good rinse and keep the stems in, so they are easier to pick up… bite-sized yumminess!

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in a sauce pan, i simply combined cocoa powder and half and half together and melted it down on a low heat… maybe a half a cup of cocoa to begin and start by adding a little half and half at a time, remember you can add more as you go…

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stir in some raw sugar to taste… add more cocoa if it’s too runny, add more half and half if it’s too thick…

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and keep stirring on low until the chocolate sauce glides easily off the pan…add more sugar if it’s too bitter… or, simply buy your favourite baking chocolate chips and use them instead 🙂  i just try to get inspired with what i have in the house…

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once the sauce is to your desired consistency, take an apple and roll it in the chocolate…

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then roll it in your pistachio topping and set it on a plate…

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so cute.

i put mine in the fridge overnight, to ensure the sauce hardened up nice and stuck to the apples…

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it’s best to eat them within a day, or the chocolate sauce will flake off… i think they make a great holiday treat – they almost look like a christmas tree ornament, no?! 🙂

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nom nom nom…

have a great week, everyone!

9 Responses to “{meatless monday} something fun for the holidays! — mini chocolate-dipped lady apples”

  1. anthony0358 December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I love this, this is so freakin’ awesome, I have apples all the time, but this is amazing

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  2. wonderlandbytatu December 17, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    love it and such a healthier and low fat alternative to the candied apples!!thank you for the inspiration!

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  3. The Muddy Kitchen December 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Pretty little apples, Audrey! Those lil’ guys steal my heart every time!

    And I’m sorry, but staring at the scoop of chocolate isn’t helping me get back to work this Monday morning! I fear I will need to venture out into the puddles and find me some chocolate.

    Chocolate? Before lunch? It’s like Cocktail Hour, I guess….somewhere in the world it’s “Chocolate Hour” so why not now?

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    • cooking with audrey December 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      hey Jennifer! thank you for stopping by, taking time to read, and for commenting! what sweet words you say. i fully agree “chocolate hour” should be celebrated! have you ever read chocolate covered katie’s blog? she’s like, famous now 🙂

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  4. liminalzone December 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    the apples look so cute and delicious 🙂 almost too cute to eat

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  5. Becca's Green Kitchen January 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    YES PLEASE!!!!

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