That secret ingredient is not what you think it is.. or is it? The images I've seen for apple wedges used the chocolate to coat the apple. I used the secret ingredient because I wanted added nutritive benefit and not just added sweetness. The secret ingredient is naturally sweet but it offers so much more!
1 large organic Fuji apple (makes 12 wedges)
1/4 cup organic granola (here's one, nut free like this)
1 ounce of 70% (at least) dark chocolate (look for organic, fair trade like this)
1 tsp of organic cold-pressed coconut oil (more or less, as needed, like this)
Edit: If you're using cacao powder, I recommend starting with a small batch so you can get the flavor profile you're seeking. I made a batch with 2 tsp of coconut oil, 3 tbs of cacao powder, and 1 tsp of raw honey. I heated the coconut oil and added the cacao (can use cocoa (organic)) powder, stirred and allowed it to bubble on low heat. After a few minutes, I turned off the burner (stir while it's heating) then I added the raw honey. It was somewhat bitter as cacao naturally is so I think I will add maple syrup in lieu of the raw honey next time to give it a slightly different taste. For this rendition, I coated the apples in the cacao (after it cooled) then I topped it with crushed walnuts and almonds (you can sub seeds if allergic to tree nuts). Pretty good!
1. Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil together. This will eventually create a shell over the granola.
2. Take the ... raw honey [secret ingredient] and spoon a little on each wedge (may need to use two spoons to keep one clean at all times to dip again for more honey). The honey may slide down the sides of the wedges but that's great! The more the merrier!
3. Sprinkle the granola over the honey on the apple wedges.
4. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the granola.
5. Refrigerate until ready to devour. =)
I really enjoyed the ease of this recipe and my son really enjoyed eating most of it. Thankfully I ate a few before I took the dish out to him. My husband should have eaten one when he had the chance because he didn't get any! Maybe next time. =)
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