Fresh apricots are only available for a short season, so over the summer, I usually buy at least one box from Costco’s to enjoy this delicate stone fruit. Fortunately, dried apricots are readily available, so these beauties can be enjoyed year-round.
Although I like the bright orange color of dried apricots that have been treated with sulphur dioxide gas (which acts as a preservative and prevents them from turning brown), I try to buy unsulphured apricots to limit the amount of foods that my family eats that are treated with preservatives. People with asthma may have a reaction to foods treated with sulfite. Although no one in our family has asthma, one of my kids is susceptible to asthma when he gets sick.
One thing to remember when eating dried fruits is that it’s easy to keep popping these little sweet morsels into your mouth without thinking. So, although you might not eat 5 apricots at one sitting, it’s very easy to pop that many dried apricots in your mouth. One apricot only has 17 calories and 3.2 grams of sugar, but if you eat five, you can see how the calories and sugar can add up.
Today, I’m sharing a sweet treat that’s really not a recipe at all, but an easy way to satisfy a craving for something sweet and chocolatey. Originally, I was going to stuff the dried apricots with nuts and then dip them in melted chocolate, but cutting the apricots in half, or sandwiching walnuts between two dried apricot halves proved more work than it was worth. Sometimes, keeping things simple is just better.
When my youngest son popped one of these little morsels in his mouth, I asked how he liked it. He said they were kind of hard to eat to which I replied, “Maybe you should just eat half first instead of stuffing your mouth with the whole thing.” Funny, but for some reason because these apricots were half dipped in chocolate, he thought the only way to eat it was by eating the entire chocolate dipped apricot in one bite. Meanwhile, my older son had no trouble finishing off this plate of sweets.
This week, a group of bloggers is featuring Apricots as a Power Food. This weekly food blogging group features a different Power Food each week based on the book Power Foods: 150 delicious recipes with 38 Healthiest Ingredients from the editors of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine. Power Foods are foods that are outstanding in the amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more, that help fight disease and promote good health.
These Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots coated with toasted nuts are a great treat to satisfy any sweet tooth. Not only are apricots packed with Vitamin A and vitamin C, but they’re also a good source of fiber and potassium. Dipped in antioxidant rich dark chocolate, and healthy nuts, these sweet bites are packed with goodness – just don’t overdo ;).
- Unsulfured Dried Apricots (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods carry them)
- Dark Chocolate
- Chopped Toasted Nuts (e.g., walnuts, pistachios)
- Melt dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave for one minute. Stir, and continue to heat in 30-second increments until melted.
- Dip half of dried apricots in melted chocolate.
- Dip chocolate coated side in a small bowl of chopped toasted nuts.
Check out what these other bloggers have cooked up for this week’s Power Foods post: (If you’re interested in joining our group, contact Mireya from My Healthy Eating Habits.)
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Ansh – Spice Roots,
Chaya – My Sweet and Savory
Martha – Simple-Nourished-Living
Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits
Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink
Minnie – The Lady 8 Home