Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Coins

Chocolate Kiwi Coins
Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN, CDN
Total Time 25 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 5 min
Yield 3 (1 kiwi worth each)

Kiwi fruits are a great source of vitamin C, and they contain a compound called lutein, which may help maintain eye health. Sliced kiwi is a colorful addition to a snack or breakfast, but have you ever tried it dipped in chocolate and eaten for dessert?

While the flavanols in cocoa beans (an ingredient in chocolate) contain antioxidants that may reduce damage to cells, research on the cancer preventing properties of chocolate are mixed. Many people experience feelings of pleasure when they eat chocolate, and that good energy alone is enough for us to say "yes to chocolate!"

If you are a chocolate lover, embrace it and allow yourself to indulge in a small portion when the craving hits. The darker the chocolate (think 70 percent and above), the less added sugar it contains, so try to choose dark over milk chocolate most of the time.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium kiwis
  • 1/2 cup dark, bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Line a plate with a piece of parchment paper. Peel the kiwis and slice into thick coins. Optional: place a popsicle stick into each kiwi coin. Place the kiwis onto the parchment lined plate and stick in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a small pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a simmer. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl over the pot of simmering water and melt the chocolate and oil until smooth, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula. Take off the heat and let cool for 1 minute.
  1. Dip the frozen kiwi coins into the chocolate mixture and place back on the parchment lined plate. Place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes to chill.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Not into kiwi or have leftover melted chocolate? Take potassium-rich dried fruit such as apricots, dates, or figs and dip halfway into the melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on top for a salty sweet flavor combination.

Store the dipped dried fruit in the refrigerator or freezer, or at room temperature on the counter. This makes a nice healthy gift for the holidays. Place dipped dried fruit into a glass jar and tie a ribbon around the jar for presentation.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Melting chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, also known as a bain marie or double boiler, allows the chocolate to melt slowly and evenly so as to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the bowl.

Keep the water in the pot at a low simmer; if the heat gets too high it could overcook and burn the chocolate.

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