Y’all know my buddy Laura Ruben? She is an insanely good cook. She crafts delicious meals with simple, healthy ingredients. You have probably sampled her handiwork at Fluid’s summer client parties and she was the head chef on our Hawaii retreats. Her latest creation, these chocolate pineapple bites are the perfect summer treat! Try this healthy dessert at your next backyard barbeque and let me know what you think.
This simple recipe relies on the amazing flavors and nutrition of each of the few ingredients. I love the Del Monte Gold pineapple because it’s not as acidic as some other varieties. One of my favorite fruits, pineapple is jam packed with Vitamin C, Manganese and healthy fiber. The deep dark chocolate balances the pineapple’s tartness, while the coconut adds crunch.
One Del Monte Gold pineapple
Two cups of dark chocolate chips (60% cacao or higher)
Two Tablespoons of coconut oil (click here for my favorite brand)
One cup organic shredded coconut (I like Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened)
1. Peel, core and cut the pineapple into rings, and then into bite sized chunks.
2. Place the pineapple pieces on a paper towel on a plate, core side up and spear with a toothpick.
3. Pour shredded coconut into a bowl.
4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the top level of a double boiler until it is smooth and creamy. (or microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth)
5. Let the chocolate cool slightly. Dip pineapple in chocolate sauce, roll in coconut flakes (sides first, then bottom), set on a plate and refrigerate.
Anne McCranie is a Sellwood, (Portland) Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers these recipes to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.