How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

Are you wondering how to make chocolate dipped apples? Apples, a superfood fruit, sure are good for you, so why not turn them into a delicious and healthy dessert. Dipping them into a relatively low-sugar dark chocolate provides the perfect contrast between sweet and tart.  Even better, making this wonderful treat is fairly simple.

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apples in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Core the apples

Select 2 apples to core. There are two ways you can approach taking the core out of the apple.  First, you can buy an apple corer.  This device makes it super easy to remove the core.  Your other option is to cut the apple in half and cut out the core using a knife.   By removing the core your chocolate dipped apples will be more enjoyable to eat. It is also important if you want to stuff your apples with some yummy surprises (see Betsy’s recipe below.)

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Place 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Pour 1/4 tsp of coconut oil onto the chips. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. (Hint: The oil helps the chocolate to harden and not stay in liquid form.)

Step 3: Dip your apple into the chocolate

Place your apple into the bowl and swirl it through the chocolate until covered.  Use a spoon to scoop any left ober chocolate onto the apple.

Step 4: Let the chocolate dipped apples cool and dry.

Place the apples onto wax paper, place in refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to cool and dry to the touch.

Step 5: The most important part!

Enjoy your chocolate dipped apples!

Yield: 2 apples

Now that you know how to make chocolate dipped apples, it is time to make them into a gourmet treat.

Betsy’s Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Recipe (pictured above)

These apples are a healthier and tastier version of the traditional caramel apple. The gourmet nut butter surprise inside is the best part! You can choose from Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Almond Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Cardamom Cashew Butter. Allergic to nuts? Use Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter instead. All 5 nut and seed butters are gourmet treats. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apple Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 T of any Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • ¼ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Directions:

Stuff Betsy’s Best into the apple’s hollowed-out core. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Dip the bottom half of apple in chocolate and coat with a knife. Let chocolate cool. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Use knife to coat upper half of the apple. Let chocolate cool completely before eating.

Drizzle some caramel or butterscotch onto your chocolate dipped apples for another twist and roll in crushed nuts to finish it off!

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6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

Peanuts aren’t the only type of nut that can be made into mouth watering butter and used in a variety of delicious ways. Almond butter is becoming more and more popular thanks to the superfood status of almonds.  There are several ways you can make the most of this incredible nut butter.

Here are Betsy’s 6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter (or Other Nut and Seed Butters)

1. Smoothies

A Vanilla Avocado Smoothie with Almond ButterSmoothies are delicious, yet they can lack healthy ingredients. Using almond butter in your smoothie recipes can keep them great tasting while providing healthy ingredients such as protein. Nut butter can also provide a variety of vitamins, probiotics and healthy fat.

You can create a fantastic smoothie using cinnamon almond butter. This particular combination of nut butter, fruits and veggies is both great tasting and full of healthy ingredients! Nut and seed butter is ideal for almost any smoothie recipe since they go well with both veggies and fruit.

2. Salad Dressings

Natural almond butter with chia seeds and Himalayan pink salt can be part of an incredible dressing for salads. Nut butter will keep your salad dressings creamy and thick, but can also add a bit of sweetness. This Spinach Apple Salad Recipemakes nut and seed butters especially great with Thai and other types of Asian salads.

According to Cooking Light, several types of nut butter can be used not only for salads, but as sauces for noodles, veggies and grain bowls. Nut butter can be used to make dressings that can be put on traditional lettuce salads, pasta salads or just for dipping raw vegetables.

3. Tasty Soups

Betsy's best pumpkin curry soup recipeCream soups are often loaded with unhealthy fats. Making soup with a variety of delicious nut butters can keep them creamy and mouth watering, but with healthier ingredients. Nut and seed butter can provide unique flavors that most traditional soups don’t offer.

Adding nut butter to chili is a way to make this classic soup richer and thicker. When making chili with almond butter you may even want to add a packet of almonds to the recipe to add some extra crunch.

4. Gourmet Sandwiches

Instead of sugary jams and jellies, try a PB&J with toasted nut butter and pomegranates. You can also trade in the traditional bread and make nut butter and egg sandwiches on an English muffin.Betsy's Best CardamomCashew Butter and Ginger Jelly Sandwich is delicious on whole wheat bread

You can even create a spicy quesadilla with tortilla shells, grilled chicken, your favorite veggies and choice of nut butter. When it comes to nut and seed butter, the sandwich possibilities are almost endless.

5. Healthy Granola Bars

Betsy's homemade pumpkin granola recipe features a gourmet cinnamon almond butterMost people love granola bars, but too often they aren’t very healthy. When making granola bars with almond butter it’s important to find a butter that’s all natural and low in sugar.

Almond, coconut, cashew and cinnamon are just a few of the options that can be used when making your own granola bars. Almond and Seed Protein Bars have a combination of incredibly delicious ingredients that are both savory and sweet.

6. Delicious Desserts

With nut and seed butter it’s possible to make desserts that are both delicious and healthy. Everyone loves cupcakes, especially kids. Gourmet almond butter is the perfect ingredient for your next batch of cupcakes.Hummingbird cupcakes are a kid-friendly almond butter snack

Nut butter ice cream is also currently a favorite. There are several recipes that include nut butter that don’t require churning. Everything from cookies and gooey bars to a variety of cakes and pies can be made with seed and nut butters.

These are just a few great ideas for ways to use almond butter and other nut and seed butters into your daily cooking routine. When looking for delicious nut butters, Betsy’s Best features five fantastic nut and seed butters. These incredible butters are low in sugar, gluten-free and all natural.

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and peanut butter are a perfect match! if you are looking for healthy snack or lunch ideas why not go to this perfect pairing.  Apples are one of the best fruits to eat and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon peanut butter is non-GMO, low in sugar, and super tasty.  In fact, all of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are non-GMO, low in sugar, and loaded with all-natural flavor.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Treats

A sweet treat that is fun to eat!  They may look deceiving, but throw out the bread and use fruit instead!  These gluten-free goodies will fool the kids but keep them satisfied.  We don’t want to fool you, these are for adults too!  You can use any nut butter of your choice to create the flavor you desire.  Trust us, they are as fun to make as they are to devour!!!

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in circles
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter of choice
  • 2 T Granola

Take 2 slices of the apple and apply Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter to 1 side of each apple.  Sprinkle granola on one slice and sandwich together with the other slice.

Apple and Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 AppleApple and Seed Butter Snack Ideas
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • Sprinkles or dark cacao nibs
  • Slice apple horizontally in 1/4” slices, but do not remove the seeds or the core.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter over the top of each slice and sprinkle with sprinkles or cacao nibs!
  • Cashew Butter Doughnut
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Coconut or Cashew Cardamom Butter
  • Sprinkles

Core apple and slice horizontally in 1/4” slices.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter over the top making sure not to cover the hole.  Add sprinkles!

Honey Mustard Cashew Butter Dressing

Honey Mustard Cashew Butter Dressing

With Betsy’s cashew butter dressing you can take your honey mustard to the next level and put a spin on it this fall.  Spice up a vegetable wrap or use it to dress a salad or marinade for chicken.  My favorite it to add it to a apple slaw.  The possibilities are endless.  Whip up a batch and give it a try!

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

1 T Vegenaise Mayo

1 T canned pumpkin

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 tsp honey

pinch sea salt

dash of ginger

Step By Step Cashew Butter Dressing Recipe Directions:

 

Step 1Mix all ingredients together until incorporated.  

Step 2: Spoon the dressing onto your favorite salad to taste,

Step 3: Enjoy!

Salads can be an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but caution is warranted.  Salad dressing can be loaded with sugar and unhealthy ingredients.  Don’t worry! Betsy has the solution and it is to make your own salad dressings at home.  We hope you enjoy this Honey mustard cashew butter dressing.  Its flavorful, satisfying and healthy.
Blackberry and Mint Almond Butter Sandwich

Blackberry and Mint Almond Butter Sandwich

Here at Betsy’s Best we are taking the PB&J to new heights.  If you’re a foodie you are going to love this recipe a gourmet almond butter and jelly sandwich.  Featuring our cinnamon almond butter and mint, this sandwich will have you wondering why PB&Js are considered kids food.

Ingredients:

2 slices bread

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

]1 T Blackberry preserve

9 blackberries

6 mint leaves

Step By Step Recipe Directions:

 

Step 1: Assemble the sandwich with almond butter on one slice of bread and blackberry preserves on the other slice. 

Step 2: Add fresh blackberries on top of the preserve and garnish with the mint. 

Step 3: Place slices of bread together.

Step 4: Enjoy!

We hope you love this gourmet nut butter and jelly sandwich!  Please let us know what you think in the comments below.  Did you #TasteTheDifference?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas?