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A Healthier Holiday Indulgence: Dark-Chocolate Covered Pears Recipe

A healthier holiday indulgence awaits this holiday season—one that won’t leaving you feeling guilty (or reaching for the nearest pair of stretch-waistband pants). This dark-chocolate covered pears dessert combines omega-3 rich walnuts, cocoa and fiber-rich pears. Best of all, it can be made in just four easy steps, leaving you plenty of time to check off the rest of your holiday to-do list. To reap the many health benefits cocoa can provide to both body and skin, choose extra dark chocolate—preferably 70-85%—and look for “non-dutched” cocoa (since the process of “dutching” cocoa significantly reduces the amount of anti-inflammatory flavanols in cocoa). Ingredients (Makes 8 chocolate-covered slices) 6 tablespoons dark chocolate 2 pears 4 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts Waxed paper Directions
  1. Clean and slice pears into quarters, omitting the core and seeds.
  2. Melt chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Dip pear slices until half is covered, then sprinkle dipped side with raw walnuts and place on wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.