Chocolate Almond Apricots

This is another healthy but delicious alternative to after-dinner mints. Very quick and easy to make, these petit fours also provide a powerful nutrient punch, as apricots are rich in the antioxidant pro-vitamin betacarotene, needed for a strong immune system and healthy skin, while almonds are rich in protein, as well as the bone-friendly minerals calcium and magnesium.


Makes 15

50g (2oz) good quality chocolate

15 ready-to-eat dried apricots

15 almonds


1 Line a baking tray or large plate with baking paper. Gently melt the chocolate over a bain marie or in the microwave.

2 Meanwhile, make a slit down one side of each apricot and push your finger in to create a pocket. Insert an almond inside each apricot, then dip one half of the apricot – the open half where the almond was inserted – in the melted chocolate to seal the pocket.

3 Place on the baking tray and chill in the fridge for at least half an hour until the chocolate has hardened. Store in an airtight tin in a cool, dry place.

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free • V • Can be made in advance

From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.

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