Say what? Let me articulate: cayenne-spiced chocolate frozen over fresh pineapple and sprinkled with red pepper and coconut flakes for a hot, sweet, and nutritious mid-day pick-me up, snack, or dessert. I’ve made frozen banana pops dipped in chocolate before, and it’s always a delightful treat. The flavors are familiar to me – never too familiar, but familiar enough to make me want to switch it up every once in awhile with a fun variation. In Istanbul, street vendors sell sliced pineapple on a stick. Walking by one of said stands the other day, I thought, “…only if that thing were dipped in chocolate”. So I made I happen.
These glow in so many ways, but pineapple takes the cake.
Pineapple: contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein. So whenever you are stuffed to the bring, gnawing on a bit of pineapple can make some room for just a few more bites (who can forego dessert!?). Pineapple is also packed with vitamin C, which means it is effective in fighting off viruses. The fruit promotes healthy gums and teeth, improves vision, improves digestion and alleviates arthritis.
Chocolate Coconut & Cayenne Pineapple Sticks
Keywords: froze snack dessert vegan vegetarian fruit coconut cayenne red pepper flakes pineapples
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1 bar of cayenne spiced dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- Thin wooden skewers, cut in half
Skin and cut the pineapple into 1-inch thick, 3-4-inches long pieces. Skewer each with a wooden stick. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate bar. In a small bowl, mix together the pepper and coconut flakes.
Dip the pineapple pieces into the melted chocolate, coating both sides. Immediately place in coconut and pepper mixture so that all of the chocolate is covered with the flakes.
Place the pineapple sticks on parchment paper and freeze. Enjoy!