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Chocolate-Pineapple Dessert - Recipe

Dark Chocolate Dipped Pineapple with Pistachio

A slice of pineapple

A romantic, yet healthy treat, this decadent-tasting dessert provides the health benefits of dark chocolate (in small amounts) along with the antioxidants found in fresh pineapple, in season during the winter months. (Tip: Be sure to use high-quality dark chocolate made from cocoa butter, not hydrogenated fat.)


1 fresh, ripe Hawaiian Gold pineapple
6 oz. dark chocolate, 60-80% cocoa
3 Tbsp. pistachios, chopped


1. Cut rind off pineapple, core, and cut into 12 spears.

2. Melt chocolate in glass bowl in microwave for 45 seconds at a time, until melted, being careful not to burn.

3. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper, spray lightly with non-stick spray.  Dip one half of pineapple spear in melted chocolate, place on baking sheet and sprinkle with chopped pistachio.

4 . Refrigerate until ready to serve.

5. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes for maximum flavor.

Serves: 6
Calories per serving: 260
Calorie equivalent:  2 carbohydrates, 1 fat

Paulette Lambert, R.D., C.D.E.
Recipe created by Paulette Lambert, R.D., C.D.E. (pictured). Lambert is director of nutrition for California Health & Longevity Institute, located within Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. With more than 25 years of experience in private practice after an extensive clinical education, Lambert has wide-ranging experience in clinical nutrition and the development of individualized dietary plans.

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