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Chocolate Dipped Grapes

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    Serves 8

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    Try this delicious disease-fighting indulgence.

    2 cups (500 ml) red seedless grapes, stemmed
    1/2 cup (125 ml) dark chocolate chips
    3 tsp (15 ml) honey
    1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) cocoa powder

    1. Wash grapes and dry thoroughly. 2. Melt chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously (this should take a few minutes). Remove from heat when melted and immediately stir in honey. 3. Allow chocolate to cool to room temperature before gently stirring in grapes to coat. 4. Place chocolate-covered grapes on wax paper-lined baking tray and sprinkle with cocoa. 5. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

    Each serving contains: 365 kilojoules; 1 g protein; 3 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 16 g carbohydrates; 1 g fibre; 2 mg salt

    source: "Longevity Promoting Foods", alive Australia #13, Spring 2012

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