Apple candy bar salad gets a healthier twist without missing out on any of the sweet flavors by making it with Greek yogurt, chopped dark chocolate, and peanuts instead of the usual whipped topping and candy. Nutritious enough for a healthy snack but indulgent enough for dessert, your new favorite fruit salad will be this Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad.
Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad
I grew up in the same small town where my mom and my grandfather grew up. It was a mostly Polish and Italian town long before the days of the Food Network and the internet. So other than my mom’s hankering for enchiladas, I knew nothing of what people ate in other parts of the country, much less the world.
Of course I ate jello, but to me, something like a Creamsicle Jello Mold was dessert. Fruit salad was also usually found on the dessert table at barbecues as well. So in my world, floating fruit in Jello didn’t make it a salad or a side dish. Don’t get mad at me, but really, I thought it just made it gross. When my mom moved to Delaware, she discovered Pretzel Salad, with its layers of strawberry jello and pretzels and Cool Whip, at a local restaurant, and there was a mutual misunderstanding between her and the Delwareans. She couldn’t figure out why it was on the list of sides and they were baffled when she ordered it to-go for dessert later in the evening.
As I started blogging, meeting people from all over the country, and perusing Facebook and Pinterest for recipes, I discovered that there’s this whole segment of our fine nation that eats gelatin-based dishes as part of their main courses. This is apparently a thing! And then there’s the whole world of fluff and sea foam and candy bar salad. That people eat with their meal! Like seriously, Snickers with dinner.
Mind blown, people. Mind blown.
And I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I can get on that gravy train (jello train?) just yet, but maybe, just maybe if I made it a wee bit healthier while still keeping the sweetness (and the CHOCOLATE!) you might convince me that this can at least be part of breakfast or brunch…
While I might prefer to enjoy it as dessert, if you want to serve this Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad with your dinner, go for it!
Why? Well this Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad still has the creaminess, chocolate, and peanuts from the usual Snickers salad, but I swapped out the whipped topping and the actual Snickers bars. Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and honey make up the sweet, creamy “dressing”, and besides the apples, the fruit salad is loaded with chopped dark chocolate (hello antioxidants!), chopped peanuts (hello protein!), and a drizzle of honey for that bit of sticky goodness. So you see, all the best parts of a candy bar, but you can totally feel good about eating this candy bar salad any time of the day or night!
Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad is the stuff fruit salad dreams are made of!
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Here’s the recipe for Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad…
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 oz. cream cheese (light is fine to use), at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup honey, plus extra for drizzling
- 4-5 medium to large apples, peeled and chopped, about 5-6 cups
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts plus ¼ cup whole peanuts
- 1 oz. or about ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or mini chips
- In a bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla, and honey, and stir or blend with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Fold in the apples, chopped peanuts, and chocolate.
- Transfer to a serving bowl or individual cups or glasses and sprinkle with whole peanuts and drizzle with additional honey, if desired.
Enjoy this Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad!