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Healthy Sweet and Salty Chocolate Pretzels

in Desserts, Snacks

This easy recipe for Chocolate Pretzels enables you to have a delicious and healthy snack in five minutes flat.

Remember yesterday when I got all crazy and mentioned the upcoming Christmas holiday?  I hope you don’t hate me for that!  And to take it even further, I am going to come out and admit that I am actually a teensy bit excited about the fact that Christmas is less than six months away.  What can I say?  I am a Christmas lover through and through.

chocolate pretzels 4While Christmas is a wonderful holiday for spending time with family and friends, I must confess that one of the main things that gets me so excited about Christmas is the food.  I am a self-proclaimed “foodie” after all, right?

chocolate pretzels 5Of course the best foods are the sweet foods.  I love chocolate pie.  I love cake.  And I love a good sugar cookie.  I mean seriously, what is Christmas without sugar cookies?  But one of my all-time favorite desserts that I instantly associate with the holidays is chocolate covered pretzels.

chocolate pretzels 3While I love to eat about a million chocolate covered pretzels around the holidays, I don’t particularly enjoy making them.  No matter what I do, I almost always tend to make a giant mess on my counter, get dried chocolate in my sauce pan that is impossible to clean out, and take three times longer making the pretzels than I originally anticipate.  Naturally, I had to come up with a solution.

chocolate pretzeles 7While I am in no way saying we should all replace our traditional chocolate covered pretzels- it is kind of obligatory to make them in the month of December- I am saying that we can and should make a much simpler version during the non-holiday months when the craving strikes!  These aren’t exactly “covered” with chocolate, but trust me when I say that the sweet and salty chocolate/pretzel flavor is definitely there!

Oh, and I’m not sure I can really call this a “recipe,” but let’s go with it!

chocolate pretzels 8Healthy Sweet and Salty Chocolate Pretzels
Vegan

Servings: Makes 20 pretzels (snack for one)

Ingredients

20 pretzel slims (I used “Everything” pretzel slims from Trader Joe’s)
20 dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place pretzel slims onto a baking sheet.

3. Top each pretzel slim with a chocolate chip or chunk.

4. Bake for approximately 5 minutes, or until the chocolate is warm.

chocolate pretzels 2Depending upon the type of chocolate that you use, it may not be very melted coming out of the oven.  However, I can promise you that it will be warm and creamy when you bite into it.  That’s what counts, right?

*Side note/suggestion: I found that the tastiest way to eat these are to flip them over (the chocolate will stick to the pretzel) so that the chocolate hits your tongue first.

chocolate pretzels 6These pretzels have just the right balance of sweetness and saltiness but if you like things extra sweet (or are just a major chocolate lover), you just may want to add two chocolate chips per pretzel.  There is no harm in that!

chocolate pretzels 9This x 20 = the perfect sweet and salty snack that you can feel great about eating.

And you might feel so great about eating these that you may need to make a double batch.

Are you a sweet and salty fan?

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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate July 17, 2014, 6:22 am
    How easy is that?! I just so happened to have a bag of everything pretzels in my pantry (which is strange, because I never buy them!). Thanks for the recipe! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Chicago RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 8:28 am
      I felt so silly even calling it a recipe... but it is SO good and great for when a sweet/salty craving hits!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 17, 2014, 6:39 am
    this is actually similar to something my mom makes around Christmas! She sticks some pretzels in the oven with chocolate on top (sometimes she'll go big and use Rolos) and then when they come out, squish the chocolate with a pecan.. omg, so good. You're kind of brave for using everything pretzels -- I associate them with the super strong garlicy everything bagels, I'll have to stick with original ;-)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 8:28 am
      I LOVE Everything bagels so it is no surprise that I LOVE Everything pretzels! ;)
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie July 17, 2014, 9:10 am
    These look FABULOUS. You don't happen to have any leftovers that you want to bring to the concert tonight do you? :D Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...Trail Running 101 for BeginnersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 1:37 pm
      Haha, sorry but I do not :( I only made enough for that afternoon otherwise I knew I would eat like a whole bags worth in a couple of days ;)
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles July 17, 2014, 9:20 am
    You know I would need to add a shmear of peanut butter in between the chocolate and pretzel lol....My dad used to make his own chocolate covered pretzels and even helped me out in terms of making them as favors for events when I had my cookie business...And oh, not mad about the holiday season reference at all! You are right, it will be here before we know it. And, I am ready for the cans of Trader Joe's pumpkin to be back on the shelves! I am currently making due with Libby's but it isn't as good. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Thinking Out Loud – Crumbs vs. Frozen YogurtMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 1:42 pm
      Yes, PB or AB with this would be awesome! And you know, I have never tried the TJ's pumpkin... but now I definitely will be once its back! I do LOVE their pumpkin butter though :)
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles July 17, 2014, 9:20 am
    You know I would need to add a shmear of peanut butter in between the chocolate and pretzel lol....My dad used to make his own chocolate covered pretzels and even helped me out in terms of making them as favors for events when I had my cookie business...And oh, not mad about the holiday season reference at all! You are right, it will be here before we know it. And, I am ready for the cans of Trader Joe's pumpkin to be back on the shelves! I am currently making due with Libby's but it isn't as good. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Thinking Out Loud – Crumbs vs. Frozen YogurtMy Profile
  • nicole @ simply nicole July 17, 2014, 9:57 am
    chocolate and salty is my favorite food combo! thanks for sharing! love your blog. i'm a new-ish reader. nicole @ simply nicole recently posted...Affordable Unique DecorMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 1:43 pm
      Thank you, Nicole! That means a lot! And yes... there are few combinations that are better than something chocolately AND salty!
  • Em @ Love A Latte July 17, 2014, 10:50 am
    I would eat a massive handful of these, please! Love super simple delicious treats. I love the everything pretzel idea b/c I've always loved everything bagels. I love Christmas time for all the food too! Em @ Love A Latte recently posted...Pregnancy Journey - 36 WeeksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 1:44 pm
      I LOVE Everything bagels, too, and have been on a major kick with them lately. Therefore, it made perfect sense for me to buy them in pretzel form!
  • Cara @ Chickadee Runs July 17, 2014, 1:44 pm
    But wait this is so easy! Like how have I never though of this before?! I have both of these things at home and will be racing out of work like a hot potato to put this DIRECTLY in my mouth.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 3:52 pm
      Haha, I know right? It's hard to even call this a "recipe." I made these and asked myself how I had never thought of doing it before!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. July 17, 2014, 7:02 pm
    The sweet and salty combo is to die for, and pretzels with chocolate is a great way to get your fix! Have you ever tried adding some almond butter as well? Ah.maze.ing.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 9:26 pm
      Surprisingly I have not... but you better believe I will be next time!
  • Jess @ PB & Jess July 23, 2014, 2:04 pm
    This is genius.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 23, 2014, 4:50 pm
      Haha, thank you Jess!! I hope you try them out :)

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