* Fruit Skewers with Cardamom and Mint *

Recipe Source:  http://newhope360.com/recipes/fruit-skewers-cardamom-and-mint
Serves:  4

Combine tropical fruit with a spiced syrup, nutritious oils, and refreshing mint for a truly healthy sweet snack.  Don’t worry if the fruits listed aren’t all available—just use whichever fruits you can find.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2-2 cups* pineapple, cut into bite-size pieces
2 kiwifruit, cut into bite-size pieces
1 mango, cut into bite-size pieces
8 strawberries, halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons dark agave nectar
2 teaspoons freshly crushed cardamom seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
4 sprigs fresh mint, stems removed

PREPARATION:

Skewer fruit with short bamboo skewers, alternating to create an attractive pattern.  Place skewers on a large plate.

Whisk oil and agave nectar together in a small bowl until emulsified.  Add cardamom and chia seeds and whisk well.  Let mixture rest at least 5 minutes.  Whisk again and check consistency; it should be quite thick.

Stack mint leaves and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-wide strips.  Fluff to separate.

Just before serving, brush agave mixture over both sides of skewered fruit.  Sprinkle mint strips over both sides and serve at once.

Nutritional Info:

PER SERVING:
 199 cal, 8g fat (2g mono, 5g poly, 1g sat), 0mg chol, 2g protein, 34g carb, 5g fiber, 2mg sodium
*  About one-fourth of a pineapple.

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