Cleaner Sweets –
In light of harder-to-control winter cravings, I’m continuing on with CLEANER sweets recipes! If you missed it, check out last week’s recipe for Natural No-Bake Cookies, perfect for holiday parties. This week’s recipe, the last of the cleaner sweets is for Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. This recipe is great for bringing to parties; just in time for New Year’s Eve!
Chocolate-covered strawberries can seem very difficult to make, but can be made very easily following two simple tricks. The first, is to thoroughly dry strawberries after washing them. A lot of people get impatient and skip this step, but even small amounts of water can prevent the chocolate from sticking to the strawberry. This can easily be prevented by allowing them to thoroughly air dry or patting dry with paper towels. The second trick it to add a small amount of a healthy fat to the chocolate while melting; butter, coconut oil, etc. This makes the chocolate smoother and allows it to mix more easily, as well as adds a shiny finish to the berries!
In under 15 minutes, you’ll have a few plates full of delicious, beautiful berries. What I love about them, is paired with a bottle of champagne, they are the perfect party food. Great for someone with food allergies, quick, and fancy, they work well for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, cocktail parties, themed get-togethers, New Years, etc.!
I hope you enjoy these cleaner desserts! Here’s to regaining our sparkle together,
- 2 lbs strawberries
- 2 - 12 oz allergen-free chocolate chips, chunks, or shavings (I use Enjoy Life or I break up Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate Truffle Bars (be careful as these aren’t allergen-free, but I’ve not personally had any issues so far).
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Natural milk chocolate (optional for garnishing, eliminate for vegan, soy or dairy allergies)
- Natural white chocolate (optional for garnishing, eliminate for vegan, soy or dairy allergies)
- Wash/rinse strawberries. Allow to dry or pat-dry with paper towel (if they are wet, you will have issues with the chocolate sticking).
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together on the stove top over medium-low heat, stirring often. Or, microwave in a glass container, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.
- Coat strawberries in chocolate. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until hardened.
- Melt milk and/or white chocolate and drizzle over top to garnish if desired. Refrigerate another 10 minutes or until hardened.
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