Want to eat healthier, but always craving sweets? These are the fastest healthy dessert you can make…and so easy with only three ingredients: dark chocolate, coconut oil, and strawberries!
These dark chocolate covered strawberries make a great dinner party dessert or romantic treat. Plus, this chocolate covered strawberries recipe is great for bringing to parties.
Easy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries Tips
Making chocolate covered strawberries can seem overwhelming, 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; such as 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. Paired with a bottle of champagne, they are the perfect party food. Great for someone with food allergies/restrictions, quick, and fancy, they work well for birthdays, Christmas, cocktail parties, Valentine’s Day, themed get-togethers, New Years, etc.!
Are Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries Healthy?
These are my go-to splurge for any type of party or even home sweets cravings. They are so fast and easy. They’re gluten free and dairy free…and if you use the right chocolate, you can make them completely organic. At least you’re doing sugar right! 😉
Added bonus: both chocolate and strawberries contain antioxidants which have a very wide range of benefits! In essence, I consider them healthy in moderation. + by comparison they are healthier than 95% other desserts.
How to Make Your Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, or Vegan
As this recipe has minimal ingredients, no tweaks needs to be made to make these gluten free, dairy free, or vegan. Just make sure to use a gluten free, dairy free, or vegan chocolate as needed. The chocolate bars linked in the recipe below ALREADY ARE all three — no additional work is necessary!
Ingredients Needed to Make (Healthy) Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
As mentioned, these are very simple, with only three ingredients: dark chocolate, coconut oil, and strawberries! See the recipe below for chocolate that is compliant with any preferred healthier diet: gluten free, dairy free, vegan (+ grain free, egg free, and so much more!)
What Is the Best Kind of Chocolate to Use for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?
Typically, the majority of people prefer to use bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate. Milk chocolate and white chocolate can provide a final flavor that’s just a tad too sweet (though still delicious if you go this route). In this recipe dark chocolate bars are used; semi-sweet chocolate is a form of dark chocolate.
How to Make Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Begin by rinsing your strawberries thoroughly. Afterwards, make sure they are completely dry, or the chocolate will not stick. This can accomplished by allowing them to thoroughly air dry after patting dry with paper towels.
While the strawberries are drying, in a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and coconut oil (or a small amount of another healthy fat), stirring consistently every 30 seconds to a minute to make sure if does not burn. The coconut oil/fat makes the chocolate smoother and allows it to mix more easily, as well as adds a shiny finish to the berries!
Once the chocolate is almost fully melted, remove the saucepan from the heat source, and stir vigorously for another 30 seconds until smooth. Dip strawberries in the chocolate and twist slowly until fully coated in chocolate (when the chocolate gets low you may want to spoon some chocolate over top as well to cover those missed spots).
Set strawberries on a small pan or plate covered in wax or parchment paper; making sure they are not touching. Refrigerate the completed dark chocolate strawberries 10 minutes or until hardened.
Optional Toppings for Chocolate Covered Strawberries
If desired, melt milk and/or white chocolate and drizzle over top to garnish. Or, sprinkle with fun toppings such as edible glitter, crushed nuts, sprinkles, cacao nibs, toasted coconut flakes, cookie crumbles, mini chocolate chips or shavings, and more! The possibilities are endless. Refrigerate another 10 minutes or until hardened.
Glitter Chocolate Covered Strawberries
If you are like me and like your dessert to stand out + like everything that sparkles, adding editable glitter is a great way to make your strawberries extra-special! It also makes them the perfect dish for parties such as New Years Eve.
Plus, its so simple! Just grab your favorite color edible glitter from Amazon or your local craft store and sprinkle/dust it on right after the strawberry has been coated in chocolate. For an extra even coat, add it to a small fine mesh strainer and tap your finger against the side of the strainer when it’s over top of the strawberry. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until hardened.
How Do You Store Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries?
Chocolate covered strawberries can be kept in the refrigerator for two to three days, however, for ideal taste consume within 24-48 hours. Wrap them with aluminum foil, wax paper, or plastic wrap to avoid condensation as much as possible. Learn more about storing your strawberries at Berries.com.
More Healthy & Easy Dessert Recipes
Looking to keep your desserts and party recipes easy & healthy? Check out these similar recipes full of “cleaner” dessert options:
- Gluten Free Fruit Pizza Cookies
- Homemade Heart Chocolates (3 ingredients only!)
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
I hope you my favorite healthy, easy, & beautiful dessert! Here’s to regaining our sparkle together,
Easy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 lb strawberries
- 2 about 2.1 oz vegan/allergen-free dark bars, cut into small shavings/small pieces (I use
HU chocolate barsor I break up four Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate Truffle Bars for a more budget friendly option)
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- white chocolate optional for garnishing
- Optional garnishes: edible glitter , crushed nuts, chocolate shavings, and more.
- 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 shavings 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.
- Optional: melt milk and/or white chocolate and drizzle over top or sprinkle on another garnish if desired.
- Refrigerate another 10 minutes or until fully hardened.