Simple food is often the best, and these chocolate covered strawberries are no exception. They’re easy to make and taste incredible. There’s no refined sugar and they’re naturally gluten free, too. Bonus, right?
I made them in honor of my favorite hair dresser. She’s the sweetest person on the face of the earth. She also cuts my boys’ hair and let me tell you – that wasn’t always an easy task. She worked her magic and now hair cuts are usually simple. I’m so grateful for her.
Back to the story – I was at the salon getting my hair done and we were chatting about our plans for Valentine’s Day. Neither one of us had big plans but my hair dresser said she was going to splurge on chocolate covered strawberries. I told her she could make them.
I don’t know how your brain works, but mine always starts thinking through how to make the dish. It comes naturally to me now, but that’s after more than a decade of eating gluten free and refined sugar free.
I used a combination of unsweetened chocolate, coconut sugar and palm shortening. I wanted to make sure that the chocolate would stay firm at room temperature. Though I love coconut oil, it melts at room temperature (76 degrees Fahrenheit). Palm shortening has a higher melting point and works great.
The chocolate tastes totally different on the strawberries than it does on a spoon. This is a lightly-sweet, dark chocolate. Once it’s on the berries it’s perfect. If you like your chocolate sweeter, mix in a little more coconut sugar or add a little stevia.
You can share these or keep them all to yourself. And don’t limit yourself to strawberries – try any fruit. My boys love chocolate-dipped banana slices. We keep them the freezer as a treat.
If you love chocolate and fruit, you’ve got to see these dishes:
- Chocolate Crusted Fruit Pizza
- Chocolate Chia Pudding – top it with berries!
- Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting