Valentine’s Day. It’s here. The day where we mostly indulge ourselves in some delicious chocolatey goodness! I consider myself a chocoholic. Whether I have a Valentine or not, chocolate is always my Valentine! My favorite festive Valentine’s Day obsession is chocolate covered strawberries! Every year I make my own chocolate covered strawberries because I love them so much. Dipping them in dark chocolate with a percentage at least 70% cacao is actually good for you! However, I decided to create another super simple healthy way to make my own chocolate for them too! This way is gluten free, vegan, paleo, raw, and low in sugar (the only sugar is from the strawberry). I got this idea from my previous chocolate truffle post. All you need is cacao power, coconut oil, and stevia to make the chocolate.
A few quick facts about the wonderful benefits of cacao (not to be confused with cocoa):
- lowers insulin resistance
- protects your nervous system
- reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- reduces risk of stroke
- shields nerve cells from damage
- reduces blood pressure
- guards against toxins
- boosts your mood
- rich in minerals
Mix a few tablespoons of cacao power, melted coconut oil, and add a few drops of stevia to taste (I used the liquid kind) together until it’s a smooth liquid consistency. Then dip your cold refrigerated strawberries into the mixture. The chocolate will quickly harden on the cool strawberries. Set them on a plate, do as many as you would like! So quick, so simple, they are ready to eat!
I added a little more pizzazz to my strawberries by rolling them in unsweetened coconut shreds and cacao nibs. The toppings stick to the chocolate before it hardens so you can dip them in any other toppings that you would like! Let your imagination run wild.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!