So why not eat something healthier that has less sugar and still shows your affection?
There are many ways to make your own chocolate treats at home using unsweetened chocolate and a touch of wholesome sweeteners. Below is a recipe for Chocolate Dipped Strawberries that does not contain any refined sugar. Give it a try and see how delicious this healthier chocolate treat is...
Here’s what you need to make 4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
- 1 oz unsweetened chocolate pieces or bar
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon raw honey
- liquid stevia or other equivalent sweetener (eg. maple syrup)
- 4 large, ripe strawberries, chilled
Combine the chocolate, coconut oil and honey in a pan over low heat. Stir until fully melted. Add sweetener (stevia, maple syrup, etc) in a small amount for sweetness. You will have to decide how much or how little you want to use. Since this is your first time making this, I recommend a tiny amount for now and in the future you can adjust the recipe.
Line a small plate with parchment paper. Dip the strawberries 75% of the way into the chocolate, withdraw and place on the prepared plate. If you have extra chocolate left over drizzle it over the strawberries so that none is wasted.
Chill until serving. Enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving (two chocolate dipped strawberries) equals: 89 calories, 8g fat, 7g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 4mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 2g protein.
If you multiply the above recipe you can make 8, 12, 16 or more strawberries so you can share with family and friends. In which case you can even arrange them on a platter or in a bowl.
If you use white chocolate instead you can also create white chocolate dipped strawberries, and using the leftover chocolate in the pan you can drizzle white chocolate on the brown, and brown chocolate on the white, to create strawberries with stripes on them.
Happy and Healthy Valentines!
Submitted to CardioTrek.ca courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com. Edited by Charles.