Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Pistachios
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you are like me, you are probably thinking of sweet things you can do on that day for the special people in your life. Although you can simply go out and buy a box of chocolates, it only takes just a little more effort to make something delicious yourself to give as a gift. Chocolate dipped strawberries can be purchased, but they are simple to make at home and your significant other will be impressed that you took the time to make them yourself! I am sharing with you my recipe for raw chocolate dipped strawberries, which are refined sugar free and vegan. I coated them with pistachios, which are lovely with the red berries, but feel free to use your favorite nut or coconut in its place if you would like. Another option, you can buy good quality dark chocolate in place of the raw chocolate if sugar is not a concern.
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
In a bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, cacao powder, agave nectar, and sea salt until smooth. Lay out a piece of foil on a tray, and place the nuts in a bowl. Dip a strawberry into the chocolate (dipping a few times to coat), then into the pistachios, then set on the foil. Repeat with the remaining berries, then set the berries in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate. Enjoy!*If being raw is not a concern, you can melt dark chocolate and use it in place of the raw chocolate when dipping the strawberries.
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