CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES (V+, P, GF, NF, CHF, GRF)

 Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries - The Little Plantation

What makes for a good match? In a marriage I believe you need friendship, respect and good communication. But I also think personally, another key feature of a successful partnership is having a husband whose strengths help mitigate my weaknesses, compliment my personality and bring out the best in me. And today’s recipe is indeed like the perfect partnership – here you have two star ingredients that were destined to be together. On the one side you’ve got the deep, rich, bitter creaminess of dark chocolate and on the other you’ll find tangy, juicy, sweet and fresh strawberries…YUM! 

 Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries - The Little Plantation

Do you know what else I love about this recipe? It’s a great way to spend quality time with your child, bond and share your love of healthy food. So, for the photo shoot I got my son into the kitchen – he was a super assistant by the way, pinching the strawberries with the skewers and, much to his delight, getting involved in dipping the fruits (and his fingers) in warm, dark chocolate. After taste testing a number of chocolate covered strawberries, we went into the garden to pick some flowers and then arranged them together with the strawberries like a fun little flower bouquet. My son was proud of his work and I was proud of him! 

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES (V+, P, GF, NF, CHF, GRF)


Preparation time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4


Ingredients:

150g of dark chocolate (I used dairy and soya free 90% dark chocolate)
A handful of skewer sticks
300g of strawberries
1tbs of lucuma (optional - buy it here)

 Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries - The Little Plantation

Decorative ingredients (optional):

Seasonal flowers
Bee pollen
Desiccated coconut
Wheatgrass powder
Just be as creative as you want to be.

 Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries - The Little Plantation

Instructions:

Heat some water in a pot. Break the chocolate into smallish pieces and place in a heat-proof bowl over the hot water filled pot, allowing the chocolate to slowly melt. Please make sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl containing the chocolate. Once melted add the lucuma and briefly stir.
As the chocolate melts, wash the strawberries and pinch them with a skewer each. Then carefully remove the bowl with the melted chocolate and dip the strawberries into the chocolate, then decorate as you wish. Eat hot or, if you are patient enough, allow them to cool before tucking in. Enjoy!

Tip 1: These strawberries make a lovely lunch box treat.
Tip 2: If you have some melted chocolate left over, please don’t throw it away. Just pop it into a little ramekin and place in the fridge; you can re-heat it and pour it over a waffle or ice cream!