Low Carb Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Valentine’s Day!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, So Romantic & Sweet!
But maybe your sweetie is already “too sweet” (i.e., diabetic or pre-diabetic)… or maybe you’re trying to lose weight, or live a low-carb lifestyle. Or maybe you’re just not in the mood to be the victim of highway robbery–have you seen the prices on these things at the stores? Anyway, I’m about to show you how to make beautiful, low carb chocolate dipped strawberries (as well as regular ones) for Valentine’s Day–or any day!
This is so easy you’ll never buy pre-made chocolate dipped strawberries again.
1 bar of unsweetened baking chocolate
A bit of coconut oil
Sweetener of choice (I use Truvia)
A bit of unsweetened cocoa, drop of vanilla & dash of salt, if you wish
Now Show That Chocolate Who’s Boss…
Some recipes call for chopping your chocolate. Pfffft, where’s the fun in that? I just love beating it up with a meat mallet, which provides anger-management therapy while chopping up my chocolate for melting. This is a good thing on Valentine’s Day, yes?
Now use about 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil & run it around the inside of a microwave safe bowl. I do this in the hopes that it will help prevent the chocolate from sticking to my bowl. I also like to add a little bit (under a teaspoon) of unsweetened cocoa, because there is no such thing as too-chocolaty chocolate. Sometimes I toss in a drop of vanilla and a tiny pinch of salt, which makes me feel oh-so-chefly.
Now just put your bowl in the microwave. It’s going to need about four minutes, give or take, to melt on 30-50 power. Just keep a close eye on it, checking often and stirring with the tines of a fork. I watch it closely and change the power level frequently. You do not want it to boil or burn!
When the chocolate is melted, stir in your sweetener of choice. If you use a sweetener like Truvia, which is a combination of erythritol and stevia, it may be slightly grainy. Just return it to the microwave on 30-40 power for a minute or two, stirring with a fork occasionally to make it smoother.
Now just dip your strawberries (thoroughly washed and well dried), turning to coat. I like to leave the leaves on for a natural look and to provide a little handle for dipping. Place dipped berries on a plate lined with parchment paper and refrigerate.
I saw a recipe that recommended rolling the berry just a tad to the side so you wouldn’t get a “foot.” Foot? You mean that little puddle of extra chocolate? Is that foot? I love the foot! If that’s a foot, maybe I have a foot fetish… LOL!
If you have a little leftover chocolate, lucky you! Throw something in and coat it. I threw chopped pecans and coconut, and made these little ditties. Yum!
That’s all there is to it!
You can also simply melt sugar-free chocolate to coat your strawberries, but be careful of the ingredients. Most sugar-free chocolate contains malitol, which is notorious for causing diarrhea, and, well… that’s just not very romantic.
If you and your beloved are fine with sugar, you can just melt up a nice chocolate bar (a NICE one, mind you) and roll your berries in that. Nom-a-STAY, baby!
Now let’s all go celebrate love in its many beautiful forms. Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!!!