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Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day! But half the fun is making them with your valentine..

Creative Treats. These tasty vegan, superfood-infused flavors take this classic dessert treat to the next level! Easy to make and delicious to eat. This is the perfect couples kitchen craft to do with your Valentine. Get creative with this recipe!..

strawberries, long-stemmed..


melted chocolate..


Dip...




pecan-dipped berry..


goji-dipped berry..




Who says chocolate covered strawberries have to be "classic" and boring? It's time to give this classic romantic treat a superfood upgrade.

Taste Test: I personally loved the coconut and pecan flavors the best. The coconut was kinda amazing.

Kids Kitchen! You can even make this traditionally romantic treat into a fun kids kitchen craft: Chocolate Covered Valentines.

What You'll need:

Long-Stemmed Fresh Strawberries (I made a few cherries too)

1-2 cups of your favorite vegan dark chocolate chips

olive oil or another oil (about 1 Tbsp per 1 1/2 cups chips)

parchment paper or lightly oiled plate for cooling berries

double broiler to melt the chocolate (I simply placed a stainless steel bowl over top a boiling water bath in my soup pot.)

Toppings!!

Here's where the fun comes in..

Toppings I used:
raw, unsweetened shredded coconut
dried goji berries
spicy roasted pumpkin seeds
crushed cinnamon graham crackers
chopped raw pecans

other ideas:
poppy seeds
hemp seeds
sesame seeds
chopped nuts (wide variety of options - brazil, walnuts, macadamia nuts and more)
powdered sugar
cinnamon sugar
sunflower seeds
dried fruits (also a wide variety of ideas here)

..get the idea? I'm sure you can think of a few more creative ideas not listed.

Directions:

1. Set up your topping station with shallow bowls filled with different toppings. Wash and dry your berries. Make sure the berries are totally dry - so the chocolate is able to stick.

goji berries and raw coconut shreds..


2. Pour your chips into a stainless steel bowl. Add about 1 Tbsp of oil. Pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla extract - optional. Start boiling a shallow pot of water on the stove. Place your chocolate bowl over the steam and allow the chips to melt slowly. Stir gently. When your chocolate is melted you will want to work quickly.

dark choco chips..


3. Easy! Dip your berries into the chocolate then into the toppings. Lay them on a flat platter to cool while you continue dipping. Parchment paper or a lightly oiled surface works well for this.



4. Chill your berries in the fridge for at least an hour. Remove berries from fridge when ready to serve! Enjoy and have a Happy Vegan Valentine's Day!!!

cinnamon graham-dipped berry..






I dipped a few cherries too..








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