Natural chocolate dipped strawberries

Naturally sweet strawberries dipped in a healthy light chocolate coating. Great for when entertaining guests and perfect for an after dinner treat.

8 -10 large fresh Strawberries, washed and dried
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
1 tablespoon 100% Maple Syrup or 8 drops Liquid Stevia or to taste (optional)

1. Pre-line a flat tray that you will use to place your strawberries on to and keep in the fridge to cool whilst preparing the chocolate sauce. Pre-chilling the tray helps chocolate coating to set quickly.
2. In a small mixing bowl, mix coconut oil over boiling water to melt. (Use a small saucepan of boiling water and sit bowl over the top. The heat from underneath will melt the coconut oil in the mixing bowl).
3. Add cacao powder and optional maple syrup or liquid stevia and mix well.
4. Holding the strawberry at the leafy end, dip each strawberry into the chocolate sauce and coat well. Use a spoon to help if needed.
5. Place onto pre-chilled and lined tray.
6. Once all strawberries are coated, place in fridge until chocolate coating is set. Keep in refrigerator until ready to eat.

• You can also use carob powder instead of cacao powder.
• Add desiccated coconut to your chocolate dipping sauce or sprinkle coconut over wet chocolate dipped strawberries before setting.
• Add 1 tablespoon nut butter such as almond butter to dipping sauce for a nut fudge coating.
• Make chocolate sauce to serve as a fondue at dinner parties and let guests dip their own strawberries.

Recipe Tips:
•Make sure your washed strawberries are pat dry before dipping into chocolate sauce otherwise the coating won’t stick as well.
•For an extra thick coating of chocolate after first coat is set on strawberries repeat process for a second coating.
•Pre-chilling your lined setting tray in freezer will help the coating to set quickly.
•Pre-chill your washed strawberries in the refrigerator prior to dipping to also help the chocolate to set quickly.
•If your chocolate dipping sauce is too runny it wont stick to the strawberries well. If it is too runny place your dipping sauce in the fridge for a few minutes or until it begins to thicken.