Saturday, March 26, 2011

Raw "Chocolate"-Covered Strawberries

So recently I've been wanting to go back to eating more raw foods. There's no question about the health benefits, and to tell you the truth, it just seems to be a craving of mine lately. So, here I am, in the kitchen, trying to work with what little resources I have until payday, and voila! I create these delicious raw "chocolate"-covered strawberries :) They firmed up nicely in the fridge, and are more along the lines of fudge-covered strawberries, but every bit as tasty as you might imagine that to be! Here's the recipe:

Raw "Chocolate"-Covered Strawberries

1/4 cup Raw Carob Powder
1/4 cup Raw Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Raw Honey or Agave
1/8 tsp Vanilla or 1/4 vanilla bean
1-4 Tbsp liquid*
1 pint Strawberries

* For the liquid, you can use any kind of nut milk, oat milk, soy milk, or even raw cow's milk if you'd like. Use just enough to get the mixture to the right consistency.

Warm the coconut oil slightly over warm water to melt it without heating it too much. Whisk in the honey or agave until blended. Slowly whisk in the carob powder until smooth. It may be very thick and slightly crumbly - that's fine, too. Add the vanilla or scraped vanilla beans and whisk in your chosen liquid until the mixture is a little thinner than chocolate frosting. Dip strawberries in carob mixture and refrigerate. This probably makes about 15-20 medium-sized strawberries. I wouldn't know. I made 10 and ate the rest, lol.

I think next time, however, I will use agave nectar instead of honey, or at least use a milder honey. I used half and half this time, and the wildflower honey I used was a bit overpowering. Also, I used soy milk - not raw, but it's what I had on hand. Any kind of "milk" would probably do - almond milk would most likely give the best complimentary flavor. Also, I used raw coconut butter, instead of coconut oil, which gave it a slightly gritty texture that was not the greatest. It would be much smoother with coconut oil, but again, what I had on hand...

Overall, these were outstanding! The coating, as I said, hardened to a more fudge-like consistency, but I kind of like that; it avoids the typical chocolate-covered strawberry flaw of hardened chocolate fracturing at the first bite, usually leaving you with a lap full of chocolate pieces and a naked strawberry. These are VERY rich and will satisfy your chocolate craving instantly - at least, they satisfied mine :)

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