Some things are like an instant smile machine. Take, for example, the shirtless man I saw yesterday by the beach: rocking out with a hula-hoop (while on rollerblades!) to a boombox blasting Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface”. . . oh, and who also happened to be about 80 years old. I mean, that’s pretty darn great.
But an even better smile machine is unquestionably a chocolate-covered strawberry. Why? Because no recipe says LOVE quite like an offering of juicy organic strawberries, dunked in lusciously rich homemade raw chocolate. Oh yes, sweet joy. And of course there’s no quicker way to a smile than love.
3 Tbsp cacao butter shavings
4 heaping Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp agave nectar
dash of sea salt
1 basket of large strawberries, washed and dried
Melt: Briefly heat a small empty pot. Turn off heat and place cacao butter and coconut oil inside, stirring until melted.
Mix: Whisk in cacao powder, agave nectar and salt, stirring until fully combined.
Dip: Hold strawberries by the green leaves and dip to drench in chocolate sauce. Carefully place onto a large plate.
Chill: Refrigerate for 20 minutes (can be made earlier in the day or overnight). For best results, serve on a chilled plate. Chocolate will be soft.
Serves 2 (of course)
Raw, vegan, & gluten-free
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