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Chocolate-dressed Strawberries

Author: Traffic Light Cook
Quick chocolate-covered strawberries and dried fruits. 
Vegan, gluten-free
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 16 strawberries

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 lb strawberries, fresh around 12-16 strawberries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil**
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruits (optional)*** dried pineapple wheels, apricots, candied ginger
  • 4 tbsp hot water

Sprinkling Ingredients (if using)****

  • 1-2 tbsp dry coconut, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp almonds, slivered
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions
 

  • Wash strawberries and dry on a paper towel. Please be sure that the strawberries are completely dry before moving onto the next step. 
  • Place chocolate chips in a small pan and hold it over a pan of boiling water. It is important that the pan with chocolate does not touch the hot water. Once the chocolate melts (2-3 minutes), take the smaller pan off the heat. Add coconut oil, vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of hot water from the larger pan , stir for 30-40 seconds or till the chocolate mixture is homogenous.
  • Bring the smaller pan over the boiling water again and stir the chocolate for 30-40 seconds. 
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment. Hold a strawberry by stem and dip it in the chocolate. Gently shake to remove excess chocolate and lay it on the baking sheet. Repeat the process with rest of the strawberries and dried fruits (if using). Garnish with sprinkling ingredients (if using). 
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator. Your treats will be ready in 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

* you can use any type of chocolate--milk or dark chocolate. Next time I plan on using unsweetened chocolate as the fruits lend the necessary sweetness. 
** for vegetarian option, use unsalted butter.
***if using dried fruits, increase the chocolate amount by half a cup and oil and vanilla extract by 1/2 tsp each and hot water by 1-2 tbsp. This will be enough for three pineapple wheels, 6-8 dried apricots, and 6-8 pieces of dried candied ginger. 
****the amount of sprinkling ingredients will vary depending upon how many pieces of strawberries or dried fruits you decide to accessorize.
 
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