Valentine’s Day inspired this creation. It seemed as if chocolate covered strawberries were on sale at every grocery store in America. Desiring to make my own to avoid food sensitivities, I came up with a more decadent version.
FYI: Do not let strawberries keep you from making this. Any fruit will likely do.
Equipment: High speed blender. Measuring spoons. Small sauce pan. 4.5″ mini springform pan. Parchment paper.
Strawberry Chocolate Dessert
Delicious chocolate dessert with strawberry topping.
IngredientsCrust: 3/4 c. almonds. 4 medjool dates (pitted and soaked). 1 t. cacao powder. Chocolate Filling: 4 T. culinary coconut milk original (not lite)– I use So Delicious Organic. 1.4 oz. chocolate — I use a bar with high cacao (or cocoa) content, at least 70%. Strawberry Topping: 1/4 c. (around four medium sized) strawberries. 1 t. maple syrup.
DirectionsCrust: In a high speed blender, make 3/4 c. almond flour by pulsating almonds on high. Add cacao powder and dates to almond flour. Blend until well combined. Form crust base in a parchment paper lined mini springform pan. Make sure to add crust sides. Chocolate Filling: Put 4 T. coconut milk in sauce pan on stove eye. Put on high heat. I take off eye as soon as bubbles sound/appear. Place chocolate squares in milk. Wait a minute for chocolate to melt and then stir well to combine. If chocolate is not melting, put on eye recently heated and stir well. Pour filling into crust base and place in refrigerator for thirty minutes to one hour for filling to set. May set sooner, check. Not supposed to be hardened. Strawberry Topping: Put strawberries in high speed blender and blend. I usually end once the strawberries have turned into smaller chunks, so do not over-blend. Add coconut milk and maple syrup to strawberry chunks in blender. Blend well. Put in refrigerator to congeal/thicken slightly before adding to chocolate dessert.
Personally, I find this dessert works best when the partaker dabs as much strawberry topping as they desire. I usually cut into fourths and have the strawberry mixture on the side when serving. Enjoy!