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Over the last two days I have been working on a raw Almond Strawberry Sandwich Cookie recipe. Want a sneak peak?

cookiesThis morning I was finishing the cookies off by drizzling dark chocolate over the tops when I found myself with extra chocolate and a few strawberries. I dipped a strawberry into the chocolate, excited by this potential discover, only to find the chocolate too thin. But the wheels in my cluttered head were turning, so before the chocolate had dried I was layering up Eden and heading out the door for more strawberries.

My second attempt was delicious. And just in time for Valentines Days, these deliciously raw strawberries will win over just about anybody’s heart.

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Raw Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
makes about 16

Dark Chocolate

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1 1/2 – 2 tbsp raw agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

White Chocolate

2 tbsp cashews, soaked 2-4 hours
1/4 cup raw cacao or coconut butter, melted
2 tbsp raw agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla

1 16oz container of strawberries

 

Wash and rinse the strawberries and set aside to dry. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dark chocolate until thick and smooth. Pour chocolate into a narrow, deep dish or glass. Dip strawberries into the chocolate allowing excess chocolate to drip off before placing on parchment paper. Repeat with all the strawberries.

Place strawberries in refrigerator and allow chocolate to set up for at least 1 hour.

To make the white chocolate, blend together cashews, agave, and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender until completely smooth. With the motor running, add cocoa buter to cashew mixture. Blend until combined.

Fill a paper piping cone (or a ziplock bag with the tip cut off) with white chocolate and drizzle over the chilled strawberries. Return to refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

Store in refrigerator for up 3 days.

* depending on your blender you may need to double the white chocolate batch to process fully
* there will be left over dark chocolate, but is that really a problem? 

 

Have you started any Valentine’s Day baking? Do you have any special traditions for the holiday?

I have worked every Valentine’s Day since I can remember (a very busy holiday for bakeries) and thus have a front row seat into other people’s traditions.

Perhaps this year I will start a tradition of my own…

 

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