Nine More Months: Inside-out Chocolate Strawberries Recipe and Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway
       

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Inside-out Chocolate Strawberries Recipe and Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway

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Ever since I decided to try and remove processed food and refined sugars from our diet, I've had to find creative ways to still get in some of our favorite treats. Some of them are easy fixes, others I have to think a little harder about. One of my favorite treats, especially in the summer, is ice cold chocolate-covered strawberries. Unfortunately, the dark chocolate I used to use to dip the berries in is made with sugar, as is most chocolate.

Strawberries are so good for you, and the right kind of chocolate is chock full of antioxidants. I knew there had to be a healthier way to make my favorite treat. I began experimenting with recipes, some better than others, but I wasn't getting the right results. After quite a bit of trial and error, I realized the secret ingredient was something I had in my pantry all along. Coconut oil!


Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

I go through quite a bit of coconut oil each month. I use it to make my own deodorant, and as a household product. It's awesome for your skin and your hair, and can be used topically on scrapes and bruises. But the main way I use it is in cooking and baking. Under 75 degrees, it is in solid form, and can easily be used as a substitute for shortening, and to grease pans. Heat it up, and it's in liquid form, to use for baking, frying, etc. 

Chocolate is basically ground cacao beans mixed with fat, sweetener, and sometimes milk. I figured it couldn't be that hard, so I decided to try my luck. I started with a heaping 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, because that's all I had. A raw organic cacao powder would be the most nutritionally beneficial, if you have it. It's on my grocery list. 


To it I added my liquified coconut oil, one Tablespoon at a time. It was hot enough that day, that my oil was already in liquid form, but normally you would need to heat it up just slightly. It ended up being 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Next I sweetened it with some powdered stevia extract. I used the tiny scooper that comes with it. Just two scoops was plenty. Give it a good stirring and you have your chocolate! I dipped a couple of strawberries in, and they were great!



But I knew they could be better. The chocolate was thin, and it was going to take a lot of those to curb my craving. Plus, I always manage to get it on my nose when I eat them, and the kids are even messier that me. I wanted something that I could be a little more graceful while eating. So I hulled a few more strawberries, set them all standing up in a container, and filled them with the chocolate. 


The chocolate started to harden up pretty quickly, but I popped them in the fridge for a little while just to make sure. After about 20 minutes, it was time to try my creation. 


Success! Yummy yummy yummy success.

Recipe Recap:
Inside-out Chocolate Strawberries
Ingredients:
Heaping 1/2c cocoa/cacao powder
1/4c coconut oil (warmed up)
Stevia to taste (or sweetener of your choice)
Strawberries, hulled

Mix cocoa, coconut oil and sweetener together, spoon into hollowed-out strawberries. Refrigerate before eating.

And I have a giveaway for you too! Scroll down to for entry options.

Win 1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:



Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the  advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Disclaimer: I was given a free 32oz jar of coconut oil to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.


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