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Have you been strawberry picking and looking for a fun and pretty way to serve those fresh berries? Why not pair them with some delicious keto dark chocolate?
We Love Strawberry Picking!
When strawberry season hits and we get out there for some old-fashioned fun with strawberry picking, we always have a great time. It's like a treasure hunt looking for the berries that are just perfectly ripened, have great color, and of course we taste a few here and there.
Thankfully, berries are lower in carbs than many other fruits such as bananas and grapes so we like to enjoy them especially when in season.
Even when not in season, we enjoy berries that are frozen immediately after picking to retain nutrients so we can eat them year-round.
Berries have so many health benefits too! However, with strawberries, it is important to do your strawberry picking at organic farms if possible.
They are on the list of EWG"s dirty fruits meaning they are known to have several pesticides on them when not grown organically.
Keto Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is one of my favorite food groups (yes, to me it is a food group). Dark chocolate is my go too and has major health benefits if eaten in moderation (which I still need to work on :P). Dark chocolate (over 70%) is high in antioxidants which neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals are unbalance compounds that can damage the body. Dark chocolate is high in flavanols (a type of antioxidant) that has been shown to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart and brain.
The polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) helps control cholesterol. Furthermore, a small amount of dark chocolate also helps keep blood sugar under control.
We used super dark chocolate to keep it more keto friendly, but you may prefer a somewhat lighter one if you are not the black coffee type. The high test chocolate is a little bitter.
This super oil is known for its many health benefits as well. It has medium chain triglycerides which actually can help you boost ketosis for you.
Not only that, but it is also antifungal and antibacterial in nature. It is solid at room temperature like chocolate but melts nicely and offers a smooth texture as we mentioned before; making it the perfect choice for this healthy recipe.
As you can see in this picture, this recipe is really very simple. There are literally only 3 ingredients. Of course, the berries, the dark chocolate, and the coconut oil.
The coconut oil has that great sweet coconut flavor and when you melt it in with the chocolate it really helps cut the bitterness of the dark chocolate.
Not only that but it helps give the chocolate drizzle such a nice creamy texture when it melts in your mouth!
Cleaning the Berries
For starters, you will want to clean the berries well and make sure they are dried. Some people like to use a diluted vinegar solution to clean their produce.
I personally just wash ours with water and let them dry or pat with paper towels if I am in a hurry.
Youll want to choose your biggest, best looking ones and leave the stems on. This leave that pretty green color and make them easy to grab and eat.
Lay them out on some parchment or waxed paper in rows as shown above.
Next, it's just a matter of tossing the keto dark chocolate in a special chocolate melting pot or double boiler and adding the coconut oil.
Then warm it up, ever so slowly so as not to burn it.
It should like kind of like chocolate syrup and be liquefied enough to allow easy drizzling.
It's up to you how you drizzle your berries really. Some people like to make sure it's all even and pretty and others like a more random drizzling technique.
Either way you are bound to end up with a beautiful display of keto fruit that everyone can enjoy.
Don't these look amazing already?
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour so the chocolate and coconut oil harden over the berries and serve while still cold.
If there are any left store in the fridge (I doubt you will have any to store if you make 12-they go very quickly because they are just so good!)
All that's left now is to serve these babies!
Low Carb Dark Chocolate Strawberries
Enjoy these cool and refreshing keto treats without guilt!
- 12 strawberries rinsed and dried
- ½ cup 70-90% dark chocolate
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Pour dark chocolate chips into cooking pan and cook on low heat with 2 Tbsp coconut oil.
- Cook until smooth and melted. This may take 5 minutes.
- Place rinsed and dried strawberries on a cooking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over strawberries.
- Place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to chill and set.
Estimated Nutrition Info for 1 Keto Dark Chocolate Berries:
If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like the keto cheesecake recipe we recently posted as well.