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Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Looking for a sweet and healthy treat for a special someone? I have the perfect recipe for you: Vegan chocolate covered strawberries that are lower in calories with no added sugar. Plus, the homemade factor gets you major points!

These are also wonderful for any romantic occasion or as a gorgeous topper for cakes or cupcakes.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries no added sugar low sugar gluten free healthy recipe low calorie dessert Christy Brissette registered dietitian nutritionist 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Wondering about some of the health benefits of cocoa and chocolate?

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Chocolate is popular for a reason. It has been shown to boost levels of serotonin and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that improve mood and pleasure. No wonder it’s Valentine’s Day’s unofficial food!

Cocoa’s bitter taste comes from its flavanols, which research suggests may give chocolate its heart health benefits. Flavonols are types of antioxidants that help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. Gram for gram, cocoa is one of the highest food sources of antioxidants. Two tablespoons of cocoa powder have more antioxidant activity than 3 cups of green tea or 1 cup of blueberries.

Flavanols may help protect the heart and blood vessels. They reduce blood pressure, make blood platelets less likely to clot, and improve blood flow to the heart and brain, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Processing cocoa using methods such as fermentation and roasting reduces its bitterness but also causes some of the flavanols to be lost. To get the most flavanols, choose raw cacao or cocoa powder that has not undergone Dutch processing (adding ingredients to cocoa to reduce its acidity). Look for products that do not have “cocoa processed with alkali” on the ingredient label.

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Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries are the ultimate aphrodisiac. Nothing says romance like chocolate-dipped berries... especially when they're this healthy! Try this vegan version that's lower in calories and has no added sugar. Better than anything you could buy at a chocolate shop!
Servings 2
Calories 186 kcal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed

Instructions
 

  • In a small sauce pan, combine the first 4 ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Allow to cool and blend until smooth.
  • Cover a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Dip in the strawberries and place on the paper.
  • Store in the fridge to set. Cover with plastic wrap if not eating immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 448mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 9gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 139.4mgCalcium: 210mgIron: 2.9mg
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