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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Healthy Hearts {and Giveaway!}

chocolate strawberry hearts
February has a bad rap for being the time of year when New Year’s resolutions dwindle and Valentine’s Day chocolate is excessively consumed. But it doesn't have to be that way - I'm so excited to share a recipe that my kids (and everyone else) absolutely love. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts seem like such an indulgence, but they are actually guilt-free! Cacao is a superfood - packed with antioxidants and even protein - but turns into something unhealthy when sugar is poured into it. Here's how to make adorable and healthy chocolate covered strawberry hearts. 

strawberries
Start with a package of luscious berries. Larger berries work best here, but if you only have small ones, that's fine too - I'll share an alternate method later. Dole is looking to inspire Americans to eat more fruits and veggies in 2015, especially during Heart-Health Month. I love this mission and have teamed up with them here to provide a healthy alternative recipe to keep everyone on track and eating heart-smart! chocolate covered strawberries
Cut lengthwise slices of strawberry down the widest side of the berries. Use a 1 1/2" heart shaped cookie cutter to punch out hearts as shown in the photo above. Save the excess strawberry to add to a salad. My preschooler's favorite salad happens to be baby lettuces with strawberries and sunflower seeds. healthy chocolate strawberries
Melt some stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, or make your own sugar-free chocolate. Dip berries in the chocolate to coat, and refrigerate. These beauties are so healthy you can have as many as you want.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Healthy Hearts 

Ingredients: 
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Dole fresh strawberries 
  • 1 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips (available at most natural foods stores or online

Instructions: 
  1. Wash and dry strawberries. 
  2. Cut lengthwise slices of strawberry down the widest side of the berries. Use a 1 1/2" heart shaped cookie cutter to punch out heart shaped strawberries. Save the strawberry scraps to add to a salad. 
  3. Melt stevia-sweetened chocolate chips in a glass bowl at 30-second intervals, stirring between intervals, until just melted. Using a fork, dip hearts into the chocolate to coat. Place on wax paper or parchment paper and refrigerate. 

No Sugar Added Chocolate Recipe
If you don't have stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, you can make your own!
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, 9 drops liquid stevia (I use Trader Joe's), and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder. This chocolate will be very thin and you will probably need to dip your berries two or three times. The chocolate will thicken as it cools.


If you don't have a heart cookie cutter or your berries are small, don't worry. Here's another way to make strawberry hearts! All you need is a pack of toothpicks. Be sure to remove toothpicks before giving these to anyone, especially children. I'll let the pictures do the explaining... 



Dole is really hooking us up for a heart healthy Valentine's Day and sharing two more recipes. AND giving one of you an awesome prize pack! To save space in this post I'll send you over to their site for the recipes... 



GIVEAWAY TIME! 

Dole is giving one of my readers the following goodies: 
o   Dole Yoga Mat & Carrying Case
o   Dole Tumbler
o   Dole Headphones
o   (3) Dole Salad and (3) Dole Banana Coupons
o   Healthy Family Recipes” Cookbook by American Heart Association



This post was sponsored by Dole. All opinions, ideas, and recipe are mine. 
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