Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Summer is such a beautiful thing, isn't it?  One of the greatest parts about summer is all the smells and tastes.  Everything is so fresh and crisp!  The strawberries are amazing right now.
We finished up with dinner a few nights back and wanted a light, simple dessert.  This is what I came up with.  It was a hit for us and hope it is for you too:)
 We eat with our eyes first.  This is a super pretty one, so you can almost anticipate it's greatness before the flavors burst in your mouth.



-fresh strawberries
-unsweetened coconut butter
-vanilla bean
-toppings: chopped dark chocolate, chopped unsweetened coconut, cocoa nibs, orange zest, chopped almonds or hazelnuts

Notice there are no ratios.  This will vary depending on how many strawberries used.

Rinse fresh strawberries thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.  Then melt coconut butter in the microwave or on a double boiler.  Be careful the coconut butter burns easily.  I would hate to see you waste any of that precious love.  You are looking for a creamy consistency when melted. Next add a pinch of vanilla bean to coconut butter and stir.  This will be the "dip" for the strawberries.
Above is a list of ideas to top your strawberries with.  Use any combination that sounds good to you. ( I used chopped dark chocolate and chopped unsweetened coconut.)  Gather chopped toppings of choice and set aside. Then "dip" strawberries in coconut butter/vanilla bean mixture. ( I actually frosted mine on with a knife to get an even application.)  Next sprinkle your toppings onto the coconut butter.  Lastly, refrigerate for about  30min. to allow coconut butter to harden.

ENJOY!  Eat Well & Be Happy:)

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