I served paleo chocolate covered fruit several years ago at a party and it has become a favorite of mine and others. These are really quite easy to prepare and can be served as a dessert at your next gathering. They are always a hit, and a decadent way to meet your daily requirement of fruit on any version of the paleo diet you may be on! Try chocolate covered strawberries, cherries or any fruit.
Chocolate comes from cacao tree seeds. The cocoa bean, when fermented, gives us cocoa butter and solids, which are used for making dark chocolate. Cocoa butter is used for making white chocolate. If you’re on the paleo diet, you don’t have to eat chocolate with sugar or milk, as is popularly done since chocolate can be pretty bitter. Dark chocolate is actually healthy and full of minerals like manganese, iron, copper and magnesium as well as antioxidants. Hey, if it’s good for you, why not treat yourself? Especially when it’s served with fruit, as in this recipe.
Paleo Chocolate Covered Fruit
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed
- 8 ounces dried Turkish apricots
- 8 ounces medjool dates
- 8 ounces E. Guittard 72% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
- 8 ounces E. Guittard 38% Cacao Milk Chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and shortening over simmering, not boiling water. Be sure to stir well to fully incorporate the shortening.
- Keep the chocolate at a low heat and gently dip the fruit in the mixture.
- Place each piece on a piece of wax paper and transfer to the fridge for 30-60 minutes to set. You may have to re-warm the chocolate a few times as it starts to set.
Also, I don’t have a double boiler so I set up a large pyrex bowl over a pot with simmering water.
If you want to get more creative, try chopping up nuts or melting white chocolate for an extra bit of color and flavor. Substitute cherries, apples or other dried fruit. But really, what more do you need than chocolate and strawberries?