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Somewhere in between the person that loves fruit and loves chocolate, but doesn’t love them together, is the person who loves Coconut Butter Dipped Strawberries. That person is me, who for years has wanted to love chocolate dipped strawberries just like everyone else.
But time and again, the bitter/sweet combination made me squirm, similar to drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth. And white chocolate dipped strawberries…. well, all I can envision is that chalky “white candy coating” that was used to dip everything in circa 1995.
Coconut butter is not only a delicious ingredient, but has properties similar to chocolate in that it turns to liquid if warm enough, and solidifies as it cools.
It’s made from pureeing just one ingredient, dried coconut (I buy it, but you can make your own if you’d like), just like peanuts are pureed to make peanut butter. I fell in love with this creamy spread last year when I discovered that Coconut Butter Stuffed Dates taste like chewy, coconut caramels. Little nuggets with good-for-you benefits.
My inspiration for these non-chocolate dipped strawberries came a few weeks ago, actually by accident. I love to drizzle coconut butter on my oatmeal, which I had just topped with sliced strawberries. The coconut butter hit the cold strawberries and coated them solid, like magic shell does. Bingo. Instead of finishing my breakfast, I took out the carton of strawberries and went on a dipping frenzy to see if it would work.
It worked, amazingly well. And sooooo easy to make, just 3 ingredients – even less than The Friday Five ingredient theme! The coconut butter forms the perfect coat, and doesn’t get too hard, giving way to soft, juicy fruit. Not too sweet, and not a hint of bitterness – a lot like strawberries and cream.
Unlike chocolate, there’s no tempering, just setting the coconut butter jar in some warm water to melt if it’s solid. (In the summer, it will most likely be liquid already if you don’t have air conditioning, like me.) At first I wasn’t even going to add the pistachio dust (sounds fancy, but is just ground pistachios) because the red berries were gorgeous with that glossy white coat. But as they dry, the coconut butter does take on an uneven texture that doesn’t look as pretty. If you’re just eating them as a snack, not a big deal.
Not only do the pistachios hide those imperfections, but their bright green color pops with the red and white. And I particularly love the texture it adds. If you can’t tolerate nuts, ground pepita seeds would give you a similar green powder.
With strawberry season arriving as I type, I can’t wait to have these in my refrigerator all summer long.
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I’ve never been a big fan of fruit dipped in chocolate either, so this is absolutely perfect to me! I also love the bee pollen idea for these. Making these as soon as I pick up strawberries!
I love how simple and easy these are but utterly genius too! I can’t wait to get my hands on some coconut butter to try them!!
I love recipes like this that come about as happy accidents! And I can’t get enough strawberries right now…they’re all I’m craving fruit-wise! The pistachio dust is such a lovely idea too. xoxo
I’m on a fruit craze too! I’ve actually been using this method for other things too like raspberries, peaches… and it’s yummy.
Bee pollen would be yummy + pretty on these too! What a great/delicious idea Amanda! xoxo
oh my….. the bee pollen idea is genius. the gold would nearly sparkle!
I love the story of their invention! My sister is going on a restricted diet and I think these would be a good treat for her. I am not going on a special diet and just may need to try them myself!
What a special treat this is with so many possible variations. I love the dust idea and will be using that for sure. Thanks for being so creative!
aw, thanks Karen! isn’t it funny how one little ingredient can make such a beautiful presentation? hope you enjoy!
You don’t like chocolate covered strawberries. How. We can’t be friends anymore. -_-
NO I’M KIDDING AMANDA, hope we can still be chummy! XD anyhow, I’ve actually never had coconut butter (sue me on this one if you want to), so I’ll have to give this a try if you claim that this is better than chocolate dipped strawberries!
I know, I’m weird! ;) It’s probably the only time I will forgo chocolate. You have to try coconut butter… seriously drinkable. xo!
Gorgeous!!!! These flavors are so fresh and easy. Love it.
easy peasy, berrylicious. miss you!