Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Butter Cups {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

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You guys know how much I love you right?!

Well, just in case you don’t know,  it’s a lot ❤️❤️❤️

So, with Valentines Day just a few days away I wanted to make you something a little extra special because, well . . . I just wanted to make sure you know how much I love and appreciate you

And nothing says love like homemade chocolates, right?

Especially ones that are filled a pretty pink strawberry coconut butter!

You guys . . .

These healthy, homemade dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups a seriously incredible!

FYI – They also happen to be naturally gluten free and paleo friendly and could easily be made vegan depending on what kind of chocolate chips you use but, most importantly, they are taste like an absolute dream!

They are decadent, rich and deliciously indulgent without being overly sweet.

A hint of tartness from our freeze dried strawberries combined with the slightly nutty, subtle sweetness of the coconut flakes cuts through the richness of the chocolate just perfectly.

They really are divine!

I think we can all agree that chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven and, these deliciously simple, healthy, homemade dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups . . .

are little slice of heaven right there in your hot little hand!

The strawberry coconut butter filling is like nothing I have ever tasted before.

It’s so different, in both taste and texture, from the nut butter filled cups we have made in the past.

The strawberry coconut butter filling isn’t ooey, gooey like it’s nut butter cousins. Once it’s set into it’s chocolate casing it solidifies a little so it’s much firmer.

The heartier, more solid center gives our dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups a nice contrast in texture which I really, really love.

Decadent and rich, deliciously indulgent, silky smooth, melt in the mouth dark chocolate encases an all natural, cool, crisp, subtly sweet, deliciously buttery, slightly crunchy pretty pink, strawberry coconut butter center.

And please don’t let the fact that we are making our own chocolate, complete with DIY strawberry coconut butter filling overwhelm or intimidate you. These dreamy little cups are seriously easy to make.

All you need to get in on this deliciousness is;

5 simple ingredients

10 minutes to put it all together (and yes that includes making your own coconut butter) and

5 minutes in the fridge or freezer to set.

You can totally do this, promise.

These delicious little morsels would make the perfect treat to make for your love (or even just your fine self) this Valentines day (or any day because, chocolate!!)

I mean would you just look at them . . .

So, so pretty (but not nearly as pretty as you😘😘😘)

All natural, quick and easy, deliciously indulgent, secretly healthy dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups;

Fun to make. Fun to eat. Fun to share with the ones you love.

Make them. Eat them. Love, love, love them.

Healthy, Homemade, Dark Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Butter Cups
{Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

Makes 10-12 Deliciously simple, seriously indulgent, dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups

Ingredients –

1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes

*  You could always use pre-made coconut butter in place of the coconut flakes if you prefer

1 cup of freeze dried strawberries

1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon of vanilla (or 4-6 drops of vanilla cream stevia – I like to use Sweet Leaf Stevia )

A pinch of salt

1/2 cup of good quality dark chocolate chips

Method –

1 – Melt chocolate by your preferred method. I like to do mine broiler style by placing my chocolate in a small bowl  over a pot of simmering water.

2 – Use a teaspoon to drizzle some melted chocolate into a chocolate mold (or can use mini paper or silicone cupcake/muffin cases if you prefer) and spread to coat evenly. Don’t use all your chocolate, remember you want to save about 1/4 of it to spread on top once our chocolate cups are filled.

3 – Place your chocolate cups in the fridge or freezer to set.

4 – Now onto the strawberry coconut butter filling;

Place your coconut flakes into your food processor or blender and process until relatively smooth (it will still look slightly coarse and have a little texture to it, that’s totally fine.)

5 – Add coconut oil and vanilla process to combine.

6 – Add your freeze dried strawberries (save a Tablespoon to crumble over the tops as garnish) and process until well combined.

Now, depending on how smooth you want your strawberry coconut butter to be will depend on how long you blend it for. The longer you blend the smoother your coconut butter will be. Keep in mind that it will firm up and solidify once they cool and set.

You may want to add a little extra coconut oil for a smoother/thinner coconut butter,  Mine wasn’t completely smooth and I really enjoyed it with a little bit of texture but feel free to make it to your liking.

6 – Now, take your chocolate cups out of the fridge or freezer (they should be nice and set by now), fill each chocolate cup with a heaping spoonful of your strawberry coconut butter, then use the back of your spoon carefully smooth out the top and firmly but gently press the filling down into the chocolate cups.

7 – Once all your cups are filled with their pretty pink strawberry coconut butter, top with a little extra chocolate, sprinkle over some freeze dried strawberry crumbles and place them back into the fridge (or freezer) to set.

These delicious little cups will keep well in the fridge for several weeks but can also be stored in the freezer for 3-6 months!

Enjoy xo

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Question of the day –

If and when you choose to indulge what’s your fave treat?

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make your dark chocolate strawberry coconut butter cups (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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5 Comments on Healthy, Homemade Dark Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Butter Cups {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

  1. Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    February 12, 2017 at 10:41 pm (6 months ago)

    These chocolate cups are leaving me speechless! This combo of strawbs, coconut and dark chocolate is EPIC!

    Reply
    • Emma
      February 13, 2017 at 1:11 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Bethany – it really is such a delicious combination!

      Reply
  2. Valentina | The Baking Fairy
    February 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm (6 months ago)

    These are so beautiful! I keep seeing recipes using freeze-dried strawberries and I think it’s a sign that I need to buy some 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Emma
      February 13, 2017 at 1:11 am (6 months ago)

      Yes, Valentina I think it must be a sign and these would be the perfect place to start using them too. So simple and so yummy!

      Do it 😉

      Reply

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