In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing two recipes with you today. These recipes are so incredibly easy to make. Not to mention, they are delicious and look like you’ve really put in some effort, when in fact, you only took some minutes to complete these.
I decided on these specific treats because Valentine’s Day sort of crept up on me this year, completely forgot about it, and so had nothing prepared. These recipes require very little preparation, which is exactly what I was needing, and they use the same ingredients! Which is also perfectly convenient.
So with last minute in mind, these recipes were born. The first being Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.
Now, each time I see a chocolate-covered strawberry, I can’t help but think of Valentine’s Day. I find a chocolate-covered strawberry so beautiful and such a sweet way of letting someone know they are special to you. I also love that they can be coated and designed in so many different ways – dark chocolate, white chocolate, sprinkles, nuts – I mean the list just goes on.
I had some white and dark chocolate chips at home so decided on those types of chocolate, with a topping of coconut and almonds…yummmmmm. But as I mentioned above, you can really make these with any chocolate and toppings that you like. I know, the freedom is incredible!
To make these, I made my own double boiler, by placing a heat safe bowl over top a sauce pan. You have to make sure your bowl fits the sauce pan, and no heat can escape. You add some water into the sauce pan, just under halfway, be sure your bowl cannot touch the water. Over low heat, boil the water, then place your chocolate chips in your bowl (one bowl for white chocolate, another for dark chocolate) and stir until chocolate has melted.
Then, you’re dipping your strawberries into your chocolate to coat them. I also decided on using a fork to dress my strawberries by drizzling some white chocolate over top the dark and vice versa. Finally, they were topped off with some coconut and almonds. Super easy, and such a lovely presentation.
- 20 strawberries, rinsed and gently dried on paper towels
- 1 cup pure white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (50% cacao)
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut, medium desiccated (optional)
- ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped (optional)
- Using a double-boiler, place two heat safe bowls over-top two saucepans. Be sure bowls are the right size, in order for no heat to escape. Add water to saucepans (be sure bowl does not touch water) and bring to a boil. Place dark and white chocolate chips separately into the bowls and melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
- Dip each strawberry into melted chocolate (half of the strawberries in the white and half in the dark), allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined tray.
- Optional: Place coconut and almonds in two separate shallow dishes and roll strawberries for topping as you go
- Optional: Dip a fork into chocolate and drizzle onto strawberry for a pretty finish
- Refrigerate (uncovered until chocolate firms), then covered until ready to serve.
Next, I decided on making a no-bake chocolate oatmeal truffle, because I also had some rolled oats at home. These turned out lovely as well and couldn’t be easier to make. All you’re doing is combining all your ingredients together and refrigerating for at least one hour. And ta-da! You are done.
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Truffles
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 ounces dark chocolate chips (50% cacao), melted
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, medium desiccated (optional)
In a large bowl, combine butter and salt and beat until combined. Add chocolate and continue beating until combined.
Using a food processor, pulse oats until chopped. Add oats to chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Once chilled, scoop out 1 teaspoon size portions of the mixture and roll into balls. Place balls onto waxed paper-lined tray
Optional: Place coconut and almonds into two shallow dishes and roll balls into them for topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebugs! Thanks so much for stopping by. <3
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