There’s no law says you have to do chocolate covered STRAWBERRIES for your honey on Valentine’s Day. Other berries will work, too! Today, I had big, plump blueberries in the fridge :).
This recipe makes a pretty big batch of the chocolate sauce, around 1¼ cups, so I’m providing the per teaspoon nutritional info. One teaspoon will definitely coat 1 blueberry, maybe even two. This recipe is suitable once you reach the berries level of Phase 2 Atkins or for Keto diets as well.
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Fresh blueberries (pick the biggest ones in the carton)
Half lemon, orange or apple for your serving “holder”
1 c. sugar free chocolate chips
1 square unsweetened baking chocolate
¼ c. melted butter
1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)
6 drops liquid Splenda or other liquid sweetener
DIRECTIONS: First, push a toothpick through the number of berries you want to make. Push through the stem scar but not quite all the way out the top. Lay them aside until the chocolate sauce is made. Set the lemon half on your serving plate and set aside also.
CHOCOLATE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat or use a makeshift double-boiler, where you put your saucepan down in a skillet of 1″ boiling water (that’s all a double boiler really is anyway). Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly in the hot melted oil/butter. Add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.
ASSEMBLY: Take each berry pick and dip the berry just deep enough into the chocolate sauce to coat the berry. Lift carefully straight up and let it drip, rolling to even the chocolate as evenly as you can get it. When it appears to be stopped dripping, carefully poke the berry pick into the lemon half. Repeat for all berries. It will take about ½ tsp. chocolate sauce to coat each berry. Refrigerate any leftover sauce for future use on more berries or for a chocolate shell coating for vanilla ice cream bars. Pop the plate into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes so the chocolate can harden. When the chocolate is hard to the touch, ENJOY! These should pretty much go from fridge to mouth or they will melt, so it’s not really a good party food to sit around for long on a buffet table.
VARIATIONS: Big fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks, or orange segments with outer skin/membrane removed.
NUTRITIONAL INFO (sauce only): Makes about 1¼ cups sauce (20 T.= 60 tsp.). Each tsp. should coat 1-2 berries. The berry will add another .2 net carbs. Each tsp. of sauce contains
1.79 g fat
.55 g carbs, .21 g fiber, .34 g NET CARBS (the blueberry adds .2 g net carbs, so one berry treat has .56 NET CARBS total)
.2 g protein