Recipes, Seasonal
Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my absolute favorite treats!  Not only for Valentine’s Day but really any time of the year.  And I have a pretty good idea that you may also love a deliciously dipped strawberry into sweet dark chocolate with fun different toppings sprinkled on top!  So, of course, I wanted to share How to Easily Make Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries with the Prettiest Toppings just in time for this love-inspired holiday. Not only are they delicious, they are simple to make and much healthier than the chocolate strawberries you buy at the store or bakery. 

Chocolate strawberry with cashews Chocolate covered strawberries with dried rose petals Chocolate covered strawberry with candied ginger

I have two different recipes for you to choose from, both are vegan, dairy-free and great options.  One is a bit easier I would say than the other, and the other one you’re making your own superfood chocolate!  The choice is yours – you can’t go wrong with either one!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries with toppings

Recipe One

(easier option in my opinion; plus the chocolate remains smoother)

Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Crushed raw cashews
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips
  • Organic pastel sprinkles (purchased at Whole Foods)
  • Pomegranate powder
  • Dried culinary + edible rose petals (you can find at a local spice shop or order online)
  • Peanut Butter (sugar and oil free)
  • Candied ginger pieces

Directions:

  1. Wash strawberries and allow to thoroughly dry before dipping.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate over the stove until it becomes a smooth consistency.
  3. Stir often.
  4. Add in sea salt and cinnamon and stir well.
  5. Remove pot to another burner, and begin dipping your strawberries.
  6. Make sure to add your toppings quickly as the chocolate will begin to harden.
  7. I listed all the different toppings I used, but feel free to use any that sound fun to you!
  8. Place dipped strawberries on a cutting board (make sure will fit nicely in the fridge) with parchment paper on top and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!  And share with your loved one or sweet friends and family!
Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries Chocolate Covered Strawberry with Pomegranate Powder

Recipe Two

(instead of melting chocolate chips, you’re making your own superfood chocolate!)
Homemade and Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Toppings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • optional: 1 tbsp Madagascar Vanilla Bean ghee butter (from Fourth & Heart)

Toppings:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Crushed raw cashews
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips
  • Organic pastel sprinkles (purchased at Whole Foods)
  • Pomegranate powder
  • Dried culinary + edible rose petals (you can find at a local spice shop or order online)
  • Peanut Butter (sugar and oil free)
  • Candied ginger pieces

Directions:

  1. Wash strawberries and allow to thoroughly dry before dipping.
  2. Over medium heat, melt coconut oil.
  3. Stir in the cacao powder, syrup, vanilla, sea salt and ghee.
  4. Continue stirring until all combined into a nice chocolate consistency.
  5. Remove pot to another burner, and begin dipping your strawberries.
  6. Add a variety of your favorite toppings.
  7. Place dipped strawberries on a cutting board (make sure will fit nicely in the fridge) with parchment paper on top and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!  And share with your loved one or sweet friends and family!
Hope you have the sweetest Valentine’s Day! Lots of love!
xoxo signature-silver
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Recipes, Seasonal
Pumpkin flavored everything all day, every day.  It’s one of the best things about fall!  Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies, and now Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts! Who doesn’t love pumpkin, donuts and anything mini?  

These donuts are not only cute, delicious and full of fall flavor, they are also gluten-free and dairy-free making them allergy-friendly.  Not to mention they are made with healthier ingredients and are refined sugar free.  No post-donut guilt here!  Plus, we can’t forget about the dark chocolate drizzle on top!  So yum! 

Detail photo of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts

They are super easy to make, we promise you can make them in a snap! (must see video for reference;) These are perfect to make on a fall Sunday morning to enjoy with a cup of coffee, bring to a holiday dinner or party, or to make as a sweet surprise for a sweet friend. Also, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, making them a fun Thanksgiving breakfast option or a tasty treat to enjoy over the long holiday weekend! I collaborated with an oh-so-talented friend of mine, Peyton Frank, to create a video for this recipe.  Here’s our fun video on how to make these Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts!  (Make sure to watch until the end!  It’s the best part!)

Gluten-free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Kara Stout from Peyton Anne Frank.

Makes 42 mini donuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 15oz can organic pumpkin
  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2½ tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts Cinnamon and pumpkin for Mini Pumpkin Donuts Almond flour with gold measuring spoon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt, and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs.
  4. Add almond milk, whisked eggs, melted coconut oil, and pumpkin to dry ingredients, and mix well until completely combined.
  5. Grease each mold in mini donut pan with coconut oil.
  6. Add dough to each donut mold.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Oven times may vary.  Do the clean toothpick test to make sure they are done.
  8. While donuts are cooling, melt chocolate chips using a double boiler or a makeshift double boiler (just a small saucepan filled about halfway with water and a heat-safe glass bowl on top.) First, bring water to a boil, turn down to a simmer, place glass bowl on top, add chocolate chips to bowl and stir while chips are melting so it becomes a smooth consistency.
  9. Drizzle melted chocolate on donuts.
  10. Enjoy right away or place in the fridge to harden chocolate.
  11. Store in airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. They taste awesome right out of the fridge too with the hardened chocolate!
Baked Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts in baking pan
Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts in baking pan with orange and white pumpins Closeup of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with chocolate Detail of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with chocolate drizzle
Video by: Peyton Frank
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Lifestyle, Recipes
May is my favorite month! It always has been. Probably because it’s my birthday month…well, honestly, it is because it’s my birthday month;) but I also love the spring weather, flowers, and how the warmer temps and sunshine bring excitement and happy moods.

Hi May spelled out with fruit

I’ve been wanting to share a fun, simple picnic on the blog, plus I’ve been wanting a new picnic basket and blanket, so I stopped by Target and purchased my new picnic essentials as a birthday gift to myself {yes, I did!}. Obsessed with my new little basket and blanket.  I linked all of my picnic items plus some additional cute options at the end of this post for you! 

Picnic basket with sunflowers Pug and Picnic basket with sundlowers
What could be better than a Picnic with Mini Donuts & Strawberry Mimosas? I think not a whole lot! And what makes it even better is that there should be no guilt whatsoever when enjoying these! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, flourless, and made with my favorite natural baking sugar, coconut sugar. Also, you could call them superfood donuts because they are made with cacao powder, an antioxidant packed superfood. I threw this birthday picnic to enjoy with my hubs and little pug, Scarlett, and also to share with you for an easy spring entertaining idea! You could throw a donuts and champagne picnic for some girlfriends, enjoy with your love and dog like I did, or you could grab a good book and have some great alone time sippin’ on mimosas and eating healthy donuts!

Mini Donuts with sprinkles photo Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cake stand

Mini Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

Makes 30 mini donuts

Donut Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1 organic, free-range egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup coconut milk {organic, unsweetened full-fat version in can, usually in baking aisle or Asian food aisle}
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips {I like the Enjoy Life brand}
  • Coconut oil for greasing mini donut pan

Chocolate Icing Ingredients:


Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cooling rack

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, flaxseed, cinnamon and sea salt in mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine coconut milk, egg and vanilla and whisk together.
  4. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Grease your mini donut pan with plenty of coconut oil.
  7. Spoon dough into each donut mold.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  9. While donuts are cooling, make your chocolate icing.
  10. Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler.
  11. Drizzle melted chocolate over donuts.
  12. Top with sprinkles, pop the champs and enjoy!
Note: Keep donuts refrigerated in an airtight container.

Strawberry mimosas and Mini Donuts with sprinkles Detail photo of Mini Donuts with sprinkles

Strawberry Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cartons of organic strawberries
  • Your favorite champagne

Strawberry Mimosas with champagne bottle

Directions:

  1. Juice strawberries in your juicer.
  2. Pour ½ strawberry juice and ½ champagne {or whatever your preference!}.
  3. That’s it! Cheers!
 Candid photo of picnic basket, donuts and champagne

Here’s to mini chocolate donuts, pastel sprinkles + strawberry mimosas!
xoxo signature-silver

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