Chocolate Dipped Strawbellies

Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries (except for maybe a sip-o-champagne to go with it...hint hint).
Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries (except for maybe a sip-o-champagne to go with it...hint hint).

Guess who's on a chocolatey fruit rampage...Me! I'm almost a little sorry that I found out that melting chocolate is so easy and delicious. Almost. That being said, this is truly one of the fastest and most rewarding desserts, that requires minimal effort, that I know of.

Ingredients:

1 container of fresh, organic strawberries (I MEAN IT! ORGANIC OR DON'T DO IT... Strawberries are high atop the list of the pesticide-laden "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies list)
1 bar organic, fair trade, dark chocolate, broken into pieces (at least 70% cacao) *Optional: 1 drop doTerra lavender, tangerine, or wild orange essential oil to kick it up a notch

Method:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and dry the berries. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over a VERY low heat. Turn off the heat when the chocolate is perfectly melted.

*Optional: add the drop or two of essential oil. Hold the berry by its stem and gently roll in the chocolate until it is evenly coated.

Place the berry on the parchment. Repeat with the rest of the berries. Place the berry tray in the fridge for at least 10-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Strawberries: These precious berries are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients which help boost our immune function and decrease unwanted inflammation in the body. They are also great for regulating blood sugar and are off the charts with Vitamin C content, but also abound with dietary fiber, folate, and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lavender Essential Oil: Known as the “mother of all oils” for its sedative, mood modulating, analgesic (reduces pain), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also great for digestion, and has a calming and soothing effect. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Tangerine Essential Oil: DoTerra’s Tangerine Essential oil is an extremely powerful blood purifying agent, digestive aid, anti-septic, and relaxant. It can help improve blood circulation, and reduces internal inflammation. The neurological benefits abound as well. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.