Chocolate dirt pots with strawberries

Chocolate dirt pots with strawberries

Chocolate dirt pots with strawberries: –  gluten free, dairy free, grain free, refined sugar free, clean and paleo friendly.

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Spring is in the air.

 

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Hi everyone! Today is a special post for 2 reasons:

1) It’s Father’s day in Australia
2) It’s the first week of Spring

I love Spring for all that it signifies: New beginnings, warm days, seedlings sprouting, flowers blooming and baby animals, so today I wanted to share a recipe with you that showcases Spring.
The chocolate dirt was inspired by one of my food heroes, Heston Blumenthal’s chocolate soil recipe. I wanted to create an ultra healthy version of chocolate dirt that can be eaten any time of the day from breakfast to dessert. I’ve paired it with some fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce. Perfect to serve your dad for Father’s Day or any day for that matter. It would make a great no guilt dessert for when your friends come over for dinner too. The dirt is very simple and there’s no baking involved. It’s just a matter of mixing blanched almond flour (skinless ground almonds), toasted almond slivers (as the dirt “debris” which also adds some crunch to the dish) chia seeds, raw cacao powder, Himalayan salt, honey and coconut oil.
Strawberries are known essentially as a Summer fruit but in most parts of Australia including Sydney, strawberries are starting to pop up everywhere and as we all know, chocolate and strawberry is a great combo!

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I’ve used ramekins I found in a bargain variety shop that measure 10 cm in diameter and 33 cm in circumference but you can use normal bowls if you don’t have anything that resembles a pot.
When you’ve put everything together, you can garnish it with some fresh mint which you can then tear apart and mix in with the chocolate and strawberry. It adds a hit of freshness. If you find you have any chocolate soil left over, store it in the fridge and use it to sprinkle over other sweet dishes.

So with that being said:
I dedicate today’s recipe to my Dad – the eternal Green Thumb. Thank you for your unwavering support, encouragement and love. Happy Father’s Day. I love you. xxx

 

Ingredients I used

 

Now onto the instructions. Here’s what to do

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For the strawberry sauce, place 2 cups chopped strawberries in a small saucepan. Cover and simmer on low.

 

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After a while the strawberries will have broken down and become liquid. Now add your sweetener, lemon juice and vanilla and stir through.

 

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Remove from heat and allow to cool a little before placing in blender.

 

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For the dirt, mix together the honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract and then add to the dry chocolate mixture.

 

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Push into mixture with back of fork or spoon as you are mixing until you have your soil. This ensures the soil will be moistened yet stay relatively dry.

 

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To assemble the dish: Place 1 cup of sliced strawberries (sliced into 3rds) in each ramekin.

 

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Pour 1/4 cup of the strawberry sauce over the sliced strawberries.

 

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Sprinkle the dirt over the top and then insert a fresh stalk of mint.

 

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Yum – fresh strawberry sauce.

 

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Don’t forget to add in the mint.

 

Why this is so good for you

Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Pink Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body,  helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-vira, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Strawberries stimulate the burning of stored fat, lower inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, improve bone health, help prevent skin from sagging , help grow strong hair and nails, lower risk of macular degeneration, reduce the risk of stroke and helps prevent constipation.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I hope your day is special.

 

Chocolate dirt pots with strawberries

Yield: Serves 4

* You'll need 4 x 250 gram punnets (1 kilo) of strawberries to make 4 servings.

* If the dirt isn't sweet enough, add some more sweetener, however the dirt may be too wet. Just add some more almond flour, or add some tapioca flour, coconut flour or a nut flour to dry it out again.

* Test the final product before serving if you want to test for balance of sweetness.

Ingredients

    For the strawberry sauce
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (to brighten the flavour)
  • Sweetener of choice (amount will depend on how sweet your strawberries are)
  • For the chocolate dirt
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (ground skinless almonds)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, pan toasted (you can use other nuts here if you wish)
  • 6 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 4 tablespoons honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
  • Extras
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries - 1 cup per ramekin (I slice mine into thirds or quarters depending on how large they are)

Instructions

    For the strawberry sauce
  1. Place the strawberries in a small saucepan on low heat. Cover and simmer until strawberries have broken down. Stir through remaining ingredients.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a blender. Blitz. Set aside,
  3. For the chocolate dirt
  4. Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine wet ingredients and add to dry. Push the wet ingredients into the dry with the back of a spoon or fork as you are mixing. This will ensure the dirt will be moist enough but still look dry.
  5. Assembly
  6. Place sliced strawberries into each ramekin. Pour over 1/4 cup of the sauce. Top with the dirt (hiding the slivered almond "debris" underneath. Insert a stalk of mint into the middle.
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