So Valentines day is in T-24 hours and you dropped the ball. Your sig other is probably not going to be real pleased when you show up with a grocery store bouquet and a clamshell package of chocolate covered strawberries. It's just so...unthoughtful.
Relax, I'm not judging. In fact, I'm here to save you. With dark chocolate-covered-strawberry-brownies that look like a lot of work, and taste like a lot of work, but are actually not a lot of work at all. In fact, you can throw these together in under 20 minutes. And you can be like, "babe, these are grain free and don't have any refined sugar, just the way you like them!"
Let's actually talk about chocolate covered strawberries. They've somehow become the universal food of Valentines day. And anniversaries, and for all the "romantic" days where you're supposed to pull out all the stops, for that matter - but can we be real? They're a pain in the ass. Biting face-first into a golf-ball sized fruit (covered in a shell that will almost certainly drop into your lap) means a face full of chocolate, strawberry chunks stuck in your teeth, and stains on your jeans because I know whenever I eat something chocolate and I'm sitting down and it crumbles, it somehow gets under my butt and all over the back of my pants and then I spend a day walking around in public without realizing it. Ugh. What's sexy about any of that?
These brownies, on the other hand, are pretty sexy. The brownie itself serves as a much neater little vehicle to transport chopped organic strawberries drizzled in dark chocolate, all the way to your mouth (maybe keep a hand underneath in case of minor spillage). Also, they significantly increase the chocolate to fruit ratio, which is obviously important.
Here are your Valentines day marching orders: Dial in a Sugarfish to-go order and put it on some real plates. Download a generous Bloomingdales gift card, stuff it in an envelope alongside a relatively thoughtful note. Make a plate of these brownies. Consider your ass saved. Single AF? Treat yourself to the same gifts - you deserve it. Now put in your Instacart order for the ingredients below, and get on it, slacker!
PS: you can use my favorite original brownie recipe, which can be found under "recipes" on the sidebar, or this quick + easy slight adaptation of WellPlated.com's Paleo brownies (they're so good).
- 1 cup cashew butter (you can use any nut butter, but cashew has the most neutral taste IMO)
- 5 tbsp cacao or organic cocoa powder
- 5 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup extra dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped into little squares
Ingredients: Chocolate Strawberry Coating
- 3/4 cups extra dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp cashew butter
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Make your brownies: preheat oven to 350. Line a 8" square baking dish with parchment paper, and let it hang over the two sides. Coat the crap out of the other 2 exposed sides with coconut oil, or the brownies will stick.
- In a bowl or mixer, combine the cashew butter, cacao powder, coconut sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and honey/syrup. Let sit for a few minutes, then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Press the batter into the prepared baking dish, and press it down with your hands (or whatever) to flatten it out evenly.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the top just slightly begins to puff.
- Let it cool (expedite by putting this in the freezer, but keep an eye on it).
- Meanwhile, chop your strawberries. Once brownies are completely cooled, make your frosting.
- Melt together everything but the vanilla on LOW heat, stirring constantly. If you want to thin this out a little bit, you can add a splash of any kind of milk, or slightly increase the amount of coconut oil.
- "Frost" the brownies with the melted chocolate (spoon or blunt knife works fine), cover in the chopped strawberries, and drizzle the remaining chocolate on top. Try to make it somewhat pretty- remember, this is a redemption gift.
- Cover Put the whole pan back in the fridge - these are best eaten cold.