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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chocolate-Nut Covered Strawberries

Though today's post looks like catering towards a valentines day treat, it is actually not. It is for the "iron rich foods" based theme of this week's blogging marathon. Believe it or not, dark chocolate with at least 70 cacao solids is a rich and an unexpected source of iron. Our body can absorb iron better in the presence of vitamin C, for example like citrus fruits. So this dark chocolate covered berries happen to be a good source of iron. I rolled them in crushed peanuts for an extra dose of iron. It can be substituted with other iron rich nuts like almonds, cashews, etc. Sweet, plump strawberries paired with chocolate and nuts is a delicious treat and a kid approved one at my home.

Ingredients:
About 4 - 5 oz of bitter chocolate, chopped
A pint of strawberries
1/4 cup of crushed nuts

Method:
* Wash the berries and pat them dry.
* Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water.Stir until chocolate is smooth. 
* Holding the berries by stem, dip them in the molten chocolate one by one, about 3/4th of the way to the stem.
* At this point if you prefer, roll them in crushed nuts.
* Place the berries stem side down on parchment paper lined plate or on a paper plate.
* Chill in refrigerator until hardened.

These go to the following events.
1. Blogging Marathon #41
2. Srivalli's "Kids' Delight", hosted this month by Kalyani with the theme "Iron rich recipes". 

Comments

11 comments:

Suja Ram said...

Wow...such a delightful treat for kids which is rich in Iron and hence healthy too!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

cool idea Suma, and this looks so beautiful, i had once dipped strawberries in white chocolate...with nuts , i like it even better

nandoos Kitchen said...

looks super yumm.. sure kids would love it..

Srivalli said...

Both the pictures are so amazing Suma..and lol on valentines treat..:)..enjoyed all your posts!..

Denny said...

Brilliant !A great way to sneak in iron into kids..while they are thinking they are eating chocolate covered fruit.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, those chocolate dipped strawberries are soo divine, love to have some.

vaishali sabnani said...

We love these coated strawberries and the pics..thry are awesome and want to pick it. Yum.

Pavani N said...

Those are so tempting and yummy treats and they happen to be good of us -- so who would say no to them.

Usha said...

I didn not know dark chocolate so rich in iron. I am going to eat it more often.. :) Another excuse to eat chocolate

Harini-Jaya R said...

These look sinful. My kids are after me to make these for a while. Now that the strawberry season is almost at the fag end, I should try some very soon.

Chef Mireille said...

thx for giving good reason for indulging in chocolate - this has always been one of my fave treats