Yesterday, Eric made me cry. We’ve never really been big on celebrating Valentine’s Day, but Eric asked what he could do to make this Valentine’s Day special for me. He said he knows how hard things have been lately, and that he really wanted to make sure I feel cherished and appreciated. I immediately burst into tears, because I SO needed to hear that.
We’re keeping it simple, sushi for lunch, and a movie. Just knowing he’s thinking of me and wants to spend time with me is all the special I need.
I am also whipping up a batch of these lovely Dark Chocolate Almond Strawberries to show my love for him. These strawberries are really beautiful, and a simple way to dress up the traditional chocolate covered strawberries that are so popular for Valentine’s Day.
I like to use leftover almond meal from making homemade almond milk, but you can also just chop some almonds by hand or in a food processor. Make sure that if you go the food processor route, only pulse the nuts a few times. Too long and you’ll end up with almond butter!
My littlest Valentine is getting strawberries too, but his are plain, and cut into little hearts.
Oh, he just melts my heart!
I made another adorable variety of chocolate dipped strawberries for SheKnows. Check out my Strawberry and Tomato Love Bugs for a fun sweet or savory Valentine’s snack for your kiddos.
Hope you and your family have a lovely Valentine’s Day. Hug someone you love!
- Serves: 4
- Serving size: 3 berries
- Calories: 126
- Fat: 6.08
- Saturated fat: 3.54
- Carbohydrates: 16.86
- Sugar: 12.13
- Sodium: 1.63
- Fiber: 1.79
- Protein: 1.25
- Cholesterol: 0
- 12 strawberries
- 2 ounces dark chocolate (I used 70%)
- ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
- pinch of kosher salt
- Rinse the strawberries and carefully pat them dry.
- Rough chop the chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted. It took 90 seconds total for me.
- Place the almonds in a small bowl and mix in the salt.
- Place a skewer or toothpick into the stem end of each strawberry. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate, and then the almonds.
- Stand strawberries up by poking the other end of the toothpick into something (I used a piece of styrofoam). You can also lay them on a parchment lined plate.
- Let sit at least 20 minutes to harden.
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes to both and vegan too. Just make sure you’re using dark chocolate and not milk chocolate to keep it dairy free and vegan.
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