Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries
One of my favorite ways to have ripe strawberries is to dip them in melted chocolate. Luckily on the keto diet, we can enjoy sugar free chocolate covered strawberries - meaning no sugar added from the chocolate.
Keto chocolate covered strawberries are very easy to make and only require two ingredients - strawberries and sugar-free, keto approved chocolate. Dip your berries in the warm melted chocolate and let them cool. You can put designs on your chocolate using white chocolate dyed different colors.
Devour these coated strawberries on your own as a special treat. Or gift them to someone you love, like on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or a special Anniversary.
Keto Approved Chocolate
Since the keto diet is becoming more and more popular, there are low carb companies that are making sugar free, keto approved chocolates. Always check the label though to make sure they are low in carbs and sugar free or close to sugar free as possible.
My favorite keto chocolate company is ChocZero. For this sugar-free chocolate covered strawberry recipe, I used their line of chocolate baking chips. They have dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.
ChocZero melts easily in the microwave or using a double boiler. It is not only sugar free but also sugar alcohol free. Sometimes sugar alcohols can cause an upset stomach so this is a great option if you are trying to avoid them.
Another option is to buy a dark chocolate bar at the grocery store. Try to find one that is 85% cacao or higher. Dark chocolate bars tend to contain less sugar and carbs than milk chocolate.
Sugar Free White Chocolate
The make keto white chocolate covered strawberries you need to find a sugar free white chocolate. There are some recipes floating around the internet but keto white chocolate is a pain to make and frankly…it doesn’t taste that great.
I like to use a prepackaged keto white chocolate. Mostly out of convenience but also because of taste. The sugar free white chocolate I like to use is by ChocZero. They make keto approved white chocolate chips that are not only sugar free but sugar alcohol free. These chips melt easily in the microwave.
If you are using white chocolate, you can add a couple drops of food coloring to the chocolate in order to dip your strawberries in different colors.
Are Strawberries Keto?
Yes, strawberries are keto. Pretty much all berries are keto approved. Strawberries are a fruit that tend to be lower in natural sugars. Plus they are small so you can have a couple of nature’s fruit without going over your macros.
Strawberries have 8.7 net carbs per cup of halved berries. That’s a lot of berries to eat. Most people will have have that amount.
If you have having keto chocolate covered strawberries and only have a couple, you are getting about 1 net carb per large berry.
Should I Buy Organic Strawberries?
If at all possible, you should buy organic strawberries. Non-organic strawberries can be sprayed with up to 20 different pesticides. Organic berries tend to be more nutritious because organic farmers tend to the soils better.
When are Strawberries in Season?
Depending upon where in you live, most strawberries are in season beginning mid May to late June. Although most can find strawberries at the grocery store year round, the freshest, sweetest and juiciest strawberries are available during the peak of their season.
Strawberries prefer warm days and cool nights, which is why they grow the best on the West Coast - specifically California and Oregon. Both states have strawberry festivals to celebrate when the pump, juicy red fruit is in season.
How to Select the Best Strawberries
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to picking a sweet, ripe strawberry. What determines how sweet a strawberry is depends on how long it ripened on the berry plant. Strawberries also don’t continue to ripen after they are plucked like other fruits do.
The best way to check if a strawberry is ripe is to taste them. If you are shopping at a farmer’s market, you can probably taste the berries before you buy them. If you can’t taste the strawberries beforehand. Look for a vibrant red berry with green stems. If the berries look mushy or have brownish green stems, avoid those. They will not make the best keto chocolate covered strawberries. They are too ripe and will be mushy when you eat them too.
Keto Chocolate Covered Strawberries Storage
Since the chocolate can melt, it is recommended to store you sugar free chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator. They are okay left at room temperature for a few hours which is ideal if you are serving them at a party or giving them as a Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift.