A Valentine's Day Treat

The only thing I have to say is that I've changed my mind about strawberries and chocolate. The two just never tasted "right" together until I found this recipe. I think the problem I had with strawberries and chocolate was that the chocolate didn't fit the strawberries. It tasted, I guess , artificial?

Well, since I've been eating solely grain free, I found a couple of recipes and put this together because I thought it was time that I had a special treat. (Today is Valentine's Day and everyone is eating sweets.) Well, I substituted honey for all sugar. Such a better choice for me. Sugar zaps all of my energy.

I made the cupcake using this recipe I found at www.savorylotus.com. And the chocolate fudge sauce is one of Danielle Walker's. It's found on page 288 of Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great (currently on sale) and uses dates to sweeten the sauce (and I added a little extra honey). Her website is www.againstallgrain.com - it's fabulous and so is her book. If you are a friend of mine, just ask me and I will let you take a peak at my "Against All Grain" cookbook. You will definitely want to get yourself a copy once you see it.

Well, here is the photo that I took of my creation. Earlier today I did make the strawberry chia jam listed on www.savorylotus.com, but it's not on the one in this photo and I didn't include the rosewater, but substituted my homemade vanilla extract. Also, if you want a creamy frosting or whipped cream you will find non-dairy versions in Danielle's book.

Oh, back to strawberries and chocolate. This fudge sauce is WONDERFUL and a SUPERB match for strawberries. Ideally you will need a Vitamix to get the best smooth texture (or you might end up with chunky dates in your sauce).