Easy vegan chocolate covered strawberries made with three ingredients; dairy-free chocolate chips, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries.
Homemade chocolate covered strawberries are one of the easiest desserts, yet taste incredibly divine and luxurious; perfect for a vegan valentine!
This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free but no one would ever guess. Using semi-sweet chocolate chips results in a creamy milk chocolate flavor that pairs wonderfully with the juicy sweetness of strawberries.
Head to the recipe to get started, or keep reading for tips and tricks on how to make the best vegan chocolate covered strawberries.
If you love chocolate be sure to check out these recipes too;
- Easy Mini Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- Easy Vegan Peppermint Bark
- Vegan Trail Mix with Chocolate
- S'mores Granola (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
FAQs about chocolate covered strawberries
Semi-sweet chocolate is my favorite, but dark or vegan white chocolate are also great options.
Enjoy life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips is the best vegan chocolate to use for coating the strawberries. They frequently go on sale at Whole Foods, so keep an eye out for them!
Yes, add vegan chocolate to a microwave safe bowl or double broiler to melt with a bit of coconut oil to prevent the chocolate from burning or clumping together. Stir frequently.
Chocolate will not stick if the strawberries have any water on them. The key to great chocolate covered strawberries is drying the strawberries extremely well before dipping into melted chocolate. Use a dish cloth or paper towel and dry each individually before dunking it into the melted chocolate.
The strawberries are being dipped into warm chocolate, so room temperature is best. If they're very cold, this will result in the chocolate chilling too quickly, resulting in a less smooth appearance and it will be tricky to add toppings (if you're using them).
Yes, the greens should be kept on the strawberries as they are what you hold onto when dipping into the melted chocolate.
I prefer them refrigerated, but they can be frozen and then placed in the fridge to de-thaw. It's important to leave them uncovered when refrigerating them, as storing them in a container results in the strawberries "sweating", creating unwanted moisture and sogginess.
Drizzle them with additional melted chocolate, or top them with nuts, seeds, or sprinkles! Check out the topping section of the blog post below for more ideas.
Dairy-free chocolate covered strawberry ingredients
- Fresh strawberries
- Dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Coconut oil (refined or unrefined both work, use refined for 0 coconut flavor)
How to make easy vegan chocolate covered strawberries
- First, wash and dry strawberries well. Strawberries must be dry before dipping into chocolate.
2. Next, melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or in a microwave safe glass.
3. Then, dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate. Top tip: gently scrape one side of the berry against the glass to prevent the chocolate from pooling when placed onto the parchment paper.
4. Finally, place the dipped strawberries into the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes, or until the chocolate fully hardens.
For the full recipe and detailed step-by-step instructions, head to the recipe card below.
Tips for recipe success
- Fresh strawberries: use fresh, crisp strawberries for the best results.
- Dry strawberries: it is vital to dry strawberries well. After washing them, dry them well with a dish cloth. Grab another dish cloth and dry each strawberry separately before dipping into the melted chocolate.
- Stir chocolate: as you melt the chocolate, be sure to stir every 30 seconds for the first minute and every 15-20 seconds after that. This prevents the chocolate from burning and ensure even melting.
- Remove excess chocolate: to prevent the chocolate from pooling, gently scrape one side of the strawberry on the glass as you remove the berry from the melted chocolate.
Toppings for chocolate dipped strawberries
These vegan chocolate covered strawberries are delicious as is, but if you're looking to spice them up, try out some of these topping ideas;
- Drizzle of melted vegan white chocolate (Enjoy Life, Pascha, or Sjakks)
- Shredded vegan white chocolate
- Peanut butter (for best results, mix a tablespoon or more into the melted chocolate)
- Coconut shreds
- Finely crushed pistachios, peanuts, or other nut of choice
- Sea salt
- Vegan sprinkles (Whole Foods or Supernatural)
- Hemp seeds / hemp hearts
Storing vegan chocolate covered strawberries
After chilling, the strawberries will last for a few hours at room temperature (depending on your climate/house temperature).
Store chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge, uncovered for up to two days.
Do not cover chocolate covered strawberries when storing. Strawberries are naturally high in water. As a result, the strawberries will "sweat" and create unwanted moisture (AKA soggy strawberries).
Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- microwave safe glass or bowl
- parchment paper + baking sheet
- 16 oz container of fresh strawberries (~20 strawberries)
- ¾ cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (unrefined or refined)
- Prep: Wash the strawberries and then dry them very well (this ensures the chocolate sticks to the strawberries). Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate: add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe glass. Add to the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, checking and stirring every 30 seconds.*to prevent burning, check every 10-15 seconds for the last 30 seconds.
- Dip: dry each strawberry again with a dish cloth or paper towel before holding onto the green leaves and dipping each into the melted chocolate. As you remove the berry, gently scrape the backside of the strawberry to remove excess chocolate (this prevents a pool of chocolate from forming). Place directly onto the parchment paper. Adding toppings? Place desired topping on to a plate and roll the dipped strawberry in the topping until coated. Alternatively, sprinkle dipped strawberry with desired topping immediately after placing onto the parchment paper. Check out the blog post for topping ideas.
- Chill: place in fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened. Remove and enjoy!
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