Chocolate Filled Strawberries

Six chocolate filled strawberries displayed on a white plate.

These chocolate filled strawberries are a simple, refined sugar free treat for Valentine’s Day, date nights, or any other special occasion. They’re the perfect dairy free (and vegan) addition to any sweet table.

In addition to being refined sugar free and vegan, this fingerfood dessert is also gluten free, nut free, and paleo diet friendly. These would make a great school safe snack for kids to share with their class on Valentine’s Day.

These strawberries are stuffed with a simple mixture of dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Plus a little bit of water to help all the ingredients blend together nicely in a food processor or blender.

If you don’t need this dessert to be dairy free or vegan, you could replace the water with heavy cream for some extra richness and creaminess (or you could fill half of the strawberries with this refined sugar free whipped cream instead of the chocolate filling to offer your guests some variety).

Preparing The Chocolate Filled Strawberries

To prepare these vegan chocolate strawberries, start by slicing off the leaf side of the strawberry, creating a flat surface for your strawberries to sit on. Then slice off the tips of the strawberries.

Strawberries sliced on a cutting board.

Next you’ll hollow out each strawberry, creating a space to stuff as much of the chocolate filling as you can. I like to hollow out the strawberries using a paring knife, but if you have little kids helping (or you’re just not a fan of fiddling around with knives), you can use a mini melon baller instead.

Another option is to use a quarter teaspoon measuring spoon to hollow out the strawberries. I prefer the paring knife though as I find it’s the quickest and easiest method to prepare the chocolate filled strawberries.

Hollowed out strawberries on a cutting board.

Once your strawberries are prepped, use a piping bag (or plastic freezer bag with one corner snipped off) to pipe the chocolate filling into the strawberries. Then refrigerate them for up to twelve hours until you’re ready to serve them.

Can You Make These In Advance?

I find these chocolate stuffed strawberries are still tasty the next day, but they do taste fresher and the texture of the strawberries is firmer and more appealing if you serve them the same day you’ve prepared them. But feel free to prepare the chocolate filling a day or two in advance, then wait to cut and fill the strawberries until the same day you’ll be serving them.

If you want to fancy these chocolate filled strawberries up a bit, you can garnish each one with a fresh mint leaf for an elegant presentation (I forgot to! Next time).

For another easy vegan dessert, try these vegan pumpkin brownies. They’re sweet and chocolaty and made with simple, nutritious ingredients. Or this vegan chocolate avocado pudding is another plant based, refined sugar free dessert option that is sure to satisfy.

Six chocolate filled strawberries displayed on a white plate.
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Chocolate Filled Strawberries

These chocolate filled strawberries are an easy and delicious dessert fingerfood for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, paleo, valentine’s day, vegan
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 63kcal

Ingredients

  • 18 strawberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • Boiling water (for soaking the dates)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For the chocolate filling:

  • Place the dates in a bowl and pour enough boiling water over them to cover the dates completely.
  • Let the dates soak in the boiling water for 20 minutes (you can prepare the strawberries while the dates are soaking).
  • Drain the dates and discard the water.
  • Add the soaked dates, cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons of cold water, pinch of salt, and vanilla extract to a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth.

Preparing the strawberries:

  • Cut a slice off the leaf side of each strawberry, creating a flat surface so the strawberries can stay upright (see the picture in the blog post above).
  • Cut the tips off of each strawberry, then use a paring knife to hollow them out (see the picture in the post above).

Assembling the chocolate filled strawberries:

  • Fill a piping bag with the chocolate filling (alternatively you can use a plastic freezer bag and cut one corner off to create a makeshift piping bag).
  • Fill each strawberry with the chocolate filling.
  • Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • Makes 18 chocolate filled strawberries.

Notes

  • These can be assembled up to 12 hours in advance, but you can prepare the chocolate filling a day or two in advance.
  • Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg