strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Strawberry Crunch White Chocolate Bar

Okay. If you’ve been religiously reading this blog for the past two months or so, first, let me say thank you, because it’s nice having someone other my mum reading what I write. Secondly, you probably know by now that I’ve been really into white chocolate lately.

Like, really, really into it. Quite as much as I’m into GoT, which is to say: hella lot.

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Also, if you’ve ever gone to a health store of some kind… you know that dairy free white chocolate is expensive. So expensive. Is it white chocolate or gold in bar form we’re talking about!!!! Not fair. No bueno for my broke student budget. Still muy bueno for the soul.


Can’t help it. White chocolate goes brilliantly with anything strawberry flavoured, which I’m also so into. It’s a good thing that strawberries are that cheap this time of the year, because I’ve been eating tons and I mean literal tons of them.

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Thankfully, they’re healthy too. Would you guys ever think about what would happen to us if fruit and veggies were unhealthy? I’d rather be dead rather than giving up lettuce. And YES I do realise how stupid that sounds but have you actually tried fresh butter lettuce??? Straight from the farmer’s market??? You can’t say you’ve lived until you do. Thanks heaven it’s actually good for you and stuff.

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Not so good for you? White chocolate, sadly. But as I said before: es muy bueno for the soul SO let’s have all of it. A homemade version preferably so it’s actually rather affordable. Still not the cheapest thing ever buuuuuut I tried to make this recipe a bit healthier for you… and me, really. Homegirl’s been eating way too much sugar lately and this pimple party happening in my face needs to stop. I’ve been having this actually huge red pimple on my forehead for six days now and let me tell you it’s so big I could stop the traffic with it.

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

This version here is also dairy-free (yay) and made with coconut sugar so it’s healthier. Mine tasted like hazelnuts as I went for powdered hazlenut milk, but you could try other versions as well using almond powder or any other one. Note that I wasn’t much of a fan of the soy milk version, as it tasted way too artificial for me. Not in the deliciously artificial way that actual white chocolate does… it was more like plastic. No bueno. No bueno at all.

As you know, I’ve been loving pastel colours lately (not on my clothes though – black all the way), so I had to add some strawberry bits to the bars so make them all glamourous and enticing. I just love strawberries. Have I mentioned it yet?

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Dried strawberries go super well here as they add a lovely, lovely crunch and the slightest hint of tartness. They complement the bars amazingly! Plus, if you don’t get to blend the coconut sugar super well, they help masquerade the crunch from the sugar granules. Still, this crunch isn’t much of a problem, but if you think it’s going to bother you, feel free to sub in powderded sugar.

Fabulous as strawberries are, I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to try more combos. I’m guessing things like orange rind, vanilla, cinnamon or winter spices would work super well! I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and experiment some more. This is a canvas recipe and a fun one to experiment with!

strawberry crunch white chocolate (vegan)

Hope you guys will love it as much as I do!

Strawberry Crunch White Chocolate Bar

Ingredients

  • 250 grams raw cocoa butter (*see notes)
  • 140 grams coconut sugar
  • 25 grams powdered hazelnut milk
  • 40 grams dried strawberries
  • a pinch of vanilla powder (ground vanilla beans)
  • 1-2 drops beet juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. To ensure that the chocolate is not too grainy, grind both hazenut milk and coconut sugar until they're reduced to a fine powder. You can use a coffee grinder for this.
  2. If you wish to skip this step, use powdered sugar instead.
  3. Using a double boiler (or alternatively a bowl placed inside a saucepan), melt cocoa butter.
  4. Add in sugar and powdered milk and whisk until completely smooth.
  5. If you want a pink-ish chocolate, separate the mixture in two bowls and add some pink food colouring to one of them (beet juice in this case, but artificial stuff would work too).
  6. Swirl the pink mixture into the plain one.
  7. Chop the dried strawberries into small pieces and add them to the chocolate mixture.
  8. Add in the vanilla powder if using too.
  9. Pour the mixture into a silicone mould and chill it for 6-7 hours.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

Not all cocoa butter is edible, so make sure it's food grade before you buy it. You can use any kind of powdered milk you fancy, but in my experience, it's powdered nut milks which work best. Soy milk adds a weird aftertaste. For a fancier chocolate bar, add chopped nuts, cinnamon and any other spices of your choice.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Katja March 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Hi! What can I use insted of powdered milk? Can I maybe use almond flour? Thanks!

    • Reply Consuelo March 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Hello Katja! I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t work fine, as powdered milk is what makes white chocolate taste like such :( if anything, the mix would resemble protein/energy balls… but I haven’t personally tried it, sorry! x

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