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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
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Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
-Goethe, Writer

The refrigerator light goes on...

Don't be fooled by the fact that this is only 43 calories per serving. It has all the chocolate flavor you crave but the slight fruitiness of the strawberries makes this an almost perfect sauce. Use it on almost any dessert.

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Place the bottom of the blender against the bottom of the pot or bowl. This actually forms a slight suction and foods will tend to splash less. If I know I am going to use my stick blender, I try to use a pot or bowl with higher sides to reduce any spatter.

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Strawberry Chocolate Sauce



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1/4 cup

Cooking Time = 90 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days.

4 ounces fresh strawberries (stemmed and sliced)
1 cup water
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa
3/4 ounce semi-sweet chocolate

Place the strawberries, water and sugar in a small stainless steel or non-reactive sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Puree using a blender or stick blender.

Pass the sauce through a fine mesh sieve. Return the sauce to the pan and place over low heat. Add the cocoa and whisk until well blended. Add the chocolate and whisk while the chocolate melts. When melted remove and place the sauce in the refrigerator.

Chill the sauce for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1/4 cup

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 43 Calories from Fat 16
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
    Saturated Fat 1g 6%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 5g  
Protein 1g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 0% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 127 mg
Magnesium 22 mg