Coconut Cream Dipped Strawberries with Toasted Coconut

Have you ever placed a giant bowl of fresh strawberries on the table with a little dish of sour cream and a little dish of brown sugar for dipping? It’s a lovely combination. Here is my simple paleo version. Place that same giant bowl of fresh strawberries along side two little dishes of coconut cream and toasted coconut flakes. Dip your berries in the coconut cream then into the coconut. Heaven. For more flavor add lemon or lime zest to the cream, or how about a bit of vanilla? Maybe a dish of shaved dark chocolate. Suddenly paleo doesn’t feel so bad. Suddenly it feels a bit romantic.

Coconut Cream Dipped Strawberries with Toasted Coconut
Recipe type: Dessert, Appetizer, Snack
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
Strawberries dipped in coconut cream then in toasted coconut. Simple, Elegant. Paleo.
  • 1 pound Strawberries washed and dried
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, **chilled at least 24 hours**
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • zest of one lemon or lime, optional
  • ½ tsp. vanilla, optional
  • ½-3/4 cup shaved dark chocolate, optional
  1. Place strawberries in a pretty bowl.
  2. Remove can of coconut milk from the refrigerator. Using a can opener, punch two holes in the bottom of the can and drain the milk into a bowl. Save for another use. Now turn the can back over to the top and open wide with a can opener. Scoop out cream and place in a small serving bowl. No need to whip.
  3. To toast coconut, place coconut in a dry skillet over medium heat and cook until fragrant and golden, stirring frequently. Do not move away from the pan, it burns quickly!
  4. Place coconut in a small serving bowl to serve with the coconut cream and strawberries.
  5. An option is to stir the zest of ½ -1 lime or lemon into the coconut cream. Or add a little vanilla.
  6. A small bowl of shaved dark chocolate for dipping is nice too.
  7. Have your guests dip their strawberries into the cream then into the coconut or chocolate (or both!).
It is helpful to always keep a can of full fat coconut milk in your refrigerator to whip up quick paleo treats. You may even want to consider a little fresh chopped basil or mint in the coconut cream. See? I think we could be very creative with this!

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  1. jenn
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM | Permalink these sound fabulous! i’m on vacation, but i’ll be trying these when i return!

  2. Posted June 28, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

    i’ve never tried the sour cream-brown sugar combo but i’m super intrigued! both versions sound heavenly!

  3. Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

    This sounds so good, Robin Sue… love coconut but never thought of it going along with strawberries.

  4. Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    Hey Robin – just wanted to tell you that my Uncle passed away at SML this morning – his favorite spot! I may be headed that way once I get the arrangements.

  5. Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

    Hey-I could do this! I’ve got all three things and it sound Whole 30 ok.

  6. Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, these look and sound amazing. I love this twist on dipped strawberries!

  7. Posted June 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    coconut cream. right now, i can’t think of any two words that are more magical. 🙂

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