I’m back with the second day of Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts. Today’s recipe is gluten-free Chocolate Fondue! This recipe is easily made dairy free and vegan as well—yay!
This recipe comes from Kim Maes of Cook IT Allergy Free. Thank you, Kim! (Update: Kim has so many outstanding recipes and info on Cook IT Allergy Free. However, she is no longer updating that site. Her new website is Healing the Gut.)
But before we get to the recipe and the giveaway for Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts, let me tell you a little more about Kim and Cook IT Allergy Free. Admittedly, many of you already know Kim as you should.
She has a fantastic blog with simply amazing recipes that are easy to make, delicious, and good for you. Her recipe photos and invitingly written posts make you want to be in her kitchen with her chatting about romantic songs, making up silly poems, sharing some delightful girl talk, and, of course, cooking and eating.
Kim is a little bundle of sweetness; she’s always fun to be around. I could tell all that from her posts, but meeting her at the International Food Bloggers Conference last year and again at BlogHer Food in San Francisco confirmed it. We have stayed in touch ever since and become really good friends.
So when I found out that Mr. GFE and I were embarking on the epic road trip to help friends move cross country and we would be near where Kim lives before we flew back, I let her know. Of course, she invited us to stay with her and her family.
When the trip became a somewhat grueling journey and there were some “white knuckle” moments for me (and I wasn’t even at the wheel of the moving truck, aka “The Monster Truck”), in the midst of dessert (for real), I thought of Kim and her family’s “oasis” ahead. We weren’t able to keep to the original schedule so a meet-up with another friend had to be canceled, but from the beginning, we vowed to get to visit with Kim and her guys no matter what!
In the end, visiting with them was such a relaxing and enjoyable ending to our trip. Kim was the best, of course, and all her boys—young and old—are as terrific and loveable as she is! My favorite times were when we were alone chatting in her kitchen or side by side, laptops in use, on her sofa.
Kim spoke about our visit on her blog where she also shared her succulent prime rib recipe. You’ll note that she was being such an excellent hostess and having so much fun with us that she didn’t get to take a photo of her prime rib. She resorted to using an iStock photo, but it doesn’t come close to accurately depicting her prime rib or mimicking Kim’s photo skills.
I got a photo below, but it doesn’t do Kim’s prime rib justice either. (I happily took the end piece as I prefer prime rib at medium doneness.) Here are a few more photos before I turn to what you’ll really be interested in—the giveaway and the recipe!
Now for the Suite of Sweets, here’s Kim’s Chocolate Fondue recipe. Although February is the shortest month, it can also seem like the longest month. After the excitement of Groundhog Day (hey, stop laughing! Phil predicted an early spring; don’t diss Phil!) and Valentine’s Day, those last two weeks can seem like forever.
So how about a little bit of indulgence? I mean seriously. And don’t think that you have to wait until next Valentine’s Day or a special occasion to enjoy this fondue. Chocolate fondue means love to many people and gluten-free Chocolate Fondue for the gluten-free folks in your life is super special … don’t you believe that’s deserved any time?
To reinforce this point, when Kim came to my house for a retreat with other gluten-free blogging girlfriends the following summer, she made her fondue. And we dipped all the best stuff in it, as you can see—banana slices, whole strawberries, and amazing gluten-free Angel Food Cake. (Thanks to Heather of Gluten-Free Cat—sadly, her site is no longer active—for sharing these photos from our retreat!)
Gluten-Free Chocolate Fondue Recipe
- 6-8 oz of dark chocolate (gluten-free and also dairy free, if needed), such as Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 72%, chopped into small pieces
- 3/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (or if you are not dairy free, than you can, of course, use an equal amount of heavy cream)
- a pinch of salt
- a variety of dipping goodies (in the picture at the top of this page, I used organic strawberries, organic cherries, bananas, gluten-free pretzel sticks, homemade gluten free brownies, and amazing homemade marshmallows but store-bought marshmallows also work.)
- Warm the coconut milk (or heavy cream) in a heavy-bottomed pan until small bubbles begin to form and it comes to a very light boil. Then add the chocolate pieces and gently whisk until melted, smooth, and fully incorporated.
- Immediately transfer to a fondue pot and keep it heated with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot (but it will start to thicken and harden after a while this way).
- Assemble all of your dipping goodies of choice and provide some utensils, such as fondue forks or bamboo skewers, to help you dip (or just use your fingers – especially among family)! Enjoy!
Yesterday’s Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts post—Almond Chocolate Double Coconut No-Bake Cookies.
Originally published February 13, 2011; updated December 27, 2022.