My 4 year old frantically woke me up at 5 a.m. the other day to declare he needed a bowl of strawberry macaroni soup. He had an eye infection, and he was convinced that strawberry macaroni soup would cure him.
Have I ever made strawberry macaroni soup before? No.
Has my son ever eaten any variety of soup without complaining about how much he hates soup? Also no.
We discussed his request, and he decided that he was willing to eat macaroni with chocolate and strawberries instead of strawberry macaroni soup. Of course fresh strawberries are like $8 now since it’s freezing outside, but that’s a rant for another day.
I ran to the store to buy some rice shells since we don’t eat wheat pasta. As soon as I had a chance, I started working on my little guy’s special request.
I started by melting some chocolate chips in a pot over low heat. You can also do this in the microwave, but I don’t own a microwave
because I’m a weirdo semi-hippie.
I’m not being overly cautious when I say “low heat”. Crank up the dial on your stovetop if you want, but don’t yell at me when you scorch your chocolate.
While you heat the chocolate, boil some water for your macaroni. Add the noodles and prepare according to the instructions on the package.
After your chocolate chips are fully melted, slowly add 4 to 6 tablespoons of full-fat coconut milk.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Wait, why is there a range? Why not a set amount of coconut milk?”
Well, it’s because some folks like thick chocolate sauce and some folks like smooth, creamy chocolate sauce. Also, there are different brands of chocolate chips. I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are vegan and gluten free. However, I’ve seen chocolate chips composed of all kinds of random ingredients, and those ingredients can affect the meltability (is that even a word?) of your chocolate.
How’s your pasta coming along? It’s probably done by now.
Turn off the heat, drain the pasta, and pour it in a large mixing bowl.
Pour in the chocolate sauce and stir gently to combine.
Add strawberries and stir gently with a spatula. You can serve the macaroni like this if you want, but I like a little crunch with my desserts.
Add shredded coconut and slivered almonds if you’re using them (and you totally should use them unless you have food allergies or hate nuts).
I also added some mini chocolate chips because my toddler was like, “Hey, I told you I wanted chocolate macaroni.” Nevermind the fact that it was drenched in chocolate sauce.
Grab a spoon and devour your chocolate macaroni with strawberries, coconut, and almonds. It’s sooooo good.
I only had a few bites because it was too sweet for me (even though I liked it), but my son went to town on his bowl.
He had to carefully examine the ingredients in his chocolate macaroni first, but then he demolished this gluten-free dessert.
See that thing beside his bowl of chocolate macaroni? That’s a Gingerbread Larabar, and he’s obsessed with them. I bought like 6 boxes while they were on clearance at Target, and guess how many I’ve eaten so far? Zero. Because nobody cares if Mom gets to eat her own food.
But enough of my sob story.
Ready to make your own bowl of chocolate macaroni with strawberries, coconut, and almonds?
Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe for this tasty vegan dessert:
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