Make your sweetheart some healthy sweet treats this Valentine's Day
Forget boxes of shop-bought chocolates; whip up a healthy alternative gift at home for your sweetheart, with one of these recipes. Cacao is a natural stimulant, which could leave you both feeling energised and rather...romantic? Great for a February the 14th celebration!
Raw Chocolate Hearts
Makes around 24
Small heart-shaped moulds
60g (2oz) cacao butter
1/4 cups of raw cacao powder
1 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp pure maple syrup (2, if you prefer it bitter)
1/4 cups of walnuts, chopped finely
1/4 cup of figs or goji berries, chopped finely
1 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
How to make them:
#1. Add the cacao butter to a glass bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water, to melt. Once melted, add the almond butter, maple syrup, cacao powder and vanilla powder (if using) and stir until well combined.
#2. Add your walnuts and figs or goji berries and stir.
#3. Spoon the mixture into your moulds and pop in the freezer to set - this usually takes around 30 minutes.
#4. Check the chocolates are firm before popping them out of their moulds. These can be stored in an airtight container and will keep for a week in the fridge or a month in the freezer. As if they're going to last that long!
Raw Cacao Cups
These are perfect as a gift, or a sweet treat for yourself on Valentine's Day.
1 1/2 cups of raw cacao butter
3 tbsp coconut butter
2 cups of raw cacao powder
1 cup of maple syrup
1 tsp Maca Powder
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (found in most health food stores)
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Optional extras: raw almond or hazelnut butter, finely chopped pecans, cashews or almonds
How to make them:
#1. Melt the cacao butter and coconut butter together in a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir. Once fully melted, stir in the cacao powder and mix.
#2. Add the salt, Maca and Lucuma and mix thoroughly until there are no lumps. Then add the maple syrup to taste, until you reach the right level of sweetness. The mixture should start to take on a thicker consistency.
#3. Pour the mixture into baking cases and place in the freezer for a few hours. These will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, stored in an airtight container.