Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Here are some chocolates you can make for your sweetheart, your family or yourself to show your love. This recipe is incredibly easy, and of course it's gut-healthy and full of healthy fat. If you want heart shaped chocolates like I've used here, then check out Amazon. Michael's also has a variety of molds, but to date I haven't seen small hearts.
Here are some great ways to use this recipe this Valentine's:
1. Make a batch, wrap it up in nice Valentine's packaging, and present it to your loved one.
2. Make it with your loved one. Making chocolate can be a fun way to end a romantic evening. This is also a great way to spend Valentine's with your kids.
3. Include the chocolates in your love making. Place a piece between your teeth, and invite your partner to bite off the rest, place chocolates across your naked torso, and invite your partner to eat them, or come up with your own creative variation on chocolatey love making.
100g raw cacao paste
100g raw cocoa butter
1/4 cup liquid honey
15-20 drops stevia
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
Place cacao paste and cocoa butter over a double boiler, and melt. Once melted, remove the top section and mix in the honey, stevia and vanilla (if adding). Spoon the liquid mixture into the molds, and place into the refrigerator or freezer until hard. It only takes about 10 minutes in the freezer. Once it has solidified, remove pieces from the molds, and put them into a container. These are best kept in the fridge.
You will notice the honey starting to bleed out and form tiny droplets after a few days - if they last that long. Don't worry, they will still be just as yummy. The honey doesn't fully emulsify into the mixture - most store bought bars add emulsifiers like soy lecithin that aren't particularly healthy.
No molds? No worries!
A simple way to use this recipe without molds is to make a chocolate bark. Add your favourite nuts, seeds or dried fruit to the liquid mixture, and then pour the whole thing onto a rimmed baking sheet that is lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Place in a fridge or freezer until hard, and then break into pieces. Place in a container and store in the fridge.
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Got any more chocolatey love making ideas?
Happy, Healthy Loving!
(PS: Sex is a great stress reliever.)