Chocolate is happening!
You can’t have Valentine’s Day without it ❤
We have a mind blowing recipe for Valentine Truffles…and did I mention, they are vegan!
80 grams of 100 percent cacao (baking chocolate) I used Chocosoltraders Gratitude Cacao
50 grams raw sugar
- peppermint or orange oil
- vanilla essence or powder
- cacao nibs
- chili & cinnamon powder
- dried fruits
- sea salt
- orange or lemon zest
To flavour…just use 2-3 drops of the oils or a pinch of spices.
- In a medium sized pot, bring water to a boil and place a glass bowl in pot.
- Add the chocolate to the glass bowl, reduce heat and slowly melt the chocolate.
- Add the raw sugar and mix until well blended. If you want a smooth texture, blitz the sugar in a food processor until the sugar is really fine before adding the sugar. I like the old school style of chocolate, with a bit of texture.
- Add the liquid chocolate mixture to your chosen mold, one spoonful at a time just until chocolate is level with the top of each opening.
- Top each truffle with your flavour of choice. Today I decided to do a variety of options: chili & cinnamon, orange, peppermint and a vanilla truffle.
- Allow to cool completely before removing truffles from the mold. I like to place mine in the fridge for at least 30 minutes while doing the cleanup. Remove from the fridge, turn mold upside down and give it a gentle tap to loosen truffles or simply remove each one manually.
- If you haven’t eaten all of the truffles, store them in an air tight container, away from heat and light.
Note: The chocolate will sweat if left in the fridge too long. If this happens gently wipe the water off with a towel.
Are you ready for the finished product? Holy cow! Check these babies out!
They are almost too nice to share…;)
It’s Valentine’s Day!!!
How about a Pink Passion Slushie to share with your sweetie?
Not only does this slushie taste yummy…it is chock a block full of awesomeness!
- 3 cups ice
- 2 cups brewed hibiscus tea (2 tea bags/2 cups water), cooled or ideally chilled
- 1 cup pink grapefruit, peeled and chopped (seeds removed)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tsp Camu Camu powder
- 1 tbsp agave, honey or maple syrup to taste
- *Additional antioxidant boosters: 1/2 tsp Amla powder (Indian Gooseberry)
- 1/2 tsp pomegranate powder
- Brew the hibiscus tea and let steep for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before using.
- Place 3 cups ice in a high speed blender, add the hibiscus tea, pomegranate juice, grapefruit, strawberries ,Camu Camu powder and chosen sweetener. Blend on high until smooth.
- Get two straws and share with your special someone…or…drink it all yourself!!
So not only is this yummy and full of deliciousness, this smoothis has some amazing fruits that are sooooo good for you!
Camu Camu is a cherry like fruit from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru which has the highest known source of vitamin C. In 100 grams of fresh fruit, vitamin C content ranges from 1880-2300 mg depending on ripeness.
Vitamin C is incredibly important for immune function, mood regulation, energy and collagen production to name a few. Vitamin C is naturally sour tasting, so blend the powder into your smoothies, raspberry vinaigrettes or add to your energy bars. You can purchase Camu Camu from health food stores, specialty boutiques and online.
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit from a deciduous tree native to India. It is considered sacred due to its very high antioxidant, vitamin and mineral content. This cooling herb is a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Amla fruit is sour tasting due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content. Its traditionally used to promote longevity, enhance digestion, strengthen the heart to name a few. In India the fruit is eaten raw, pickled or cooked into various dishes, including savoury & sweet. Amla powder is also used to prepare inks, shampoos, and hair oils. The wood from the trees are used to line water wells to provide clean and sweet tasting water for drinking and cooking.
Add Amla powder to your drinking water, smoothies, juices and salad dressings. You can purchase Amla, at health food stores, Indian grocers and online. A good rule of thumb is use 1 tbsp Amla to 8 ounces of liquid.
We hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day!!!