How To: Make Easy, Healthy Valentine’s Treats
That time of year has come – you either love it or you hate it: it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether single or loved up, you can embrace this day of romance without all the hype and make it a day for wellbeing… Celebrate your status – whether in a relationship or not – with our healthy Valentine’s treats!
Last year I wrote a blog for Base Formula on a self-love meditation. This was one of my favourite ever blog posts, so PLEASE check it out. For me, Valentine’s Day is also about celebrating loving yourself, so why not use it as a day to treat yourself, as well as (or instead of!) a loved one? Check out my beautiful meditation techniques in the blog link to keep your wellbeing in balance! However, today’s blog post is also pretty cool! I am here to explain how to make some healthy love treats for this special day; again, whether you devour them yourself or share them with someone special – the choice is yours…
(As a side, before we begin, whilst I was making these, I chose to diffuse a lovely blend of
3 drops Rose essential oil, with 2 drops Sweet Orange and 2 drops Lavender
to really concentrate on being mindful whilst I enjoyed the process).
Chocolate; everyone loves it, right? And research says that it can be good for you in the right quantities, and the right cocoa %. This weekend I made some raw cacoa treats that are just perfect for Valentine’s. I learned the skills from the beautiful Sally Sisson who runs Cacao workshops in Derbyshire here. Now, I’m known for my total and utter lack of ability to cook – I am AWFUL. It’s a standing joke among my family and friends that I can cook up Aromatherapy products, but when it comes to cooking I’m just a disaster! Needless to say, Sally was a little nervous letting me measure out the ingredients, and kept a watchful eye on me. However, I easily managed to repeat the recipe at home so I have to say, they really are simple to make – and so yummy!
Make it a Spiritual Cacao Valentine’s Experience
When I was in Bali learning yoga we overheared a young couple saying “oh, that chocolate was such a spiritual experience” – we giggled. Our naivety, heh, because, apparently, it actually is! The interesting thing about cacao treats is that cacao is said to be spiritual. It is traditionally used in ceremonies, as a heart-opener, to unlock euphoric states, release pent up emotion and connect to the pure heart for transformation. It is said to help connect us to universal love (though that’s already in, but we like the excuse to eat chocolate); so, what other day best to celebrate with cacao than Valentine’s?
So, how do we do it? Well, don’t worry – that’s what I’m here to tell you! This Valentine’s, try some delicious Rosy Coconut Cacao Bliss Bites with this recipe here:
1. Coconut Base
- 200g creamed coconut
- 150g dessicated coconut
- 6tbps coconut oil
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 3tbsp honey or other natural sweetner
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 handful freeze dried strawberries
- Warm creamed coconut and coconut oil in a double boiler system (with a bowl over a pan of water) until it is fully melted and combined.
- Add vanilla extract, honey and water, and mix well.
- Place dessicated coconut in a bowl and pour over the mixture, adding the freeze dried strawberries and stir well
- Spoon mixture into a lined tray, pushing it down. Cover and refrigerate.
- Once set, cut into pieces.
In the meantime, make the following:
2. Raw Chocolate:
- 50g raw cacao powder
- 70g raw cacao butter
- 2 tbsp natural sweetner (honey, maple syrup, date syrup)
- natural flavouring (orange zest, vanilla, caramel, mint)
- gently melt the cacao butter in a double boiler system (bowl in a pan over hot water)
- remove this from the heat once melted and stir in the cacao powder, natural sweetner and natural flavouring
- use to coat the above Coconut Base
3. Rosy Coconut Cacao Bliss Bites
To complete the make-up of the beautiful Valentine’s treats, sprinkle the cacao-covered-coconut bites in a topping of your choice. I chose beautiful edible rose petals, because rose, again, symbolises love – and in its true form its the emotional heart-opening essential oil! Leave them to set, and hey presto – they’re done!
You can see mine here – surrounded by other beautiful raw cacao treats from Sally’s course here on the right!
Now comes the difficult choice – eat them yourself, or gift them to someone?! Enjoy your own little bit of cacao ceremony this Valentine’s – why not even make the eating process as a mini mindfulness ceremony of love? Remember, self-love is important too! Enjoy…
Nicole Barton – Wellbeing Writer
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