Whether you have romantic plans this Valentine’s Day or not, here is a lovely and familiar couple in a form that won’t cause you to break your health, your stride, your teeth, your bank, or your heart. Instead of a sugar-induced roller-coaster crash, with these Chocolate Strawberry Loves, you will be able to ride safely through your day, fully intact. Doesn’t matter what plans you have (romantic? epic? adventuresome? cultured? lazy Sunday?), you will be well fuelled to do just about anything!
Like most of my recipes thus far, these melt-away “loves” are highly customizable…you choose your fats, your sweetness, your fillings…they don’t even have to be chocolate. Yes, really!
Chocolate Strawberry Loves
1/2 c. coconut manna
1/4 c. cacao butter
1/4 c. coconut oil
100g dark chocolate bar (Cocoa powder works too – you will need approx. 5 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp sweetener if desired)
Handful chopped strawberries (or filling of choice)
1 tsp vanilla, optional
1 Tbsp maca powder, optional
In a small saucepan, gently melt coconut and cacao butter, chocolate and oil until liquidy. Add vanilla and whisk in maca if desired. Divide strawberry pieces into silicone moulds, mini-muffin tins or container of choice, then spoon melted chocolate mixture over top. Refrigerate or freeze until solid. I store these in the freezer as they melt pretty quick! Take out servings as desired and allow to thaw for about 10 minutes.
Biggest rule – enjoy your non-guilty pleasure!
This recipe is paleo and vegan, can be made keto, low-allergen, low-sugar, etc. and can be made autoimmune-protocol friendly by subbing carob for the chocolate or by taking it out all together and just using extra fruit for flavour. Do what you need to do for you!