Valentine's Day is upon us and we all know what that means. Just another excuse to have something sweet with your most-loved one. Forget about expensive jewelry and other gifts. Chocolate Valentines are all you might need.
Yes, dark chocolate is a healthy food now, even Harvard researchers agree. Cocoa is full of plant chemicals called flavanols, which help protect your heart. And when you're in love, your heart needs protecting anyway, doesn't it? In my experience, definitely. Maybe that's why me and my partner always find a way to share something sweet together. It happens to be our only set in stone plan for Valentine's Day. And it could be yours as well.
7 ideas for Chocolate Valentines
1. Chocolate Heart Cookies
The chocolate heart cookies are not only tasty and sweet, but they're also pretty healthy. They're made from whole wheat flour, coconut powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup. The filling also has a coconut twist: with coconut flakes and cocoa powder combined with coconut oil to give the cookies amazing texture when you and your loved one bite into them.
2. Pretzel Crusted Chocolate Tart
This pretzel crusted chocolate tart is a great sweet and salty combo that you're going to want to try. It only takes about 25 minutes to make. But when you cook it, remember to set aside about four hours for it to set in the refrigerator. It looks so tasty that you should make sure your significant other doesn't find it before then!
3. Healthy Dark Chocolate Lava Cake
Dark chocolate is a dessert that's as healthy as it is delicious. This dark chocolate lava cake fits the bill entirely. Especially since the other ingredients are nutritious, too. The base is made with spelt and cocoa powder. Other ingredients include vegan superstars like soy milk and coconut sugar.
4. Chocolate and Vanilla Battenberg Cake
Battenberg is a light sponge cake covered in marzipan. When you cut into it, it reveals a wonderful checkered pattern. This chocolate and vanilla Battenberg cake is not the easiest dessert to make, but the results more than make up for the work involved. It only takes one hour to make and this particular recipe serves ten. Or it can be one of those chocolate valentines you keep in the fridge and enjoy for days.
5. Chocolate Mousse Topped with White Chocolate
This chocolate mousse topped with white chocolate flakes is perfect for those chocolate lovers who enjoy creamier desserts. If you're too busy to cook complicated things, then worry not! You can make this mousse in about 15 minutes and then just enjoy your special night with your significant other. Create the mousse, serve it in your favorite glasses and then dance the night away!
6. Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake
What's the one ingredient that makes a cheesecake even more delicious? Chocolate, of course. So why not try your hand at making this black and white chocolate cheesecake? It's actually made with three types of chocolate: milk, dark, and white! This is definitely a triple treat for lovers and chocolate lovers out there!
7. Quirky Option: Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate and Chili Sauce
I know, this is off the beaten path, but that's where all foodies go when they explore new things. This chocolate chili sauce over a nicely cooked beef tenderloin is one of those special chocolate valentines that pretty much covers all you have to do for dinner. After digging your forks into this, you won't even need any dessert. Not of the sweet variety, anyway.