Valentine Chocolate Hearts
Want to show some love for your valentine this year? Well, what better way to do so than by making something with your own two hands that will not only shower your sweetie with some sweetness, but will also keep their health in check! Raw cacao is often touted as a super food with high amounts of antioxidant flavanoids, sulfur, iron and magnesium not to mention essential fatty acids. Maca is a great source of iodine and is said to help with athletic performance and recovery. Coconut sugar is the chosen sweetener as it contains nutrients and does not cause blood sugar spike and crash as does traditional refined sugar or syrups. So skip the processed chocolate bars and box candies and go big this year with minimal effort (shhhh…don’t tell them that :)! After all, what says “I love you” more than something that will improve their health and keep them around for years to come!
– 3/4 cup, raw cacao powder
– 45g (about 3 tbsp.) cacao butter (you can try to substitute coconut oil but will get a bit of a different result)
– 2 Tbsp. maca root powder (optional. It adds a more complex flavor to the chocolate but not all people enjoy the taste of maca)
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla
– 6 Tbsp. coconut sugar
– small heart cookie cutter (having a few cutters is optimal)
– coconut oil for lubricating cookie cutter
– pink Himalayan sea salt (or salt of your choice. Flakes would work well too)
– Cinnamon/coconut sugar
– Cacao nibs (small amount of salt)
– Your choice
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mini crock pot (or sauce pan on low heat) melt cacao butter.
Once completely melted add in coconut sugar and vanilla. Stir and allow to mix together for a minute or two.
In a separate bow mix cacao powder and maca root powder together. Stir the mixed powders into the cacao butter mixture. Leave in crockpot/pan with heat on.
Rub coconut oil on the inside and outside bottom of the cookie cutter
Place the cookie cutter on the parchment paper and use a fork or small spoon to spoon small amounts of chocolate into the cutter.
Lightly sprinkle your choice of topping over top (by pinching with your fingers or tapping the side of a spoon or measuring spoon lightly) and let sit about one minute before slowly pulling cookie cutter up and beginning a new chocolate heart. It will go a little quicker if you have two or more cookie cutter hearts.
You can always make dollops, bars or any other design you wish if you do not have a cookie cutter.
Place in the refrigerator to harden and enjoy!