Chocolatey Valentines Treats

Look no further than these delicious and healthy chocolatey treats to enjoy this Valentines Day. 

You know I love getting busy baking in the kitchen and using high quality ingredients. Plus, I love a good chocolatey treat! I mean, who doesn’t?

Check out some of these delicious and healthified treats you can whip up this weekend for Valentines Day. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do 😉 

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RAW CACAO ENERGY BALLSclick here for recipe

ALMOND PULP RAW BROWNIESclick here for recipe

ALMOND BUTTER CUPSclick here for recipe

RASPBERRY CACAO HEMP HEARTSclick here for recipe

Happy Valentines Day! xo

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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars

You know I’m a fan of quality. 

Even when my schedule gets crazy busy, like it has these past 2 months, cooking real, whole, quality foods is important to me. I refuse to run out and grab fast food just because my schedule is busy. 

Now don’t get me wrong, grabbing a whole roasted chicken from whole foods or picking up something from their prepared food bar like some mashed ginger sweet potato or garlicky green beans does come in handy. That’s fast food to me, but the healthy kind, and I’m totally ok with it. What I mean is grabbing something unhealthy and low quality. It’s important that I carve out time in my day to prepare something fresh, delicious and healthy. 

It’s a good thing my boyfriend is a great cook too, as he can take over on the nights I just really don’t have time! 

It’s the same thing when it comes to baking. I love baking and experimenting with recipes that I can share with you! I actually start to go a little crazy if at the end of the week I haven’t cooked up or baked something new. Cooking and baking to me is down time. It’s my personal, relaxing, quiet time to just play in the kitchen. I need it in my life!

Enter these delicious bars! They made my week 🙂 They were easy, delicious, healthy and completely gluten and dairy free. 

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This time of year is fun to bake as I send my boyfriend off to work with many treats for him and his clients. They ALL get eaten… and fast! 

I adapted this recipe from the recent Paleo Mag. Their Thanksgiving and Holiday recipes were amazing! 

Enjoy

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1/3 cup raw almond butter
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
  6. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 2 cups almond flour
  9. 3 tbsp coconut flour
  10. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  11. 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  12. 1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, add melted coconut oil. Whisk in almond butter, maple syrup, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Add in almond flour, coconut flour and baking soda. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and mix again to incorporate.
  5. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish/brownie pan prepared with parchment paper. Smooth out the batter and gently press down into the pan.
  6. Scatter blueberries on top and gently press them into the batter with your hands so they are not rolling around.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours before serving.
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Happy Holiday Baking!

Samantha xo

 

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Raw Cacao Energy Bites

Nothing like a little bit of energy to perk you up during your day! Add some chocolate in the mix and you’re good to go!

If you follow me on social media and have cooked or baked up some of my recipes, then there’s a good chance you’re aware of the fact that I love cacao!

This unprocessed, raw and mineral rich superfood is a staple in my house. 

Best part is, cacao is one of the richest sources of Magnesium; a mineral we just don’t get enough of. 

Magnesium is involved in over 300 detoxification processes in our body, plus it helps to ease menstrual cramps and gives you a feeling of calm. I recommend taking magnesium before bed as it can help ease you into sleep. How great is that! A little cacao before bed never hurt anyone 😉

I made these tasty energy bites this afternoon after my workout. They have the perfect amount of natural sugars, plant based protein and healthy fats to refuel my body after a sweat session. 

Post workout, mid afternoon, or perhaps a sweet treat in the evening, these delicious bites can be enjoyed many times throughout your day 🙂 Plus, they are perfect for kids! If you’re looking for a nut-free version, you can swap the walnuts for pumpkin seeds, or use a mixture of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. 

Get creative with this recipe. Add in your other favourite super foods, or up the ante on the sweetness with some dried cranberries or goji berries. 

Let’s get un-baking! These bites are raw and take little time to make.

Raw Cacao Energy Bites
Yields 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup walnuts
  2. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  4. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I used giddy yoyo)
  5. 12 pitted medjool dates, (soaked in water for 5 minutes to soften)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla powder (I used giddy yoyo)
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except dates, into a food processor and pulse to break up the nuts and seeds. Then add in dates and blend until mixture sticks together.
  2. Using your hands, roll into balls and place onto a parchment lined dish.
  3. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to slightly harden.
  4. These will last about 1 week in the fridge.
Notes
  1. You can roll these into flaked coconut or cacao nibs for an extra boost!
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Chocolate Avocado Pudding (the best guilt free dessert!)

Yes… you heard right, I said chocolate AVOCADO pudding!

Who woulda thought right?!

I swear this creamy dreamy treat tastes so divine, you’d have NO idea that it contains avocado. It takes minutes to make and doubles as an icing for cakes or cupcakes.

As a bonus, this pudding can be used as a face mask! It might sound crazy, but the avocado and coconut oil are incredibly moisturizing for the skin and honey is an incredible humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners.

The cacao contains tons of antioxidants which helps fighting aging and wrinkles, so all around, this pudding can do many things and will probably become your new favourite dessert and beauty care product. 

As a bonus, chocolate (cacao powder) is one of the richest sources of magnesium, which helps to manage pms cramps, tight and sore muscles and is a great relaxing mineral. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. And may I point out… when I first started dating my boyfriend Gaetan, I whipped up this dessert for him one night and can I just say… he fell even more in love with me! It’s true that a way to a mans heart is through his stomach 🙂 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Half an avocado
  2. 2-3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  3. 2 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until well combined. All done! You can double or triple this recipe to use as a frosting on cupcakes.
  2. Top with your favourite nuts and seeds, berries, bananas or shredded coconut.
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