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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 😉 

valentines treats

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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Almond Pulp Raw Brownies

Fancy dinners, indulgent desserts and expensive wine tend to make up most Valentines Days.

Maybe the addition of chocolates, cinnamon hearts and lingerie get thrown in the mix too!

This year, my hunny and I are staying in. I’m getting treated to a delicious and healthy homemade meal (sweet!) and will get busy in the kitchen baking up something yummy!

That’s where these Almond Pulp Raw Brownies come in!

You heard right… I said Almond Pulp! Have you been busy making your own almond milk at home only to throw out the pulp? Well don’t! Save it for this delicious and raw brownie treat. 

This recipe only works if you have raw almond pulp on hand, so technically, this is a 2 phased recipe. First, make your own homemade almond milk by following this recipe HERE

Then, onto the un-baking. Since these delicious gems are raw, you don’t even need to turn on your oven!

Happy Valentines Day! xo

Almond Pulp Raw Brownies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup almond pulp (squeezed reeeally well to dry out. Pulp must be completely dry to use)
  2. 1/2 cup cashews
  3. 1 cup dates
  4. 5 tbsp cacao powder
  5. 4 tbsp dried unsweetened coconut
  6. 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  7. 2 tbsp raw honey
  8. 2 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean
  10. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place cashews in your food processor and process until they become small and crumbly, like a cashew-flour.
  2. Add dates to the cashews and process again until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed and incorporated.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until the mixture turns a lovely dark chocolatey brown. Stop processing before it gets too buttery and creamy.
  4. Dump the mixture into a brownie dish or small cake pan and press down very firmly using clean hands.
  5. Place the brownies into the freezer for at least one hour.
  6. Slice before eating and eat right out of the freezer. They won't turn rock-hard. They will be nice and chewy, almost fudge-like.
  7. *Do not refrigerate or defrost. Keep brownies in freezer. They will last 7 days in freezer.
Notes
  1. Feel free to add in cacao nibs, goji berries, dried cherries or your other favourite superfood or dried fruits. Get creative and experiment!
Holistic Wellness https://holisticwellness.ca/
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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
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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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