10 Valentine's Day Chocolates That Will Make Anyone Swoon
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017
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February 14 brings gushy Valentine’s Day cards, long-stem red roses and other special gifts to those in romantic relationships. But, for many, nothing beats chocolate —especially when it’s homemade. And quite fittingly for this holiday, dark chocolate is good for the heart; it can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Plus, our easy recipes don’t require you to be a pastry chef. So pick your favorite one, make it with love and box it up. Your significant other will swoon for these elegant treats!
CHOCOLATE-MINT “ENERGY BALL” TRUFFLES
Chocolate truffles usually have a velvety chocolate filling and a coating of nuts, cocoa or chocolate. These minty truffles are a uniquely delicious twist on that concept and are also quite healthy. The creamy filling consists of cocoa powder, almond butter and black beans. Yep, black beans, those fiber-filled legumes! But the main ingredient in these “energy balls” is raw shelled hemp seeds, which provide plant-based protein. To make them, simply whirl the ingredients in a food processor, then just chill the mixture, form into balls and roll in hemp hearts (i.e., shelled hemp seeds).
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COCOA-COATED PROTEIN SUPERFOOD TRUFFLES
Want a dessert with benefits? Yes, there is such a thing! These truffles are kind of like a healthful peanut butter cookie dough that’s coated in cocoa powder. The “dough” of these truffles is packed with protein; it contains a creamy base of chickpeas, peanut butter and plant-based vanilla protein powder (we used Amazing Grass Protein Superfood because it’s organic and actually contains greens). When you roll the balls in cocoa, it creates a beautiful marbleized effect that’ll compete with any store-bought chocolate.
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A DOZEN CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES WITH PISTACHIOS
Instead of a dozen roses, give a dozen of these pretty treats to your special someone. Start by melting dark chocolate. Dunk the strawberries into the chocolate and then into some pistachios. The pistachios add satisfying crunch and healthful antioxidants. And since a serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, you won’t have to feel guilty about indulging in these treats.
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BROWNIE BITES WITH MATCHA DUST
Who can resist brownies, especially when they’re shaped like hearts and dusted with matcha? You’ll start by making a fudgy brownie with wholesome ingredients, including whole-wheat pastry flour and free-range eggs. After chilling the brownies, you’ll cut them into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Then, for the piece de resistance, you’ll sprinkle the brownie bites with culinary matcha powder. Don’t worry too much about anyone’s waistline; matcha contain green tea catechins, which have potential anti-obesity effects.
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HANDMADE BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE BERRY CUPS
Searching for a chocolaty treat that’s easy to make, delicious and gorgeous? You’ve found it. As a bonus, this recipe provides a nutritious punch of vitamin C from the berries. To prepare these sweet little cups, you’ll stir together fresh blueberries and raspberries with a little coconut nectar, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sea salt. Add the berry mixture to melted bittersweet chocolate, and then quickly spoon the chocolate-berry mixture into candy cup liners. Keep them chilled. Warning: You may find it hard to resist eating one (or two or three or…) before gifting the rest.
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DARK CHOCOLATE GOJI BERRY BARK
Chocolate bark is much more elegant than its name implies, and when it includes cinnamon, goji berries and turmeric, it’s even more exquisite. An anti-inflammatory superfruit, goji berries promote healthy skin and eye health and can help stabilize blood sugar. Plus, cinnamon helps reduce the risk of heart disease, while turmeric contains anti-cancer properties. Fortunately, chocolate bark is practically foolproof to make. So if you’re not that confident in your culinary skills, pick this recipe to impress your loved one.
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TART CHERRY-CHOCOLATE NUT CLUSTERS
Create an incredibly tasty energy mix with nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. All you need to do is melt bittersweet chocolate and stir in peanuts, pistachios, cashews and dried tart cherries. Drop the mixture by the spoonful onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. (No baking is required, by the way!) The dried tart cherries — or Montmorency cherries — are slightly sour, which is an indicator of anthocyanins. Research suggests that these compounds may help fight inflammation that’s associated with arthritis and gout. That’s great news for such a great-tasting bite!
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HEMP HEART CHOCOLATES WITH SEA SALT
These small chocolates pack loads of nutrition with every bite. They contain raw shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts), which contain a triple whammy of protein, fiber and heart-friendly fats. Hemp seeds can also help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. Make these by mixing hemp hearts with melted chocolate and placing the mixture into baking cups. Top with a pinch of sea salt and the remaining hemp hearts and chill until firm.
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QUINOA CRUNCH CHOCOLATE HEARTS
Quinoa and chocolate? Yes, please! Quinoa contains twice as much fiber as other grains and is considered one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. So go ahead and add it wherever it fits into your eating plan — chocolate included! Here you’ll toast quinoa in a skillet before mixing it with melted bittersweet chocolate; it makes the chocolate extra crunchy. These treats contain a hint of cayenne to spice up your Valentine’s Day!
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FRESH BLACKBERRY CHOCOLATE GANACHE TREATS
Savoring these chocolate-drenched blackberry delights is one tasty way to meet part of your daily fruit servings. Not only do blackberries provide significant fiber and vitamin C, but they also burst with fruity sweetness. And when coated with chocolate, how could anyone say no? To make them, you’ll melt semisweet chocolate with a little almond milk and pure vanilla and almond extracts (basically creating a ganache), then simply roll blackberries around in it. The sprinkling of fleur de sel (which literally means “flower of salt”) balances the sweetness with a sophisticated finish!
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