Valentine's Day Treat Recipes

What goes together better than Valentine's Day and chocolate? Probably nothing, so I figured it'd be worth a blog post. There is actually a ton of nutritional benefit to dark chocolate, however, everything in moderation! Dark chocolate is filled with powerful antioxidants, iron, magnesium, copper and other beneficial nutrients. Always be mindful of the sugar content, because that's where the nutritional value starts to decrease. Look for chocolate thats over 70% cocoa with minimal ingredients (trust me, there are some legit kinds!). Some of my favourites are Enjoy Life Chocolate ChipsGreen & Blacks, and Alter Eco Chocolate.

I love chocolate just as much as the next person, but there are definitely healthier ways to make treats with it, so here are some of my go-to chocolate treats for this special day.

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
  • 3/4 Cup of Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Dash of Vanilla
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Note: If you don't have chocolate protein powder, add 2 Tbsp of Cacao Powder and 1 Tbsp of Maple Syrup.

Directions

  • Blend almond milk, cacao powder, chocolate protein and vanilla
  • In a mason jar, mix chia seeds and sea salt with chocolate blended mixture and mix until it is all well combine
  • Place in fridge for 2+ hours (I usually do overnight) and enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Truffles

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Truffle

  • 3/4 Cup of All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 Cup of Almond Flour
  • 2 Tsp of Almond Milk
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Optional: 1/4 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Coating

  • 3/4 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil

Directions

Peanut Butter Truffles

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well-combine
  • Place in fridge for 10 minutes
  • Roll peanut butter mixture into small balls and place on baking sheet

Chocolate Coating

  • In a microwave safe bowl, mix coconut oil and dark chocolate chips and place in microwave for 45 seconds, mixing every 15 seconds

Both

  • Once peanut butter truffles are formed and chocolate is melted, coat each ball with chocolate and place on parchment paper leaving space between each
  • Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Mashed Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
  • 3 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup of Cacao Powder
  • Dash of Vanilla
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° and spread/spray coconut oil on baking tray
  • Steam sweet potatoes and mash them
  • In a small pot on medium heat, melt nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla
  • Once mixture is well-combine, remove from heat
  • Add nut butter+maple syrup mixture to mashed sweet potato and cacao powder
  • Mix well and add in chocolate chips
  • Place mixture in baking tray and bake for roughly 20 minutes (check if it's cooked all the way through) and allow to cool
  • Enjoy!

What are some of your go-to treats for Valentine's Day? Comment below!