We’ve all come to know Valentine’s Day as the day of heart-shaped milk chocolate. But what about those of us who want to indulge and treat our partner without the added sugar, fat and calories? We found three easy, delicious and nutritious chocolate recipes (http://beautysouthafrica.com/skin-and-body/chocolate-beauty-recipes) you can try this Valentine’s Day…
Frozen chocolate banana
This is the perfect frozen sweet treat with some extra nutritional punch! Peel a banana, cut into two equal halves, and freeze. Once solid, take out and roll in melted dark chocolate. While the chocolate’s still soft, roll in whichever crunchy topping you like – sprinkles, chopped nuts, and granola all work well. Return to the freezer until the chocolate is set (at least an hour).
• 2 cups pitted dates
• 3/4 cup raw cashews
• 1/4 cup nut butter (you can also use natural peanut butter)
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1 pinch salt
• Toss everything into a food processor and process until the mixture starts to go smooth and clump into a ball. The dates will be all chopped up but you’ll still have bits of nut.
• Turn the mixture out into an 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
• Remove the bars from the pan and cut into pieces using a sharp knife. Enjoy these bars cold or frozen. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
425g pureed pumpkin (or 1 can)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tsp cocoa powder
level 1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
sweetener of choice, to taste
Melt the chocolate (either on the stove or in the microwave), then throw everything into a food processor and blend until it is smooth. Pour into a pie crust and fridge until chilled. Your crust can be made from crushed biscuits or crunchies, or if you want to indulge, you can use a thin layer of pastry too. This pie gets firmer and firmer, the longer it sits.