valentines day recipes

Valentine’s Chocolate Truffles

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Happy Valentine’s Day! These truffles are easy to make and will really impress your chocolate-loving Valentine!  Wrap them up in a pretty box for that extra special touch. Plus, nothing says “I love you” like heart-healthy ingredients like dark chocolate and extra virgin coconut oil!   Ingredients: 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup Kelapo Coconut oil 1 lb dark chocolate chips or bars, chopped 1 Tbsp raspberry or hazelnut liqueur ¼ cup high quality cocoa powder   Directions: Bring cream and sugar to a scald. Stir in coconut oil, chocolate and liqueur, in that order. Refrigerate […]

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Chef Jessica’s Vegan Chocolate Fondue

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When it comes to a favorite food I think the majority of women would agree with me when I say- it would have to be chocolate!  A 2007 BBC news article quotes Dr. David Lewis of the Mind Lab as saying “Chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6558775.stm). Psychologist Sue Wright said “Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which can raise levels of endorphins, the pleasure-giving substances, in the brain”.  And despite the perception (myself included) that women are the bigger fans of chocolate, the Mind Lab study also found that the effect […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  Time to start baking everything pink and strawberry flavored.  One of my favorite desserts is chocolate covered strawberries, so I thought I would see how a chocolate covered strawberry cake would turn out.  Let me say, it turned out amazing!  To make it even better you could top it with some chocolate covered strawberries!   Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake 2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup (1 baking stick) Kelapo coconut oil, […]

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