2132251293_f20e044e80_oWith Valentine’s Day around the corner, I think we can all agree… chocolate! But why is chocolate such a go-to for our day of love?

Well, because it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and mood boosting properties, and it makes us feel good – for so many reasons, including:

  • Naturally occurring chemicals called Phenylethylamines stimulate neurotransmitters in the brain that are linked to positive emotions, such as joy and euphoria.
  • Anandamide, which also stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain and makes us feel happier.
  • Essential minerals that people are oftentimes deficient in: magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, and phosphorus.

We’re excited to spice up this Valentine’s day with a delicious recipe for cacao hearts that will put you in the best of moods!

Serves 10 pieces Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4 T Cacao Butter
  • 1 T Coconut oil
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 t Honey (or more to taste)
  • 2-3 T Cacao powder
  • 1/4 t Vanilla extract

Equipment:

  • Double boiler – or make your own
  • 1 tray with about 10 small heart shaped molds or any molds you might have

Directions: 

1. Melt: Add cacao butter and coconut oil to your double boiler bowl. Whisk together and allow to melt. Add sea salt, honey, cacao powder, vanilla and whisk well.

2. Mold: Pour the chocolate mixture into your tray mold, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, and remove it from the freezer 5-10 minutes before you plan on serving it. Enjoy!

Happy Valentines Day <3

Photo courtesy of Kyknoord