A valentine's treat to melt all hearts by Lilo Ask-Henriksen

Want to make a special treat for your loved one, or yourself, for Valentine’s Day? This recipe is packed with healthy antioxidants and fat for rejuvenated and glowing skin. Can you ask for a better treat for this Valentine’s?



Ingredients

1 Ripe Avocado

3 Medjool dates

2 tbsp Cacao powered (plus extra for rolling/coating)

Pinch Pink Himalaya Salt

Optional: 2 tbsp honey, maple syrup (depends on preferred sweetness)


Method


1. Add all the ingredients to your food processor or high-speed blender. Blitz until smooth and creamy.

2. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool in the fridge for a couple of hours, or freezer for shorter amount of time, to firm up so that you can roll them easier.

3. Roll 2 teaspoons of the mixture into balls and roll in the extra cacao to coat.

Optional: you can add the mixture into mould(s) if you don’t want to roll them.

4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer


If you don’t have time to make your own delicious chocolates for Valentine’s Day, there’s no shame in buying and you can find some really tasty and healthy ones too.


My absolute favourite are the almond salted caramel chocolate truffles by Booja Booja; their truffles are melt in your mouth – and the good news is, they don't contain any nasty ingredients and are vegan friendly. Booja Booja is certified vegan and organic by the Soil Association, so they are fulfilling fair-trade principals.


Other healthy and vegan friendly options I tend you go for are Goodio and Kaakao.


Goodio is handmade in Helsinki, Finland using organic, wild and locally sourced ingredients. They also support the Ubuntu Foundation. Together they have launched Café Ubuntu chocolate which helps fund programs for women and special needs children in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.


Kaakao is UK made by it's Finnish founder, Stephanie Seege, who having suffered with severe allergies and eczema as a child, has made it her mission to make tasty snacks and treats that are suitable for all. Kaakao is vegan and only uses natural ingredients.


Although none of the above are fair trade certified, they all have natural, wild and organic ingredients. Certified organic means they tick the boxes of looking after the environment, the soil, the animals and also the health of the people.


Lilo Ask-Henriksen is a writer, photographer, digital marketing strategist and eco influencer dedicated to finding healthier and kinder ways to live. She is founder of Honey&Roots, a leading sustainable and conscious lifestyle blog and instagram channel. In 2019, Lilo made it to the final in the BOOM Hero Awards: Best Organic Food Blogger, by the Soil Association, and she was an official judge for the Sustainable Lifestyle Awards.

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