Valentine’s Day! Forget Godiva, Make Your Own!

photo (39)1Valentine’s Day is almost here! Forget Godiva and Hershey’s! Make your own chocolate from scratch and dip your own fruit for your honey bunny! I’ve made my own recipe for raw chocolate and dipped different fruits in the chocolate and then topped them with unsweetened coconut, crushed pistachios and hazelnuts, and sliced almonds. Feel free to change-up what you’ve got lying around for fruit and your dipping extras. I really wanted to still have my mangoes sitting on the counter, they would have been perfect with chocolate! Everything in this recipe is raw!! You just need a little prep time and some time in the freezer and you’re guaranteed to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter! 😉 Here’s to sweethearts and sweet holidays! (Without all the guilt!)

Ingredients:

Chocolate:

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 cup raw honey

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Pinch Himalayan sea salt

Pinch Cayenne pepper

Fruit and Extras for Dipping:

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 10-12 ripe strawberries
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios
  • handful sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Add 2 cups of water to a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Place glass bowl on top of pot, add coconut oil. Allow oil to melt from the heat passing through the bowl. Add cacao, honey, cinnamon, and cayenne. Whisk well. You should have a chocolate sauce. Keep stirring for about a minute so it thickens. Dip fruit in chocolate and immediately roll or sprinkle nuts and coconut on top. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet or in plastic container. Lay fruit on parchment paper. Place in freezer for an hour or more to allow the chocolate to harden. Remove from freezer and serve!!

Notes:

I did…

  • strawberries plain and with hazelnuts
  • bananas with almonds
  • pineapple with pistachios
  • apples with coconut
Kelly Roberts
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Kelly is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Balanced Living Health and Wellness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ® For the past eight years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. She also offers private one on one sessions, as well as in-home training. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free.