Love is really in the air, isn’t it? 😍♥
To keep reading, you’ll need to be ready for 4 things:
- Take your love for desserts to the next level.
- Make someone you love happy!
- Say I love you.
- And get deliciously HEALTHY!
Are you still with me? If yes, run to the kitchen and forget all the expensive gifts! Desserts are perfect to express your love and appreciation for that “special person”, friends or family. I will show you three desserts that are 100% inspired on Valentine’s Day. I mean… Covered in Chocolate Strawberry Kebabs, Red Heart Banana Muffins and a 2 min chocolate mug cake!
Who doesn’t love some chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day? They are the symbol of love, passion and a crowd favourite. I love them and for me they are the proper way to get this day going… Well, if your’re trying to stay fit like me, these healthy strawberry kebabs may be the right fix for you. They’re such a fancy adorable treat to surprise the people you love, but still nutritious and light. Now let’s cut straight to the chase, you’ll need to make a delicious pound cake and brownie batter too.
Ingredients for the pound cake: 1 cup of almond flour / ½ cup of coconut flour/ ¼ tablesp. of baking soda + baking powder/ ¼ cup of Greek yogurt/ 3 eggs/ 3 tablesp. of maple syrup/ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/ 3 tablesp. of olive oil/ lemon zest
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180ºC(350F) and line a squared cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, greek yogurt, olive oil, vanilla and lemon zest. Gently stir in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and baking powder. Bake for 15-20 min, until golden brown (do the toothpick test!).
Ingredients for the brownies: 2 eggs/4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil /3 tablesp. of maple syrup/3 tablesp.of brown sugar/ ½ cup of almond flour/ ¼ + 1 tablesp. of coconut flour/ ¼ tablesp.of baking soda + baking powder/ 6 tablesp.of cacau powder or cocoa powder
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180ºC(350F) and line a squared cake pan. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the melted coconut oil. Add the maple syrup and the sugar. Mix everything and add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and finally the cacau powder. Bake for 15 min until slightly toasted on top!
Red Heart Banana Muffins
These Red Heart Banana Muffins are simple, healthy and the perfect way to avoid a sugar rush in your blood. With the help of your blender, you can kick off a romantic night and sure impress (put the Stevie Wonder CD on too … isn’t she lovely!😚)
Ingredients: 2 cups of quick oats/ 2 bananas/ 2 eggs /120 g of greek yogurt or skyr/ ¼ tablesp. of baking powder / ¼ tablesp. of baking soda/ cinnamon/ 2 tablespoons of raspberry or cherry jam
Preparation: Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups. Bake them for 15-20 min or until they have risen and are slightly golden brown!
Chocolate Mug Cake for 2
Last, but not least, who can resist my 2 min chocolate mug cake? Top it with dark chocolate, fresh fruit or nuts. My last dessert looks so decadent, don’t you think? It has a light oaty flavour and it’s free from eggs and sugar. This is the easiest, most delicious way to eat a chocolate cake in the blink of an eye… Grab your lover or friend and share some cake!
Ingredients: 6 tablespoons of oat flour (or whole wheat flour or spelt flour)/1 tablesp. of cocoa powder/ 7 tablesp. of almond milk (dairy or not)/ 1 teasp. of coconut oil/ 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract/walnuts/chocolate pieces
Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a mug. Add your toppings. Microwave for 1-2 min and ENJOY!
It makes all sense to use chocolate on Valentine’s Day, so I thought “why not show you some amazing benefits of dark chocolate”? Remember: The higher percentage of cocoa, the less sugar and cocoa butter it will contain. Milk chocolate contains: 10-50% cocoa solids (really low!), Cocoa butter, milk and lots of sugar. Opt for chocolate with 70% of cocoa:
- Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which releases the same endorphins as when we are happy and excited. Just like falling in love….
- Flavanoids in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity and as a consequence it can reduce the rick of diabetes.
- Thereare stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine in cocoa, which can improve brain function!
- Dark chocolate is packed with lots of mineral, such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.
- Antioxidants too! Dark Chocolate has plenty of antioxidants that are absorbed easily by the blood and can battle free radicals before they do any damage.
- It helps protect your skin.
- It’s very nutritious and complete.
- It’s delicious and a happiness shot!
Chocolate is high on calories but choosing dark chocolate and eating it in moderated quantities may offer the greatest health benefits for you!