Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentines Chocolate Special and a Raw Dessert Recipe


With Valentines Day just around the corner it's time to start thinking about chocolate! Mmm my favorite treat. How will you be celebrating? J and I will be in Calgary for the night. If you know of any great restaurants there, let me know. 


Now you can order my organic raw vegan chocolates to celebrate this day of love! Treat the one you love with healthy, delicious chocolates. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself ;)


Here's what's available from the Sweetly Raw Chocolate Shop. I'm taking online orders (for North America) from now until February 6th. All orders placed in the next 24 hours (night of Jan 16th) will receive a free raw chocolate macaroon

For full details and to order, email me: heather@sweetlyraw.com

Caramel Pecan Choccie Clusters
Pecans and caramel wrapped in rich dark chocolate

Caramel Cinnamon Nut Cluster
Pecans and cinnamon caramel wrapped in rich dark chocolate

Chocolate Truffles - Silky chocolate centers wrapped in rich dark chocolate. 6 flavors: dark chocolate, orange, mint, coconut, cinnamon spice, banana. Box of 6 or 12. 

Pink or white boxes


Jumbo Almond Butter Cups
Sweet stone ground almond butter filling encased in dark chocolate, topped with crunchy almonds.

Jumbo Peanut Butter Cups 
Sweet peanut butter filling encased in dark chocolate, topped with peanuts (peanut butter filling not raw).


All raw, vegan, organic, gluten free, grain free.

What better way to kick off Valentines Day than with a raw dessert recipe featuring chocolate?! It's only right, right?


Chocolate Pecan Brownies with Maple Maca Ice Cream and Spiced Apple Compote

This dessert is sure to get you and your sweetheart in "the mood", as it's filled with cacao, maca, cinnamon, and a little spice. I like to drizzle it with chocolate sauce too (it makes a great edible body paint).


Chocolate Pecan Brownie

The maple sugar provides not only great flavor, but a neat texture in this brownie. If you don't have access to maple sugar you can coconut sugar. 

4 cups pecans
1/2 cup pitted packed dates
1/4 cup maple sugar
2/3 cup cacao powder
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch Himalayan salt

Grind the pecans into crumbs in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process into a moist, crumbly dough. Press the mixture into an 8x8" or 9x9" pan. Chill and slice into squares before serving. 

Maple Maca Ice Cream

Steam things up by giving your significant other lots of maca!

2 cups cashews
2 cups water
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 - 2/3 cup maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons maca powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Taste. It should be on the sweet side as the sweetness will decreased when frozen. Chill for a few hours. 
Process through an ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions 
OR fill ice cube trays and freeze, then puree in a high speed blender using the tamper. 

Spiced Apple Compote

This compote doesn't need to be dehydrated, but it does make a difference - it takes on a wonderful "cooked" texture, and the flavors get a chance to mingle. I find that the spices and fruit help balance out the chocolate and maple. Plus, the spices will help you get spicy in the bedroom (or kitchen)!  

4 medium apples, peeled, cored
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins, or chopped dried figs*
2 tablespoons goji berries
2 dates, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Pinches cardamom
Cayenne, to taste, optional

Soak the raisins and goji berries in enough water to cover for 2-4 hours. Drain. 
In a food processor, chop the apples into small pieces. 
Add the remaining ingredients to the apples, including the drained fruit, and stir together.
Process half the mixture until smooth. Fold into the other half. 
Dehydrate for a few hours at 115F, until the apples take on a warm, "cooked" feel. 

*Use figs for a super aphrodisiac effect


For more details and to place a raw chocolate order, email:   heather@sweetlyraw.com All mail out orders must be placed by February 5th (but can be shipped out as late as February 11th)

All orders places within the next 24 hours (evening of Jan 16th) will receive a free raw chocolate macaroon.

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