Valentine’s Day is usually filled with mystery flavored chocolates + those random chalky hearts [what are those made out of?], so we decided to give you guys some delicious + nutritious Valentine’s treats to treat yourself, a friend, or your Valentine!
All of these recipes include dark chocolate. Did you know that dark chocolate has been proven to actually be good for you? Studies have shown that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two-three times each week can actually help lower blood pressure! Not only that, but it also is full of antioxidants, high in vitamins + minerals! Moral of the story, dark chocolate = perfection.
DARK CHOCO RASPBERRIES
This recipe is one of the simplest, easiest, *why didn’t I think of this before?* recipes. It’s perfect if you just need a hint of something sweet + don’t have a ton of time! ++ this is perfect for Valentine’s Day because they look like hearts! I promise you can’t mess this recipe up ; )
Ingredients — Raspberries + Dark Chocolate Chips
Take 1 raspberry + 1 dark choco chip + place the chip into the hole of the raspberry! That’s it — enjoy!
Remember how your mom used to slip random healthy things into meals when you were little in hopes you wouldn’t notice? Well — this is kinda like that! One of my favorite things to do is slip protein//random healthy additives into recipes — especially desserts! ++ this recipe has avocado + protein in it [say what?] ++ you cannot taste it whatsoever — #forreal. I made my boyfriend try it [without telling him the ingredients] + had him guess + he had no idea + actually liked them!
Ingredients — 1 small ripe Avocado + 6 oz Dark Chocolate + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract + 2 tbsp Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder [for rolling] + 2 tsbp Quest Chocolate Protein Powder [for rolling]
1] In microwave safe bowl, melt the 6 oz dark chocolate. Meanwhile, cut + pit the avocado — mash until smooth [with no clumps!].
2] Once the chocolate has melted, combine the melted chocolate + mashed avocado + vanilla extract — mix until smooth [I used a hand mixer for this to get to to a cake like texture]!
3] Next, place the mixture in the refrigerator until firm to the touch [about 30-45 min].
*This mixture is very messy when it is not firm + will make rolling almost impossible! If you need to do this quicker place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
4] While the mixture is firming, using a fork combine 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 2 tbsp Quest Chocolate Protein Powder into a small bowl.
5] When the mixture has firmed up begin scooping 1-2 tbsp of the mixture into your hands + roll into a ball.
6] After the the mixture has been formed, roll the truffles in the powder mix [this makes it amazing ++ you can choose to put as much or as little as you want].
7] Plate + snap an insta pic + enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the fridge!
*If you want to sneak even more protein into this recipe try adding 1-2 tbsp of protein into the mixture itself — just be sure to mix well!
Send help… I. Cannot. Stop. Eating. These. but — I am totally okay with it! These, like the raspberry recipe, is super easy + pretty quick! ++ This recipe is a hit with everyone — my entire family loved them + keep asking me to make more!
Ingredients — 2 cups Blueberries [fresh!] + 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips + ½ cup Walnuts [chopped!]
1] In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup dark chocolate chips [make sure to stir occasionally so the ones on the bottom do not burn!]
2] Once the chocolate has melted, mix in the blueberries [coating all of the berries evenly!]
3] Cover a baking pan, or plate, with parchment paper + scoop 1 *cluster* onto the pan [mine were a little larger than 1 tbsp each] + top the cluster with walnuts. You can use any kind of nuts — walnuts are just my fav! : )
4] Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes!
5] Run to the fridge + shove the first one in your mouth as fast as possible + don’t share + enjoy ; ) [just kidding… #sharingiscaring]
I made this recipe a while back on my blog + became obsessed with them! ++ I told y’all I like making protein filled treats; ) These would be perfect to wrap up in a box with a bow + a cute card to give to a friend for V-day!
Ingredients – 1 Single Serving Pack Chocolate AboutTime Protein Powder [use the code CHAARGSBFP for 25% off!] + 1/4 cup Egg Whites + 1/4 cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt + 1/4 cup Almond Meal + 1 tbsp Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder + 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract + 1 tsp Honey
1] Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2] In a medium sized mixing bowl combine wet ingredients — mix well!
3] Next, mix in dry ingredients — mix well!
4] Place 1 large tbsp of mixture into a greased muffin tin [this recipe makes enough to make 6 muffins].
4] Bake for 15 minutes + share with all your girls!
There are few things a CHAARG girl loves more than chocolate + a nice warm cup o’coffee, when you combine them *magic happens*! YOU GUYS — you NEED to try Pure 7’s espresso flavored dark chocolate! The lightly sweetened dark chocolate has crushed coffee beans stirred into the bar. The dark chocolate + coffee combo has an amazingly smooth + rich flavor. This is a V-Day must have — pair it with your morning coffee, save it for an afternoon treat, or [for those of you of age ; )] pour yourself a nice glass of red + indulge!
Ahhh, a lil’ extra love is in the air today because it’s almost Valentines Day! [A holiday that encourages eating chocolate? You can’t get much more amazing than that!!] We want you to show some love to yourself today + share how you’re treating yourself this V-day weekend. [Bonus points to anyone using dark chocolate ; )] Make sure to tag #CHAARGSBFP + @CHAARG in your posts!
// FEATURED BEACH BAG PRODUCT: Pure 7 Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar. YEP. You just read that correctly. Pure 7 chocolates are handmade by two amazing women who believe in using all natural ingredients to nourish your body. Their mission is to inspire others to live a healthy life by showing that eating can be both mindful + delicious! [They sound like a couple of CHAARG girls ; )] Follow @Pure7 on twitter + @Pure7Chocolate on insta for more inspiration on healthy living + chocolate love. We are so thankful to have this amazing company a part of the #CHAARGSBFP.
I know my Valentine’s Day will be sweet with all you wonderful people in it + it’ll be even sweeter with recipes like this in your life! Be sure to share with us if you make one of our recipes + what you thought : ). Tag #CHAARGeats!
Happy Valentine’s Day CHAARGies!
xox, Morgan [@morgsimp_inchaarg], LSU CHAARG