Like You Needed an Excuse to Eat Chocolate

Ooh it’s almost Valentine’s Day and while I find the idea of waiting for a set day in the calendar to show someone how much you love them RIDICULOUS, I’ll tell you what’s not ridiculous: any excuse to get your hands on chocolate.

If February 14th is not enough of an excuse, here’s a few more:

Chocolate (a quality piece with 70% cocoa or more)…

  • helps release serotonin and endorphins which help relieve anxiety and give you feelings of pleasure,
  • has anti-aging properties thanks to it’s impressive antioxidant levels, and
  • helps make blood vessels more flexible.

Ready to eat some now?

Here’s an easy and healthy-ish way to enjoy chocolate from my chocolate e-recipe book, “If It’s Not Chocolate, It’s Not Worth It” that you can use to impress your valentine, impress yourself, or eat it just because…who needs a reason?

Click the video below to see how it’s done.

Recipe: Chocolate Truffles with Orange

Ingredients

⅓ cup almond milk
1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips or chunks (70% or more cocoa)
flavorings (see below)
1/3 cup cocoa powder or raw cacao powder

Directions

  1. Place almond milk in a double boiler (over about two inches of water in the bottom pan) over medium heat. NOTE: If you don’t have a double boiler, just put a heat-proof mixing bowl (aka “not plastic”) over a pan.
  2. If using a flavoring (optional), add it now and let it steep for five minutes. Here I used 1 tbsp of fresh orange zest but you could try all sorts of things like chopped candied ginger or even steeping a tea bag (peppermint or earl grey is great!) in the milk.
  3. Turn off heat and immediately add chocolate, stirring until it melts and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  4. Pour melted chocolate into a heat-proof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for one hour (or fridge for a few hours).
  5. Place 1/3 cup of cocoa powder (or raw cacao) in a shallow bowl, sifting with a fine mesh strainer to remove clumps.
  6. When chocolate is set (you can add a tablespoon of cocoa powder directly to the mixture and stir if it’s still too watery), scoop out 1 tbsp at a time, roll into a ball between your palms, and roll in the cocoa powder to coat.
  7. Repeat with remaining chocolate and enjoy!

You can also roll them in finely chopped nuts or dried coconut.

Chocolate Orange Truffles Hermes

You can grab this recipe and 10 more easy, gluten-free, vegan, healthy-ish chocolate recipes in my chocolate recipe e-book here.

What’s your favorite chocolate pairing? Mint? Peanut butter? Or are you a chocolate purist? Let me know in the comments below.

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