Smart Sweet: Raw Chocolate Hearts

I can’t think of a better excuse than Valentine’s Day to make raw chocolate. Not that I need an excuse, but making the raw chocolate into heart-shaped delicious treats just makes it that much more special. Make these for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and they will be feeling the love. There’s no baking involved, only four ingredients, and they are loaded with antioxidants. And guess what, each one is only 60 – 80 calories!

 

 

Here are the step by step directions so you can see how they came to life.

Step 1: Combine all ingredients, except salt into bowl.

Step 2: Mix ingredients thoroughly. At first it may seem like the powder isn’t mixing but use a sturdy spatula to make sure the coconut oil and maple syrup are mixing well until it becomes a smooth, dark chocolate color.

Step 3: Spoon out mixture onto parchment paper and smooth out to an even surface. It’s up to you how thick you want your hearts. I didn’t smooth mine out perfectly, so there were a few different sizes.

Step 4: Place parchment paper with the chocolate in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Step 5: Once chocolate is hardened, either cut the shapes you want or use a small cookie cutter. I used a mini-heart cookie cutter and they turned out great.

Step 6: Sprinkle with Himalayan Salt and serve with goji berries. If storing, keep them in the freezer.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (75 g) cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut oil
  • sprinkle of pink Himalayan Salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except salt into bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients thoroughly. At first it may seem like the powder isn’t mixing but use a sturdy spatula to make sure the coconut oil and maple syrup are mixing well until it becomes a smooth, dark chocolate color.
  3. Spoon out mixture onto parchment paper and smooth out to an even surface. It’s up to you how thick you want your hearts. I didn’t smooth mine out perfectly, so there were a few different sizes.
  4. Place parchment paper with the chocolate in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  5. Once chocolate is hardened, either cut the shapes you want or use a small cookie cutter. I used a mini-heart cookie cutter and they turned out great.
  6. Sprinkle with Himalayan Salt and serve with goji berries. If storing, keep them in the freezer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour (in the fridge)
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Servings: 16 - 20

Calories: 70

Fat: 5g

Trans Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 100mg

Carbohydrates: 7g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 3g

Protein: 2g