10 Raw Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes
It's only a week until Valentine's Day. Do you have any fun plans? While I believe in enjoying healthy chocolate/desserts, and giving our loved ones special treatment all the time, it's still fun to make fun treats for this occasion. In my last post I mentioned making heart shaped frosted sugar cookies with my mom growing up. It's a fun tradition that I hope to do with my own kids when the time comes. I'm happy to have a healthy raw vegan sugar cookie recipe to go to now (and I've included this in today's feature).
So here it is! 10 of my raw vegan chocolate and dessert recipes that would be great for Valentine's Day. I will most definitely be indulging in chocolate, champagne, good food, and good company on February 14th.
1. Raw Vanilla Donuts with White Chocolate Coconut Frosting
This is a tasty use for almond pulp! The pulp gives them a soft texture. I made pink sprinkles by tossing together shredded coconut with some beet powder. Worked like a charm!
Raw Vanilla Donuts
2/3 cup cashews
1 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup packed almond pulp
1/2 cup pitted packed dates, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
Finely grind the cashews and coconut in a food processor. Add the almond pulp, chopped dates, and vanilla powder. Process into a smooth dough. Roll into 12 balls. Slightly press down on each one and then use your finger to make a hold through the centre of each one. You may have to pinch some of the dough back together as it will crack a bit when you create the hole.
White Chocolate Coconut Frosting
6 tablespoons melted coconut butter
1/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup maple syrup, agave, or coconut nectar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons melted cacao butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Let it sit to thicken slightly, but if the frosting starts thickening too much set the bowl over a pot of hot water to loosen it up. Spoon the frosting over each donut. Sprinkle coconut on top.
2. Raspberry Chocolate Brownies
Who can resist a healthy raw, vegan, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free brownie containing chocolate and raspberry cream?!
2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup pitted, packed dates - chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon melted cacao paste
Grind the almonds down to flour in a food processor. Add the dates, cacao powder, and vanilla. Process until the dates are completely broken down. Add the melted cacao paste and process to incorporate. Press the dough into a plastic wrap lined small bread pan (about 3 inches by 4-5 inches). Try doubling the rcipe for an 8x8" pan.
1 cup raspberries
1/3 cup cashews
2 tablespoons coconut flakes
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Blend all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until smooth. Add the oil and blend to incorporate. Pour the cream over the brownies and spread evenly. Chill in the freezer for 6-8 hours and then transfer to the fridge for at least 6 hours.
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon raw cashew or almond butter
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Sift the cacao powder into a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. The mixture should be fluid and smooth. If it starts to firm up or get too thick, set it over a bowl of hot water while whisking. Drizzle over the brownies. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Slice into 8 pieces.
1 tablespoon goji berries
Fresh or frozen raspberries
Grind the goji berries in a coffee grinder. Sprinkle both berries over the brownies.
3. Chocolate Strawberry Donut Holes
These gems consist of a soft chocolate dough filled with strawberry chia jam, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with goji berries. Don't be intimidated by the long looking procedure for these balls. I just wrote out every little thing, lol. While yes, they do take a bit of time because there are 3 steps involved, they're actually quite easy and straight forward to make.
Chocolate Strawberry Donut Holes
1 very full cup frozen strawberries*
1 1/2 tablespoons goji berries
4 drops of stevia
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chia seed
Let the strawberries thaw. Mash them in a bowl and add the goji berries, stevia and coconut oil. Make sure the mixture is room temperature at this point or the coconut oil will harden and clump. Stir in the chia seeds. Let me jam sit on the counter for several hours, stirring occasionally to prevent the chia from clumping. Transfer to the fridge at let sit at least 8 hours (I leave it overnight) to thicken.
Once the jam has thickened, let it chill in the freezer while making the dough. You want it to be semi frozen for easy of getting it into the dough.
*Its important for the strawberries to be frozen so that they can thaw and create enough liquid to let the chia absorb it.
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup lightly packed almond pulp*
1/2 cup pitted packed dates - finely chopped
3 tablespoons cacao powder, or more if desired
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
Grind the walnuts down to crumbs in a food processor. DO NOT over process or they will become oily. Add all remaining ingredients and process until a smooth dough is achieved. Its important that the dates are chopped finely so that you don't have to over process the dough. Take 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into balls. Use your finger to make a deep indent that the jam fill fit into. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon semi frozen jam into each indent and close the dough up around it, making sure its sealed (use a bit of extra dough to patch it up if needed), and then roll into a ball (the dough is pliable so it rolls easily). Chill in the fridge/freezer while making the chocolate.
*leftover from making almond milk. I like to keep it in the freezer for recipes like this.
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 - 3 1/2 tablespoons agave, maple syrup, or coconut nectar
1/4 cup cacao powder
Add the coconut oil and sweetener into a bowl. Sift in the cacao powder. Whisk all together. Dip half of each ball into the chocolate mixture. Turn it over (so that the chocolate is now on the top) and set it on a parchment paper lined tray. Sprinkle with powdered or whole goji berries*.
*Powder the goji berries in a coffee grinder
4. Swirly Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes
5. Raw Chocolate Maca Cashew Love Cups
Maca is one of my favourite super foods and since its great for libido, this recipe should be included in this roundup. Dark chocolate shells filled with a creamy maca cashew filling. Yes please! Find my recipe HERE.
6. Decadent Raw Chocolate Cheesecake
The PERFECT dessert to end a special Valentine dinner with your loved one. I love this cake served with some raw vanilla ice cream to balance out the richness of it. Find the recipe HERE.
7. Coconut Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies
These cute heart shaped coconut cookies studded with crunchy cacao nibs are sure to please the young and old! Find the recipe HERE.
8. Cookie Dough Chocolate Pudding
Creamy dairy-free chocolate pudding with chunks of no-bake cookie dough throughout. This is easy to make and soooo tasty! Find the recipe HERE.
9. Chewy Chocolate Squares
These are exactly as their title says: chocolatey, chewy, and totally delicious! They're sweetened only with dates. Find the recipe HERE.
10. Chocolate Coconut Mulberry Squares
Hard dark chocolate chunks studded with coconut and mulberries. These are so good, especially if you love mulberries like I do. You can find the recipe HERE.
11. Raw Frosted Sugar Cookies
I said 10 recipes, but I almost forgot to include the sugar cookies! So here's the recipe, finishing up our healthy Valentine's Day treat roundup.
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