Valentines Chewy Chocolate Squares and Chocolate Maca Cups

Happy Valentines Day (almost)! Have you been busy making healthy raw chocolate treats to celebrate the occasion? I'd love to hear about what you made. Do you have special plans for the 14th with your loved one?

I have two awesome recipes to share with you today, both involving chocolate of course 😉

First Chewy Raw Chocolate Squares is a recipe I posted last summer and have made them several times since. They're only sweetened with dates and are rich and delicious.

Chewy Chocolate Squares
1 1/4 cup almond flour*
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped**
2 teaspoons water, or as needed
Combine the flours and dates in a food processor until ground down. Add water starting with 1 teaspoon. Pulse to combine. Add the second teaspoon if needed so that the mixture holds together when pressed. 
*Either blanched almond flour (which is what I used) or finely ground almonds (sift to get out the leftover chunks)
**Measure 1/2 cup pitted and then chop.
1 1/2 cup well packed, pitted dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
9-10 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (what I used) or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Puree the dates in a food processor (may have to scrape down a few times). 
Add the coconut oil, cacao, vanilla and salt. Puree again until smooth. 
Once the mixture is completely smooth (takes a few minutes), add the oil and process until its incorporated. 
Spread the mixture over the crust. 
Chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours or in the freezer for 4-6 hours. 
Drizzle raw chocolate and coconut flakes on top (after chilling). Slice into bars. 
*Full fat canned or fresh young coconut pulp blended with water = must be thick. OR thick cashew milk.

My next recipe is one I wrote for Vivapura's blog (I love being their official new blogger - and FYI: you always get FREE shipping on orders over $75)! Raw Chocolate Maca Cashew Cups are insanely good!!!! I will be making these again and again…. and once you sample the filling, beware. You might want to eat it all before getting it into the chocolate shells lol. Find the recipe HERE.

Happy Valentines Day! 
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