Fall in love with these decadent sugar free chocolate strawberry hearts this Valentines Day. Not only are free of the sweet stuff, they’re also gluten-free and dairy-free making them the perfect healthy treat to enjoy with the one that you love.
Raw Chocolate Strawberry Hearts
The perfect sweet for your sweet on Valentines day or any day
- Strawberry Filling
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of stevia granules
- Raw Chocolate
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of cacao
- 1 teaspoon of stevia granules (optional if you like a sweeter raw chocolate)
- What you'll need
- A heart shaped chocolate mould (the moulds in the one I used were 3.5 centimetres or 1.4 inches across)
- Step 1 Place the strawberries, chia seeds, water and stevia in a blender and mix until smooth
- Step 2 Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan on a medium to low heat for 5-10 minutes stirring until the mixture thickens, and then set aside to cool
- Step 3 Once cooled spoon the mixture into heart shape chocolate moulds using the tips of your fingers to spread the filling to fill the entire mould if you need to
- Step 4 Place in the freezer for 50 minutes, or until the filling is solid
- Step 5 Meanwhile, make the raw chocolate by melting together the coconut oil, raw cacao and stevia in a small saucepan over a medium to low heat, until well combined and the stevia has fully dissolved. Take the saucepan off the heat and allow the chocolate to cool
- Step 6 Once cooled, remove the strawberry filing from the moulds and dip each heart into the chocolate (I use a skewer to avoid messy fingers). Then leave the hearts to set on a lined baking tray or chopping board in the freezer. This will take about 10 minutes
- Step 7 Remove from freezer and leave on the bench to defrost for a few minutes. Share one with your Valentine, or 2 if their lucky, then store in the fridge or freezer in a sealed container to enjoy later.
- Don’t make these a once a year treat. You could use the same recipe to make them any time of year in any shape or size.
- You can find stevia in the baking aisle of your local supermarket. Here at Health Trends Tested we use organic stevia from Natvia. But if you don’t have stevia, don’t worry. Just substitute 1 tablespoon of rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup. This will make the chocolates a low sugar treat, rather than sugar free, but they will still be free from refined sugar.
- If you have any strawberry filling left, its makes a yummy breakfast topper for oats, pancakes or toast, and will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
- Leftover raw chocolate? Just pour it into small patty cases and freeze for those times you need a sweet hit after dinner.
- And the good news for anyone doing the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program, these sweet treats are IQS friendly (just not between weeks 2-6 when your resetting your tastebuds).
What is your favourite healthy Valentines Day treat? Let me know in the comments below.