Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I have to say, I never really fully embraced the commercialism of Valentine’s Day. Unless eating endless amounts of chocolate counts. Then I embrace it everyday! Ha!
Doesn’t the title of this post just have your curiosity peaked? Guiltless chocolate….hmm that sounds questionable to me, but I’m not joking. I don’t joke about chocolate, that just doesn’t seem right. So when I say guiltless I mean it!
Now, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in chocolate lovers heaven and not feel bad about it. Believe it, because I’m about to knock your socks off with this Raw Chocolate Sauce Recipe.
Not only is it wonderful chocolatey, delicious goodness BUT, it is also super simple to make. And who doesn’t like that!? This recipe calls for 4 ingredients, dates, raw honey or pure maple syrup and raw cacao powder.
I like to purchase my cacao powder from Vitacost . I usually get my raw honey from the local farmers market and I just bought a big container of dates from Costco.
In my journey to healthier eating, I have found that recipes use dates for sweetness and thickeners in place of refined sugar and starches. They can be used for a multitude of things from salad dressing to desserts. Medjool dates are what I use most. Most grocery stores carry them. Whichever kind of date you decide to buy, just know that you most likely will have to pit them.
Dates make a great snack for kids and an even better snack if they are wrapped in bacon! Yum! I have a major sweet tooth. It has been my downfall on more than one occasion, but who’s counting? Usually in the late afternoon I crave something sweet. Sometimes, I’ll have a date or two and it helps kick that sweet craving to the curb. However, on special occasions, I like to indulge a little and have something like this amazing Raw Chocolate Sauce!
RAW CHOCOLATE SAUCE RECIPE
5 TBS cacao powder
1/2-3/4 maple syrup or raw honey
10 Medjool dates pitted and soaked
1 scoop (1/4 cup) of Arbonne’s Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder
Additional water one Tablespoon at a time until reaching your preferred consistency. I ended up using about 6 TBS.
Yields: Approximately 1 1/2 cups of chocolate sauce
Pit the dates, cover them with boiling water and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and place all ingredients in a high-powered mixer until smooth.
Yup, that’s it. Oh, except for the part where you can eat to your heart’s content! Dip in your favorite fruit (strawberries, oranges, cherries), use as a sauce over your favorite coconut milk “ice cream”, graham crackers, bacon (apparently I’m on a bacon kick)…pretty much anything because what doesn’t taste good dipped in chocolate?
So, make this and feel like a queen indulging in all that chocolate without the guilt!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day celebrating with the ones you love..make sure you tell them how much they mean to you… they may not know…and share chocolate..then there will be no question!
P.S. You can freeze the leftover chocolate sauce. Look at me here, leftover chocolate, who am I kidding! Ha! By some small chance that there is leftover sauce, you can pop it in the freezer. The next time you’re ready to use it just add a little water or milk (I use almond milk) to thin it out to the consistency you like.