Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup!

A few ideas on how to say I love you with food :)

  • Superfood Chocolate - Easy, homemade chocolate fudge, free of refined sugar and packed with good-for-your ingredients.
  • Dreamy Chocolate Pudding - Your sweetie will NEVER guess that the base of this creamy pudding is actually avocado! Yum!
  • Stuffed Dates - Dates + peanut butter + chocolate = nature's snickers bar. Seriously.
  • Chocolate Cake - I don't like cake and I like this cake. Enough said.

AND... if you don't feel like making something homemade, check out this post for my favorite healthy chocolate bars: Healthy Chocolate Bar Review.

Superfood Chocolate

You guys. Happy Valentine's day! Do yourself [or your someone special] a favor and make this super easy homemade chocolate fudge today! It's packed with good for you ingredients like coconut oil and raw cacao, so you can indulge totally guilt-free.

Superfood Chocolate // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

*Note: Virgin (or Extra Virgin) Coconut Oil will have a slight coconut flavor/aroma while Refined Coconut Oil will not.

Instructions:

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper OR grab some silicone candy molds (fancy!). Note: You can also use a plastic tupperware container, in which case you do not need to use parchment paper as the chocolate will pop out of the plastic easily.
  2. Add all ingredients (except toppings) to your high speed blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. Pour chocolate into dish or molds, and sprinkle with toppings (if desired). Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate mixture has set. If you don’t use molds, you’ll want to cut the chocolate at this point into bite-sized squares.
  4. Store in the freezer for optimal freshness. ENJOY!
 
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Chocolate Cherry Acai Smoothie [+ surprising topping idea!]

I'm actually not a BIG chocolate smoothie person {shocking, right???}, but I love the combination of chocolate and acai.

This smoothie makes for a sweet breakfast, solid snack or a light dinner. It's pretty thick so I like to serve it in a bowl with lots of fun toppings like cacao nibs, granola, or (my most recent discovery) NewPop Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn.

I know what you might be thinking - popcorn on a smoothie? Are you nuts? But hear me out! NewPop is a NEW kind of popcorn (get it??!) that is skinless and popped under high pressure which locks in all the nutrients and flavor, without the annoying skin that always ends up stuck in your teeth.

NewPop tastes a little like puffed cereal, which is why I've been enjoying in on top of my smoothie. The only ingredients are non-GMO corn and a little bit of organic cane sugar (plus spices for some of the flavors!). No salt, oils, or butter.

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical when I opened my first bag of NewPop because it doesn't LOOK like popcorn. And honestly, it doesn't taste like traditional popcorn. BUT it is delicious in it's totally unique way.

The best part? This NewPop popcorn was WAY easier on my stomach. Often times the traditional stuff is hard for me to digest and leaves me feeling bloated. No issues with NewPop so that's a HUGE win in my book.

Learn more about NewPop + where you can buy here.

Now about that smoothie recipe... ;)

Chocolate Cherry Acai Smoothie // vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients (except toppings) to your high speed blender and blend until smooth. This will make a thick smoothie so you may need to add a bit more liquid to get it to blend up!

 

 

What's are your favorite smoothie toppings? Would you try popcorn on your smoothie?? Let me know in the comments below!

 

I was generously sent a variety of NewPop Popcorn products to sample, however all opinions are my own.

Treat yourself with these three sweet recipes!

Let's wrap this month up on a sweet note shall we?

Healthy doesn't have to mean deprivation, or totally giving up on desserts and sweets. It simply means finding better for you versions that taste great AND make you feel great. Yup, it's possible, and if you've been hanging out with me for a while you know it's something that I specialize in ;)

This week's tip: Find "upgraded" versions of your favorite sweet treats so that you can indulge with ZERO guilt (or belly aches).

Here are some easy recipes for you to start with:

- Love ice cream? Try Banana NICE Cream
- Craving a candy bar? Grab yourself a Stuffed Chocolate Date
- Cookie monster? Reach for one of these Raw PB Cookies (so healthy you can have them for breakfast!!)

Practice this: What's one treat you can "upgrade" this week? Maybe you use one of these recipes, or find one of your own, but commit to making ONE small shift this week. And let me know how it goes! Post a picture on social media or share in the comments below! I can't wait to hear how you TREAT YOURSELF!

CHOCOLATE = LOVE

THIS JUST IN: My superfood chocolate will be available for purchase at Tangerine Hot Power Yoga this weekend (Saturday 2/13 and Sunday 2/14), just in time for V-DAY. Show your someone special (or YOURSELF) some love and scoop up these insanely delicious chocolates before they are all gone! Or email me at emily@emilynachazel.com to place a special order (available in NYC only for now!)