Are you excited for Valentine’s Day? My husband and I don’t really do much for it. We don’t get each other presents. We sometimes go out for dinner, nothing fancy. This year, we’re actually going to spend our afternoon & evening volunteering together (stay tuned for that post!). As a grown up, I don’t find the day particularly exciting. But as a kid, my family always made a huge deal out of it. My dad would buy us all large bouquets of flowers, lots of chocolates and candies and even some other gifts like cd’s and clothes.
I don’t need presents. But I do need chocolates! And if Terry doesn’t buy me any, then I’ll make my own!
Chocolate Coconut Creams (makes 30ish mini chocolates)
1 cup of cacao butter
3/4 cup unsweetened and raw cocoa powder
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 can of full fat coconut milk stashed in the fridge for a least 8 hours
a few tbsp of shredded, unsweetened coconut
Start by melting your cacao butter in a medium pot on the stove. Once it has melted, sift in your cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Add your maple syrup and stir. Grab your mini chocolate moulds (or ice cube trays or mini cupcake liners), pour a bit of chocolate into each one. You don’t need much, just enough to cover the bottom of your mould. Put your chocolate coated moulds into the freezer for 10 minutes.
While your chocolate hardens, take your coconut milk out of the fridge. Open the can and carefully scoop the hardened cream off the top and put it into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer (or a good whisk), beat the cream until it becomes fluffy. I added a bit of the coconut milk from the bottom of the can to help fluff it out.
Remove your chocolate moulds from the freezer, add a tiny dollop of whipped cream to the centre, cover it with the shredded coconut and then pour enough of the chocolate mixture to fill the mould. I had leftover coconut cream. Perfect for smoothies.
Place the prepared moulds in the freezer for a few hours until they set (2 hours minimum). Then pop the chocolates out of the moulds.
Mmmm chocolatey coconutty goodness…
I thought it would be prudent to try a few before serving them to others to make sure they taste ok.
What Valentine’s Day Chocolate are you looking forward to?
I shared this delectable recipe at the Plant Based Potluck Party