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Something Called Valentine

When I was really young (middle school young) I had crushes on boys like unwrapping candies. Weeks before it was Valentine’s Day I would run to the bookshop to buy those happy, sappy love cards with Forever Friends bears on it (remember?) and to make it a little more ‘special’ I wrote down an even more happy, sappy poem that I found on the internet. On the day itself I never had the guts to give it to that special someone. So those cards ended up hidden somewhere deep and away from daylight. I promised myself that I would never ever spend a penny on a Valentines card again. That was after 5 miserable attempts to give the card.

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To this day I have a love and hate relationship with Valentine’s Day, because it never worked out for me (or maybe it was the wrong guy). For those who are celebrating this day I’ve taken a nose dive into my pantry and whipped up two batches of chocolate ‘truffles’. These little guys are not only super tasty and easy to make, they’re overall super healthy. These truffles are filled with healthy fats, sugars, vitamins and minerals to celebrate health and love. So eat as many as you want! If you are not making these for your loved one, just make them for yourself! You don’t even have to wait till Valentine’s Day then …

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Till death do us part
Makes 13 little truffles

4 Medjool Dates
3 Dried figs
1/2 cup Almonds
1 tbs flaxseeds
3 tbs (raw) chocolate powder
1 tbs coconut oil
1/4 tbs pink pepper corns
1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries

Add the freeze dried raspberries and pink pepper corns in a mortar. Grind till a chunky powder and set aside.

Add the almonds in the food processor and pulse until it releases some oils. Add the pitted dates, figs, flaxseeds and raw cocoa-powder. Pulse until everything is combined. Form little balls with a 1 1/2 diameter. Roll them in raspberry-peppercorn powder.

Chocolate salty balls
Makes 9 little truffles

3 Medjool Dates
2 tbs (raw) chocolate powder
1/2 tbs coconut oil
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1 tbs rolled oats
2 tsb cacao nibs
2 tbs cashew butter or peanut butter
tiny pinch of salt

Start with grinding the cashew nuts to a fine powder. Then add the dates, flaxseeds and cocoa-powder and pulse until everything is combined to sticky chunks. Grab a tablespoon of the mixture and form a little ball. Flatten the ball so you can add a little bit of cashew butter in the middle. Fold the sides up and gently roll them into a little ball. Roll them in some raw cacao powder.

Wrap them all individually in a small piece of parchment paper if you like and put them in a air tight jar. Give it a cut little ribbon and you are ready to give! You can keep it up good for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

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