Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, and whether or not you plan on celebrating with a significant other, there’s plenty you can do solo to treat yo’self. Here’s a few festive food and fun ideas to nourish yourself and show some love this holiday:
Chocolate Cherry No-Bake Balls
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
¼ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup old fashioned oats
½ cup unsweetened coconut, shreds or flakes
¼ cup chia or hemp seeds
¾ cup natural nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower…)
¼ cup maple syrup
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients with a spatula.
Scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of mixture into your hands. Roll and press into bites. Keep in refrigerator for up to a week.
Raspberry Nutella Mug Cake
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)
1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam or preserves
Fresh raspberries, for serving
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder until thoroughly, completely combined with no streaks of flour or cocoa powder remaining. Blend in milk, butter, and vanilla until batter is smooth. Pour batter into a 14-ounce (or larger) microwave-safe mug with straight sides.
Combine Nutella and raspberry jam and dollop into the center of the mug, gently pressing down until even with the top of the batter. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and top with a few fresh raspberries before serving.
Salted Chocolate-Dipped Orange Slices
Recipe inspired by deliciouslyyum.com
5 mandarin oranges
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Peel the oranges. In a microwave-safe bowl (or in a double-boiler), melt chocolate chips. Dip each orange slice halfway into the chocolate and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt until all slices are prepared. Put sheet refrigerator for 10 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Will keep for up to 2 days in airtight container in refrigerator.