Valentine’s Indulgence: Raw Chocoloate Blueberry Coconut Lovehearts Recipe

vegan-blueberry-coconut-chocolate-hearts13th February 2014

By  Trinity Bourne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

I adore finding healthful ingredients, full of antioxidants, vitamins and all round nutritional goodness, and weaving them together to create delicious, fun, healthy, indulgent treats.

I created these ‘raw chocoloate blueberry coconut lovehearts’  for my own sweetheart this morning – they certainly are the perfect thing to gift to a friend or lover and really show that you care on so many levels.

Enjoy and please do let me know how you get on.

From my heart to yours,  Trinity

Lovehearts Recipe

Makes:  12 chocolate lovehearts (approx.)

Preparation time:  40 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate ingredients:

50g raw cocoa butter

50g raw cocoa powder

3 tablespoons raw coconut sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling ingredients:

70g fresh blueberries

40g coconut butter

1 medjool date (pitted)

You will also need:  

A heart shaped chocolate mold with 12 hearts. You can use any chocolate mold shape if you’d prefer a different shape.

Instructions

To make the chocolate:

Grating-cocoa-butterStep One:  ‘Shave’ the solid cocoa butter with a sharp knife or grater. Shaving is just really thin slicing that makes the cocoa butter crumble. The finer you can get it, the easier it will be to melt. You can leave it in big chunks if you like, but be prepared to wait a while for it to melt.

Step Two:  Melt the cocoa butter. You can do this by leaving it in a warm place in a heat proof glass bowl by a fire or directly above a hot radiator. It melts at 34ËšC. The idea is to melt it, rather than cook it, maintaining its ‘un-cookedness’. If you don’t have a gentle heat source then use a hob or stove.

Melting-cocoa-butter-in-panPut the cocoa butter in a small, oven proof, glass bowl and then put that bowl in a pan containing an inch or so of really hot water. Keep the hob/stove burning on a low heat. The heat will then transfer through the bowl, enough to melt the cocoa butter. Give it frequent stirs to assist the melting process. Don’t keep it on the heat any longer than it takes to melt it.

The best time to use it is when it has just melted. If it is too hot, then it takes longer to cool down and the coconut sugar will sink to the bottom of the chocolate when added.

Step Three:  Add the coconut sugar to the melting cocoa butter during step two. The melting cocoa butter will help to soften and dissolve the sugar.

Step Four:  When the cocoa butter has finally melted, mix in the cocoa powder and any other remaining ingredients.

Here’s the fun part!

Making the chocolate hearts:

Place 1 teaspoon of your melted chocolate mixture into each heart shaped well. When you’ve put some in every heart, pop them into the freezer whilst you prepare and blend the filling ingredients.

Prepare the filling:

Blend all the filling ingredients together thoroughly and leave on the side whilst you make the chocolate.

Making chocolate hearts continued:

Choc-lovehearts-fillingTake your hearts out of the freezer (after about 10 minutes worth of chilling) and place the blueberry filling into each one. This is slightly fiddly (I have a really good laugh doing it). Use a teaspoon and a knife to help the process… Take about ½ a teaspoon of filling and gently dollop it on top of the freshly chilled chocolate hearts. Aim right for the middle of the heart. You’ll find that some always hits the edges… simply tease it back with your knife to create a thin gap at the edges (you’ll see why next).

Take the rest of your melted chocolate (you should have some left – if not – make some more) and pour 2 or 3 teaspoons over each dollop. Place your tray of hearts straight into the freezer to help your chocolates set. This should be ready in about 15 minutes. You can also set them by leaving in the fridge or any cool place (but allow extra time for setting).

Enjoy and please do share. I love hearing feedback.

From my heart to yours,
Trinity

Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen

From the  Editor:

Trinitys Conscious Kitchen - book coverDid you enjoy this recipe? Keen to try out more healthy, indulgent treats? Check out Trinity’s new book,  Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen!

Published in November 2013 by long-time  Wake Up World  contributor, Trinity Bourne,  Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen  brings together a unique collection of vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free recipes that are good for the body and great for the soul.  Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen is a divinely inspired invitation into a world of transformational eating, introducing original vegan, wheat-free, sugar-free recipes designed to create optimal health, and greater spiritual, mental and emotional clarity.

Trinity began her journey into conscious eating after a profound spiritual awakening in 1995, transcending into a higher realm of unity and oneness. This experience imparted a divine energy that she has been sharing through her spiritual work ever since.

Trinity is delighted to bring you this unique and delicious collection of compassionate and thought provoking recipes, inspired by years of catering for spiritual retreats and events. Through her book, Trinity gives you a range of unique, healthy recipes, and invites you to explore what resonates into your daily life.

Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen  is available now on  Amazon.com

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About the author:

Trinity s Conscious KitchenTrinity is the author of ‘Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen’, a recipe book designed to inspire soul through conscious cuisine. It’s filled with simple, delicious vegan, wheat-free recipes for spiritual evolution.

Trinity’s journey into conscious eating began about twenty years ago during a profound spiritual awakening, at which point a white light surged though her whole being, dissolving everything it touched, radiating the entire field around her until there was nothing but the pure white light of unity consciousness. During this life-changing experience Trinity experienced the soul of all other sentient beings, trees, creatures, people as one pulsating energy. Transcended into a higher realm of unity and oneness, the experience imparted a divine energy that she has been sharing through spiritual work ever since.

Visit Trinity’s new website  www.trinityskitchen.com  for conscious cuisine or  www.Openhandweb.org  for a huge archive of deep insights for the spiritual journey (a website Trinity supports along with her soul-mate and husband ‘Open’).

 


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