BY: Lively Staff

February 9, 2018

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Candy Hearts

Do it yourself this Valentine’s Day by making a healthy chocolate recipe for your loved ones (and you should eat them too!).

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means you should be celebrating all things chocolate. Whether you are spending the day with a significant other, friends or solo, making this DIY healthy chocolate recipe should be on your to-do list.

Really, Valentine’s Day is about showing love toward yourself and others, and making delicious, healthy food is one great way to show someone you love them. Buying store-bought chocolate might seem like an easy way out, but most chocolate you find in the grocery store contains sketchy ingredients or, at the very least, refined sweeteners. In this do-it-yourself recipe, there is no refined sugar, and you can even choose the amount of sweetness you prefer in this healthy chocolate recipe.

healthy chocolate recipe

Do-it-yourself recipes aren’t something you should be afraid of; all you need are a few ingredients and the right tools to bring this DIY healthy chocolate recipe together. And you might already have some of the ingredients in your pantry, like coconut oil, cacao or cocoa powder, and maple syrup. In order to make the chocolate into fun Valentine’s shapes or hearts, look for silicone molds that are food grade and BPA free (I used these). If you don’t have the chocolate molds, you can still make the chocolate by pouring it into a mini muffin pan or even a baking pan and turning it into a chocolate bark.

Here at Vital Proteins, we love using healthy ingredients in our recipes, and cacao is certainly one of our favorites. We use it in our Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides and our newest Collagen Sports Greens. For the purpose of this DIY healthy Valentine’s Day chocolate recipe, we used raw cacao powder, which is high in antioxidants and supports a healthy heart (1) and healthy muscle structure (2). Our Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides complement this healthy chocolate recipe, and who can resist chocolate and berries? We use only organic berries and cherries, and these fruit contain their own set of nutrients and antioxidants that coincide with the nutrients of the cacao powder. Not to mention, your loved ones will be getting a healthy dose of collagen protein once they eat this fudgy chocolate treat.

Break out of the mold this Valentine’s Day by making your own DIY healthy Valentine’s Day chocolate recipe and giving your loved ones a gift they deserve: chocolate and collagen.

Paleo Chocolate Candy Hearts
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C coconut oil
  2. ½ C cacao butter
  3. ½ C raw cacao powder
  4. ½ C maple syrup
  5. ¼ t sea salt
  6. 2 scoops Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides
Optional add-ins
  1. Freeze dried raspberries
  2. Dried cherries
  3. Slivered almonds
  4. Chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot or double boiler, add in coconut oil and cacao butter. Turn heat on to low until coconut oil and cacao butter are completely liquid. Turn off heat.
  2. Add in cacao powder, maple syrup, sea salt and Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides and stir until well-combined.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture into silicone chocolate or candy molds and carefully place optional add-ins to the chocolate while it is still liquid.
  4. Set in the freezer for at least an hour to set. Serve immediately once removed from the freezer.
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(1) Corti, Roberto, et al. “Cocoa and Cardiovascular Health.” Circulation, American Heart Association, Inc., 17 Mar. 2009, circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.

(2) Taub, Pam R., et al. “Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Indicators of Mitochondrial Structure and Biogenesis in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Failure: Effects of Epicatechin Rich Cocoa.” Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 5, no. 1, July 2011, pp. 43–47., doi:10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00357.x.


Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.

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