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Delicious And Healthy Valentine’s Treats
Check out these recipes and learn how to use these ingredients to make some delicious Valentine’s treats.
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AvocadoCacaoMouseValentines

Avocado Cacao Mousse
Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 avocado, ripe and without browning
¼ cup cacao powder
3 tablespoons agave syrup
¼ cup vanilla soy milk
Pinch salt
Cacao nibs for garnish (optional)

Tools:
Food processor
Rubber spatula

Directions:
1. Scoop the flesh of 1 avocado into the base of a food processor. Add cacao powder and agave syrup. Process until very smooth.
2. Add vanilla soy milk and salt to the mixture. Process until smooth and homogenous. Scrape down the sides using a rubber spatula and process one more time if necessary to obtain a homogenous mixture.
3. Chill mousse for 1 hour. Sprinkle with cacao nibs for some crunch.

(Manuel Villacorta)

DatesCacaoWalnuts

Dates Stuffed with Cacao Nibs and Walnuts
Serves 2

Ingredients:
4 medjool dates
4 teaspoons cacao nibs
4 walnuts

Tools:
Small knife

Directions:
1. Slice each date lengthwise so that the fruit forms a boat-like shape.  
2. Remove the pit. Place 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs and a walnut inside of each date. Enjoy!

(Manuel Villacorta)

KiwichaChocolateMedallionsValentines

Popped Kiwicha Chocolate Medallions
Makes: 18 medallions

Ingredients:
½ cup popped kiwicha
1 bar dark chocolate (100g), 73%

Tools:
Medium sauté pan with lid
Small sauce pot
Small stainless steel bowl
Rubber spatula
Small sheet pan
Parchment paper
Small metal spoon

Directions:
For the popped kiwicha:
1. Heat a medium sauté pan over high heat until the entire surface is extremely hot. Add 1 tablespoon of kiwicha and evenly distribute it in the pan. No oil is needed. Cover the pan with a glass lid and allow the kiwicha to “pop” until white, roughly 30 seconds, making sure to move the pan over the heat for an even distribution. When popped, remove the kiwicha from the heat and immediately transfer to a bowl.
2. Repeat step 1 until the desired amount of kiwicha is popped. It may take a round or two of trial and error to get the heat, the movement of the pan, and the timing just right, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time, and then popping kiwicha will be fun as well as practical.

For the chocolate medallions:
1. Finely chop chocolate and place in a stainless steel bowl.  
2. Fill a small saucepot with 3-4 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place bowl of chocolate so it sits on top of the saucepot without touching the water. Lower heat to a simmer and stir chocolate until melted. Once melted, remove bowl from heat and stir until smooth and shiny.
3. Place a piece of parchment on top of the baking sheet. Using a small metal spoon, pour small pools of melted chocolate onto the parchment paper, leaving each medallion some room to spread out.  Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle each chocolate medallion with a generous layer of popped kiwicha.
4. Allow the chocolate to harden for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator before eating.

(Manuel Villacorta)

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Delicious And Healthy Valentine’s Treats

Check out these recipes and learn how to use these ingredients to make some delicious Valentine’s treats.

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