Show your true love by making your special Valentine these amazingly delicious chocolate hearts that are totally healthy and nourishing!
Not only are these delicious little treats only 72 calories each (with only 2 grams of sugar), they are also full of antioxidants and magnesium!
About the saturated fat: usually saturated fat is not something I am fond of, as it has been shown to raise bad cholesterol.
However, the saturated fat in coconut oil (found in this recipe) is unlike most and actually possesses a host of benefits!
It is a medium chain fatty acid (called lauric acid) that has been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
Additionally, coconut oil might have weight loss benefits!
In one study, women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day for 12 weeks had reduced abdominal fat compared with the women who did not consume it.
Coconut oil has also been shown to have antiviral and antibacterial effects in addition to having the ability to increase metabolism, energy, and endurance by boosting thyroid function (source).
Basically, coconut oil is AMAZING, and so are these decadent little chocolate hearts.
Give them a try this Valentine's day. I promise you won't regret it!
They are vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, and low-sugar, .
Cost per serving: $0.20
Calories per serving: 57
Equipment you'll need: mixing bowl
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
9 Tbsp cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
3 Tbsp Lakanto Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup (or maple syrup or agave)
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 dropsliquid stevia extract
1. Melt coconut oil in small bowl: microwave for 30 to 45 seconds until liquified.
2. Add cacao, agave, vanilla extract, and stevia to coconut oil and mix thoroughly.
3. Use a spoon to carefully place chocolate into molds. If you do not have a mold, pour chocolate mixture into baking dish. Place molds or baking dish in freezer for at least 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.
4. Enjoy your deliciously chocolatey, guilt-free treat!