Chocolate-Strawberry Lovecakes

By Mira Marinova of Wholesome Vibes

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In provincial France in the past, strawberries were considered an aphrodisiac.  Newlyweds were served cold strawberry soup to ignite their honeymoon romance.  But that’s only because, in provincial France in the past, no one had figured out how to make chocolate-strawberry lovecakes!

Here is the recipe.  Guilt-free and with a secret ingredient.  Changing history.

Servings: 6 lovecakes

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Total time: 4 hours

Chocolate base

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups raw pecans
  • 6 TBS raw cacao powder or 8 TBS carob powder
  • 3 TBS cacao butter, liquid
  • 2 TBS coconut oil, liquid
  • 2 TBS liquid sweetener of your choice*
  • 2 vanilla beans, scooped
  • Pinch high mineral salt
  • 6 fresh small strawberries, washed, cleaned out of the greens, gently pat-dried

*Honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar, or stevia drops to taste.  You can also use your preferred dry sweetener like coconut sugar, stevia powder, powdered xylitol, or erythritol to taste.  If using dry sweetener, add a splash of nut milk or water.

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except strawberries in high speed blender into smooth, semi-liquid chocolate mixture.  Taste and adjust ingredients if necessary.  Pour mixture into silicone cupcake molds.  Insert a fresh strawberry into each base, gently pressing down to sink into center. Or, you can insert a walnut, macadamia, pecan or other nut, or your favorite berry.  Place in freezer to set while you make the frosting.

Strawberry frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, washed, cleaned, chopped
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts chopped or 1½ cups whole (or raw cashew)
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • Sweetener to taste (adjust depending on the sweetness of your strawberries)
  • 2 TBS coconut oil, liquid
  • Pinch raw beetroot powder for more color, optional

Directions:

Blend everything in high speed blender into smooth, creamy consistency.  If necessary, add a bit of nut milk or water to facilitate blending.  Place in freezer to thicken just enough to hold in shape over the chocolate base.

Decoration, optional

Ingredients:

  • 6 small fresh strawberries, washed and cleaned
  • 3 TBS coconut oil, liquid
  • 2-3 TBS raw cacao or carob powder
  • Sweetener of choice to taste
  • Pinch high mineral salt

Directions:

Leave the strawberries aside.  Whisk the coconut oil and cacao/carob powder together until fully mixed.  Add sweetener and stir again into homogenous chocolate syrup.

Assembly:

Take the chocolate cakes gently out of the cups when hard.  Use a spoon or piping bag to place the frosting over the cakes in the desired shape.  Decorate each lovecake with a small fresh strawberry.  Pour chocolate syrup on top.

Place in freezer for 3-4 hours or in fridge until solid.  Allow to soften for a few minutes at room temperature before consumption.  Keep refrigerated.

Secret ingredient: LOVE.  Think happy, loving, positive thoughts while you create your lovecakes.  Draw a heart with your fingers over your blender.  Whisper positive affirmations.  Throw a love spell in.

Share the love & enjoy slowly, with awareness.

lovecakes

MEET THE CHEF

Mira

Mira’s background goes deep into the heart of the natural way of healthy living.  She grew up in a small village in Bulgaria, where people sustained their families from the produce they cultivated and the animals they bred, and followed the seasonal cycles of nature.  Years later, she landed into the vortex of another extreme – the demanding corporate lifestyle in Washington DC – and faced many of its challenges, such as excessive stress, unhealthy work-life balance and difficulties keeping up with a healthy diet.

Drawing on her personal experience, the expertise of modern holistic science and ancient wisdom, Mira helps people bring back the natural, wholesome ways of living into their hectic lives.  As a certified holistic health coach, raw food chef, and yoga teacher, Mira shares delicious, healthy foods, recipes and wholesome vibes to inspire and help others live tasty, happy, healthy, and fulfilled.

Mira is grateful to have learnt from some of the most authentic sources in the fields of holistic health, nutrition, and mind-body medicine at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition based in New York, Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Culinary Academy in Bali, The Institute for Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine in Sri Lanka, and The World Peace Yoga School in Rishikesh, India.  She holds an MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a BA from the American University in Bulgaria.

In her personal life, Mira is a passionate globetrotter, adventure-seeker, hiker, biker, scuba diver, yoga devotee and, of course, a health nut.  She calls home countries on three continents, Bulgaria, USA, and Singapore, and currently resides in Manila, Philippines.

CONNECT WITH CHEF MIRA

Connect with Mira via email (mira@wholesomevibes.com) or skype (username wholesomevibes), follow her on facebook (www.facebook.com/wholesomevibes) and visit her website (www.wholesomevibes.com).

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