*Originally posted valentine’s day 2013
Every human being consumes more chocolate on Valentine’s Day than any other day of the year. Chocolate is wonderful. Cocoa is also an aphrodisiac – surprise, surprise!
I personally just love making shapes out of food, so that’s really the only reason I enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Last year I did an Aphrodisiac raw chocolate making class with Maxine Knight, another Holistic Nutritionist and Chef at The Healthy Butcher so I wanted to share with you some snippets of the class.
It doesn’t just taste sensual – it contains phenylethylamine which is a substance that is released when you get the feeling of falling in love. So yes, you can love chocolate but it’s forcing you to. It also contains anandaminde which creates the feeling of being high and increases endorphines and reduces pain. Flavanols in chocolate also increase blood flow.
The Aztecs named the avocado tree “ahuacuatl” which means “testicle tree” because they hung low, and in pairs. Yes, seriously! They are also rich in magnesium and Vitamin E which are necessary for relaxation and skin lubrication. If you use an avocado in your hair or on your skin it can create shine, softness and moisture which is sexually appealing. The healthy fat is also necessary for producing your lovely sex hormones.
Everyone knows the phrase “popped the cherry”, which refers to breaking the hymen of a female when she first has intercourse. Cherries are also often used as sexual food in the cinema when consumed by women. Cherries also contain aphrodisiac properties because of their ability to reduce pain and inflammation.
They have a musky scent that mimics the hormone androstenone, which is a pheromone secreted in our sweat and urine that draws the opposite sex to each other. Women – indulge at your discretion!
An open fig is believed to imitate the female vagina and is traditionally considered a sexual stimulant because of this. Some say a man opening a fig and eating it in front of his lover can be a powerful aphrodisiac.
As a chocolate lover, and a nutritionist and whole food advocator, here’s a raw chocolate truffle recipe you can enjoy!
Be grateful you have the ability to love anyone and anything 🙂
2 1/4 cups raw cacao powder
2/3 cup coconut oil
3 dates, pitted
pinch of extra fine sea salt
2/3 cup dried cherries
3 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of extra fine sea salt
Directions for the outer coating:
1. In a food processor, blend dates
2. Add remaining ingredients for the outer coating and blend until well incorporated. You may need to scrape the side of the bowel and blend again
3. It will be sticky – put it in the fridge while you make the filling
4. Wash out food processor for the filling
Directions for the Filling:
1. In a food processor, blend the cherries and coconut oil until it forms a paste
2. Blend in remaining filling ingredients
Directions for Assembly:
1. Scoop a ball of the chocolate mixture from the fridge. Flatten and put some of the filling into the center (about 1/2 a tsp or 1 tsp
2. Roll is gently into a ball keeping the filling in the center
Store in the fridge until you want to eat – optional dusting raw cacao powder on the outside when done. Enjoy that popped cherry in your mouth. Yes, I just said that.
Vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake – made with beans and sensual avocado!
You can also make heart shapes out of regular food –