Valentine’s Day – Love, Sex, Aphrodisiacs and a Raw Chocolate Truffle Recipe

*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.

Five Foods that are Aphrodisiacs:

1. Cocoa

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.

2. Avocado

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.

3. Cherries

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.

4. Truffles

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!

5. Figs

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 🙂

Cherry Filled Raw Chocolate Truffles

Maxine Knight

Outer coating

2 1/4 cups raw cacao powder Snack - raw chocolate truffles
2/3 cup coconut oil
3 dates, pitted
pinch of extra fine sea salt

Filling

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.

Other Ideas/Recipes

Vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake – made with beans and sensual avocado!

You can also make heart shapes out of regular food –

valentines day food design

  • Put Guacamole into a baggie and squeeze it out into the shape of a heart
  • Shape pancakes with a cookie cutter or again add batter to a baggie and shape it before cooking
  • Use a cookie cutter to shape cheese and sandwiches into hearts
  • Make any ol’ cookie recipe and shape those into hearts as well
  • Cut strawberries into hearts (cut a wedge to remove the green stem, then slice lengthwise in half and it will be two hearts!
  • Shape eggs into hearts (kind of) by pressing a pencil/stick/round thing on top before it
    cools
  • Make cake designs with chocolate swirls
  • Get creative!

About Sarah Maughan

Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, ON and has been consulting since 2009. Her website aims to educate you, make you laugh, help you live and inspire you to eat whole food! To stay up to date sign up for free blog and recipe updates! In the meantime, empower your body with food!


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