Valentines Day’s Salted Chocolate Banana Love Bites

With a day practically coated in chocolate.. what’s not to love!

 

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Happy (post) Valentines day readers!

This day has always hit a bit of a “sweet spot” for me (I love it), and though every year is a little different there is always one thing guaranteed to be dished up on the menu: chocolate! Usually baked in the form of gluten-free, dairy-free molten lava cakes, this year I took a simpler, but equally indulgent approach…

These bites will make the perfect addition to your family day affairs being rich, salty, chocolaty, dangerously simple to make and entirely family approved from mom-on-the-run to teething toddler.

 

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 Holistic Highlights

Sunflower Seed Butter

  • You can also use a traditional almond butter here but I have a slight love affair with this seed butter. Be sure to purchase one that is pure (I used Nuts To You), with no additives, sugars etc. that sneak into many conventional brands. Only the good stuff!
  • Loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamin E (shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks when abundant in the diet), and magnesium which regulates heart rhythms to prevent irregular heart beats.

Chocolate

  • I recommend Giddy Yoyo chocolate bars as these are raw, maintaining the nutrient value of the cacao bean. Chocolate should always be warmed in a double boiler (in a pan over a boiling pot of water) so that these nutrients are not exposed to direct contact with heat.
  • Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is released in your brain when you fall in love and also stimulates the release of dopamine, the “feel good”, euphoric neurotransmitter.

Bananas

  • Use spotted bananas here as they will be sweeter, riper and more nutritious!
  • Rich in bromelain, bananas are known to boost male libido and due to their high potassium content, they are recognised for lowering blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

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Salted Chocolate Banana Love Bites

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup Almond or sunflower seed butter
  • 1 Bar of Giddy Yoyo chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Course sea salt

Directions

  • Slice bananas approximately 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  • Spread a dollop of sunflower butter onto half the slices and lay flat on a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Sprinkle a good dusting of cinnamon over top and sandwich with the other half of your sliced bananas.
  • Pop these into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until solid.
  • Melt your chocolate slowly over a double boiler. Remove the bananas from the freezer and spoon, drizzle or dunk the chocolate to coat them, sprinkling the course salt overtop before the chocolate hardens (this will happen quickly).
  • Place back in the freezer for another 1-2 hours to harden back up. Remove from the freezer when you’re ready to take a bite!

Warning: the making of these love bites may be messy, libido inducing and may trigger excessive trips to the freezer for “just – one – more – bite.” 

Wishing you all a love-ly extended holiday,

Suzanne Eden

10 Reasons Every Girl Needs a Bouquet of Kale!

Oh kale yeah!

I love flowers but what’s more desirable than a bouquet of something  big, beautiful and edible?! Dark, leafy greens not sweet enough? It is, in fact, through the winter and early spring that kale is in season and at its sweetest. Besides, kale will help your beloved to live longer so you can be together and what’s more romantically sappy than that? The ultimate vase? A holistic foodies one true love (sorry boys), a Vitamix blender!  If there’s one thing to love this Valentines Day, it’s a kale bouquet and here are the top reasons why every girl needs one (if only just for fun)!

kale

1. The most bang for your buck

  • More nutrient value for fewer calories than nearly any other food! And more affordable and useable than a bouquet of roses.

 

2. Reduces cancer risk

  • This reduction has been linked to 5 different types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. So sure your girl friend doesn’t have a prostate, but you do! And I’m sure that after receiving a gift like this, she’d be more than happy to share 😉

 

3. Detoxifies your genes

  • New research has correlated the Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from kale’s glucosinolates to detoxification at a genetic level. And speaking of genes...

 

4. Helps you fit those skinny jeans

  • This leafy green will provide you with copious amounts of vitamins and minerals to reduce inflammation, alkalinize and support your weight loss goals.

 

5. Over 45 different flavonoids

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

 

6. Vitamin K

  • Contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its cruciferous counterparts with a 1-cup serving supplying you with over 1,000 micrograms, approximately 10Xs the recommended minimum daily amount!
  • Note: This refers mainly to vitamin K1. It’s important to ingest sources of K2 as well.

7. Beefing up the iron

  • More iron per calorie than beef! And speaking of cows…

8. Calcium

  • More calcium, per calorie, than cow’s milk!

9. LOVE-ly skin

  • Rich in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids for youthful, glowing skin, without the gift of a pricey cosmetics bottle!

10. Get cozy!

  • You don’t want to be sleeping in separate beds this Valentines Day do you? Keep the winter sicknesses at bay. The vitamin C content will help to boost the immune system.

 

With a superfood like this, what’s not to love? And why not pair the bouquet with some strawberry flowers? You can find the instructions on the board Holistic Valentines on my pinterest page here: https://www.pinterest.com/Lifeofeden/holistic-valentines/

An edible bouquet in hand this Valentine’s Day is your guaranteed ticket to melt any wellness junkies edible heart!

Taking a bite of a delicious & nutritious Valentines,

Suzanne Eden