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Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates

Valentines Day is notorious for being about the chocolates and candy!  And, to be frank, we're not all the way opposed to that. Heck, I'm hoping my husband brings me some real chocolates on Thursday(or caramel- my first love).  However, turning your kids focus to heart healthy activities and delicious healthy treats is a great way to show them you love them!

I first saw this recipe on a blog post by Dr. Fuhrman's daughter,Talia. She called them Chocolate Goji Berry Stars! So, we took her idea, and had a little Valentines  fun with them. These chocolates are the epitome of heart healthy, as they are made with only:

  • Walnuts:The Vitamin E, specifically the form found in walnuts, have been shown to have significant heart protection.  Further studies are showing walnuts are also protective from metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular problems (source).
  • Cocoa: Flavonoids in cocoa can help with cardiovascular health, aid in digestion, reduce tendency to form blood clots, and generally improves blood vessel function.
  • and Dates! High in fiber, dates, help keep cholesterol levels normal!

So, let's eat some walnuts, cocoa and dates for our hearts, shall we?

heart healthy chocolates for kids- Super Healthy Kids

We first gathered the ingredients:

We gathered the ingredients: Walnuts, cocoa, dates, and dried fruit to decorate with. Then, we took the walnuts and ground them up in a blender.  Then, we added the powdered walnuts to a bowl, with the soft, medjool dates.
Then, using our fingers, we mixed the two together until it was all incorporated.  We added the cocoa last. Then, using our favorite mini cookie cutters (metal fondant cutters or clay cutters found at craft stores), we pressed our dough into the heart shapes.

Now, we did find some dried goji berries, but they were super expensive.  So, we got a small single serving bag of freeze dried strawberries.  These were perfect!!  We shaved a bit of the freeze dried strawberry off with just our fingers, and got a pretty red powder to decorate our chocolates.

Then, we decorated our chocolates with both the goji berries and the freeze dried strawberries.

Valentines box of chocolates- Super Healthy Kids

These are delicious if your family likes dark chocolate.  My family is more used to sweeter chocolate, so my husband had the idea to add peanut butter!  These were our favorite!

heart healthy chocolates for kids-super healthy kids

Then, we got crazy, and decided to make an assorted "box" of chocolates:

Assorted Healthy Chocolates -Super Healthy Kids

We added coconut and granola to the other ones!   

The final recipe is below!  Happy Valentines Day! Do you have any fun and healthy valentines traditions?

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates


Instructions

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 8 Medjool dates (these are softer than other dates, and easier to blend)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (use less if you don't love dark chocolate)

Blend walnuts in a high powered blender or food processor until a powder.  Pit the dates, then add walnut powder to a bowl and the pitted dates. Using your hands mix the two ingredients together until the dates are completely incorporated.  Add the cocoa.  Shape into a mold. Top with dried fruit, coconut, granola, or peanut butter!

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Comments

Irene
02/11/2013 7:23am
they look delicious. I really need to get a Vitamix! I think we'll be making heart shaped muffins (use dry beans to form them)
02/12/2013 5:24am
Sounds delicious! Yes- You need one!! I promise :)
02/11/2013 8:43am
Great idea! I'm going the less-homemade route and buying some Lara Bars and using my mini heart cookie cutter to just cut out the shapes :) I won't mind eating the leftovers either!
02/12/2013 5:25am
Mmmmm... I have some favorite Larabars!
Tiffany
02/11/2013 9:22am
Where do you find dates? Are they fresh or dried?
02/12/2013 5:26am
I get them in two places- Costco usually has them in their produce section. i also have a local store that sells them in their bulk bins. Also, check by the dried fruit (usually in your baking aisle)
02/11/2013 7:54pm
These look wonderful!! Am I reading it right though- you DON'T chop the dates or anything, you leave them whole?
02/12/2013 5:27am
Right!! I was surprised by this as well!! The dates were soft enough to mix with the nuts, without chopping them.
Claire
02/11/2013 7:56pm
Amy and Natalie, thank you so much for regularly posting healthy and simple alternatives to the classic American over-indulgence. I have been a fan of your site for about a year, and though my husband and I don't have kids yet, I am sure we will still be frequenting your website when we do! I tend to fall off the healthy cliff about once a month and binge on brownies, today when I got that chocolate craving, I made these instead. I was surprised by how chocolatey they were! I thought they would taste more like a granola bar, but nope! I'll definitely be making these again...
02/12/2013 5:27am
Thanks Claire!! I'm glad you liked these, and good luck with your future family :)
Sarah
04/16/2013 7:22pm
Can these be frozen? Thanks for the recipe!
07/23/2013 5:25am
We use good chocolate to start with, and then dip and swirl it to give it that finishing touch. You just dip it, let it set and then you're ready to go.
kayla
08/18/2013 5:51pm
can we use peanuts and rasains
08/19/2013 10:33am
Yes! that sounds great!
Carrie
02/08/2014 9:27am
We have a tree nut allergy in our house, do you think peanuts or sunflower seeds instead of the walnuts would be any good?
02/11/2014 9:44am
Carrie- I would try peanuts for sure! They would be a yummy peanut butter chocolate thing! Let me know how they taste!!

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