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Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates
February 11, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids >Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates

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 Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!

We first gathered the ingredients:

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family! Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!
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.
Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family! Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!
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.

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!

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

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!

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 Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!

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

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family!

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?

FOOD - Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates. These are also fun to make and decorate as a family! http://www.superhealthykids.com/heart-healthy-valentines-chocolates/

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates

Heart Healthy Valentines Chocolates
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup – walnuts, chopped
  • 8 medium – dates, Medjool
  • 1/2 cup – cocoa powder, unsweetened

Directions

  1. Blend walnuts in a high powered blender or food processor until a powder.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the cocoa. Shape into a mold.
  4. Top with dried fruit, coconut, granola, or peanut butter!
*Use less cocoa if you don't love dark chocolate. 

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 444 22%
  • Fat: 30 g 46%
  • Carb: 48 g 16%
  • Fiber: 9 g 36%
  • Protein: 9 g 18%
  • Sugar: 33 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(22)
Irene says:

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)

Marcie says:

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!

Tiffany says:

Where do you find dates? Are they fresh or dried?

Lindsay says:

These look wonderful!! Am I reading it right though- you DON’T chop the dates or anything, you leave them whole?

Claire says:

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…

Amy says:

Sounds delicious! Yes- You need one!! I promise 🙂

Amy says:

Mmmmm… I have some favorite Larabars!

Amy says:

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)

Amy says:

Right!! I was surprised by this as well!! The dates were soft enough to mix with the nuts, without chopping them.

Amy says:

Thanks Claire!! I’m glad you liked these, and good luck with your future family 🙂

Sarah says:

Can these be frozen? Thanks for the recipe!

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 says:

can we use peanuts and rasains

Amy says:

Yes! that sounds great!

Amanda says:

I attempted these but for some reason it’s dates covered in a powder mix. Was there something else I should of added? It’s not even close to looking like a “fudge”

Amanda- don’t use the dates covered in powder. See you if you can find some fresher ones. They should be soft and chewy and not coated with anything.

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Carrie says:

We have a tree nut allergy in our house, do you think peanuts or sunflower seeds instead of the walnuts would be any good?

Lasapa says:

Would figs work as well as dates?

How cool! Not only do those chocolate hearts look delicious they are good for you too!

Amy says:

Carrie- I would try peanuts for sure! They would be a yummy peanut butter chocolate thing! Let me know how they taste!!

They are amazing!!!!! Delicious :)))) Thank you very much for recipe 🙂 I made a half of amount with cocoa and the second with carob. Both amazing 🙂 And I used much more dates (in dry version).
Here you’ve got our version of chocolates:
http://kreaturnakuchnia.blogspot.com/2014/02/walentynkowe-zdrowe-czekoladki.html
Best regards! 🙂

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