When you say Valentine I say chocolate!
But the question is: do you know why chocolate or to be precise cacao is associated with Valentine’s day?
The reason is the presence of 3 different substances in its molecular composition:
Phenylethelamine is a monoamine alkaloid also called the peptide of love! A molecule that we release when we experience the state of being of love…
Theobromine ( from the greek root “God”) which is a chemical relative of caffeine but without the effect on the nervous system.
Anandamine ( from the sanskrit root “Bliss”) which a natural endorphine, only found in cacao.
So you see cacao can make us feel gooooooood!
My valentine is a chocolate monster, so I have decided to make one of his favourite desserts for our Thursday night candle light dinner… Needless to say that the sample tarts have been devoured with great enthusiasm!
Decadent Raw chocolate and caramel tart
I use a variety of raw nuts depending on my mood and what I have in my pantry.
- 1/4 c of hazelnuts
- 1/4 c of peeled almonds
- 2 T od melted coconut oil
- 1 T of date paste
- 1 pinch of salt (Pink Himalayan or Celtic salt)
In a blender or a food processor, mix the nuts until you obtain a shortbread texture. Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the salt and the wet ingredients.
I use individual silicon moulds, I find it easier to use and to demould.
Press the shortbread into the mould using either a tablespoon or you fingers.
Cover and refrigerate.
- 1/4 c of raw cacao powder
- 2 T of extra virgin olive oil ( mild in flavour)
Using a personal blender or a highspeed blender, mix the ingredients. Of course you can also whisk by hand in a mixing bowl… Pour the agave and olive oil first, then the cacao and mesquite powder.
Pour the ganache into the tarts and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the caramel.
There are 2 options here, either you can use Lucuma powder or Mesquite powder.
Mesquite will give you a darker malty caramel, whereas the lucuma will be lighter and more like toffee.
The ingredients are the same:
- 2 t of either mesquite or lucuma powder
- 2 T of maple syrup
- 1 pinch of salt
Happy Valentine to you all! Share the love…
“Where there is love, there is life” Mahatma Gandhi