Healthy Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats
by Amina AlTai

We all know that abs are made in the gym, but newsflash, they are also revealed in the kitchen. And this time of year, where the chocolatey treachery is a-plenty, we’re arming you with three delicious and protein-packed Valentine’s treats so you can heat things up with your V-Day #fitspiration, without sabotaging those hard-earned gains.

cherry truffles

CHERRY TRUFFLE BALLS

Whether you’re popping your Barry’s cherry this month, or you’re a regular, you’ll love this decadent but totally sinless truffle ball.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of dry cashews
¼ teaspoon of chili powder
2 teaspoons of cacao
1/3 cup of agave syrup
chocolate covered dried cherries
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS:
Add the cashews to the food processor and process until they are nicely chopped. Don’t blend them into a paste…we want a bit of texture. Mix the cashews with the protein powder, chili and cacao. Once it’s well mixed, gradually add the agave until evenly distributed. Then form the mixture into small balls and insert the chocolate covered cherry into the middle. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and keep them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to serve them.

goji cookies

ALMOND GOJI SHORTBREAD

Goji berries, aka wolfberries, have long been regarded as an aphrodisiac in China. Drop a few of these bad boys into your loved ones’ cookies and thank me later ; )

INGREDIENTS:
½ cup of almond butter
3 tablespoons of agave syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
1-½ cups of almond meal
¼ of goji berries
1 scoop of protein powder
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Melt the almond butter on the stove or the microwave. Once melted, add it to the protein powder and almond meal. Mix well. Then add the coconut oil, vanilla, sea salt and mix again. Sprinkle in the goji berries and fold them into the batter. Roll the batter into balls and place on a baking tray covered with parchment or wax paper. Then flatten them with the palm of your and until they achieve a cookie shape. Place them in the fridge until you’re ready to share.

fudge

CHOCOLATE CASHEW BUTTER FUDGE

If you think you can eat just one of these, fudge-gettaboutit. But you don’t have to feel guilty because this recipe is packed with protein and healthy fats, which will make your skin silky-smooth for that special someone.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of cashew butter
2 teaspoons of cacao
2 tablespoons of agave or brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS:
Melt the cashew butter on the stovetop or in the microwave until it’s nice and soft. Add in the coconut oil, protein powder, chili and vanilla and mix well. Pour out into a glass Pyrex (1-2 inches thick depending how thick you like your fudge) covered with parchment paper and set aside. Mix the agave and cacao together and then drop spoonfuls of it throughout the tray. Then take a toothpick and swirl the chocolate into the fudge base to create a marbled look. Set in the fridge and keep cool until you’re ready to serve. Once it’s hardened, you can also use cookie cutters to cut the fudge into fun shapes. Or not.

 

headshotAmina AlTai is a health coach, personal trainer, and wellness marketing professional in NYC. Follow her on instagram at @busyhappyhealthy and read her blog at www.busyhappyhealthy.com