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Avocado and Chocolate Recipes

Avocado and Chocolate Recipes

Some trends—say, high fashion and Tough Mudders—go together like oil and water. Others—like cat cafes and napping—seem like they were made for each other.

When it comes to the skyrocketing popularity of avocados and chocolate, these two trends definitely fall into the latter category.

Avocados have been all the rage for the past few years, while chocolate has been en vogue for centuries. Put the two together, and you’ve got the makings for some unbelievably scrumptious (and relatively healthy) treats. Need convincing? Just give any of these six recipes a try.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Most of us don’t eat mousse for its phytonutrients, but you’ll get plenty of those in this avocado chocolate mousse recipe. You’ll also get a decadent, chocoholic-approved dessert—and in only five minutes, at that! Simply combine avocados with chocolate discs or cocoa powder, the milk of your choice, vanilla extract, a bit of salt, and a pinch of Stevia or another natural sweetener. The recipe provides plenty of options for customizing the mousse to your taste, so experiment to find the version that most appeals to your sweet tooth.

Chocolate Avocado Strawberry Smoothie

Creamy, cool, and packed with nutritious ingredients: This paleo smoothie will satisfy a sweet tooth, cool you down on a hot day, or provide you with a midday pick-me-up. And at only 15 minutes of prep time, it’s super quick and simple to make. Simply blend strawberries, avocado, cocoa powder, almond or coconut milk, vanilla extract, and raw honey in a blender and top with grated dark chocolate for a delicious, healthified treat.

Chocolate Mint Avocado Toast

We’ve all heard that avocado toast is the downfall of millennials—and this recipe is liable to prove all the hand wringers right. You might have some doubts about whether “chocolate mint avocado toast” will actually taste good. All we can say is: Let this recipe speak for itself before you knock it. In just 10 minutes, you can enjoy a delectable, nutrient-packed breakfast or snack thanks to avocado, cocoa powder, sprigs of mint, and other tasty ingredients.

Deliciously Rich Avocado Brownies

This recipe draws on ripe avocados, unsweetened cocoa, and cacao nibs to create a rich brownie base that can then be customized in a number of ways. Add an extra egg for a more cake-like texture; swap in almond flour to make them gluten free; use flax eggs instead of whole eggs to make them vegan; and/or experiment with different toppings such as nuts, dried fruit, or shredded coconut. However you make them, these brownies are all but guaranteed to be delicious.

Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies

These remarkably easy-to-make cookies call for only six ingredients: avocados, coconut sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and baking soda. You’re also welcome to experiment with vegan swaps or different add-ins such as mint, cacao nibs, or peanut butter cups. The result? Surprisingly fudgy, soft, and airy chocolate cookies. For the best eating experience, serve cold after storing them in the fridge overnight.

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Avocado Icing

This rich chocolate cake will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth; its vegan ingredients are simply a bonus. The cake draws on dark cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract to create its rich, chocolatey flavor, and you can swap in avocados in place of the recipe’s oil if you’re craving some extra healthy fats. But you’ll get those in the icing, too: It’s made from avocado, more cocoa powder, and a touch of sugar, agave syrup, and vanilla extract for extra sweetness and flavor. Garnish with raspberries for a striking visual presentation.

As these recipes prove, avocados and chocolate are a match made in heaven—or, more accurately, in your kitchen.

6 Simple Chocolate Recipes to Make for a Romantic Valentine's Day Weekend

6 Simple Chocolate Recipes to Make for a Romantic Valentine's Day Weekend

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but some of you are celebrating this weekend, and that means couples everywhere are still hunting for the perfect way to say “I love (or care about, or sort-of-maybe-like) you.”

If you’re starting to panic about finding the right delivery system for your Valentine’s Day message, look no further. These scrumptious recipes are the perfect way to end any romantic evening on the right note.

Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse

If you want to up the romantic ante, whip up this rich, dark chocolate mousse recipe from none other than Martha Stewart. The short ingredients list includes egg yolks, sugar, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. From those simple ingredients arises an unforgettable Valentine’s Day treat.

Chocolate-Covered Raspberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries will always have their place at the Valentine’s Day dessert table, but couples who prefer to walk on the wild side should consider this recipe for chocolate-covered raspberries instead. Not only are these treats easy to make, but they’re also supremely easy to eat.

Chocolate Raspberry Spritz Teddy Bears

Imagine pretty much every stereotypical Valentine’s Day item you can think of: chocolate, pink and red colors, hearts, teddy bears, sweet treats, and so on. Now imagine a dessert that incorporates nearly all of these elements. These teddy-bear-shaped cookies pack some serious heart—and some serious flavor thanks to raspberry extract and cocoa powder.

Fudgy Brownie and Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate, raspberry, and pure decadence: Valentine’s Day doesn’t get much better than this. A thick layer of raspberry ice cream (or sorbet) rests between two dark chocolate brownie slices for a rich-yet-refreshing romantic dessert. Don’t worry: No one will judge if the ice cream isn’t homemade.

Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Frosting

Chocolate and strawberries remain a classic Valentine’s Day combination, and these pretty cookies make for a unique way to put the two together. Delicate, dainty, romantic, and perfectly chewy, these cookies boast plenty of chocolatey flavor thanks to cocoa powder. As an added bonus, the frosting is made from real strawberries—so you don’t have to worry about turning off your date with artificial flavors.

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake Hearts

You’ll need some special equipment (in the form of a jelly roll pan and a heart-shaped cookie cutter) to make these cute little chocolate cake hearts—and the investment is totally worth it. Chocolate abounds in this recipe, which draws on heaps of cocoa powder for both the cakes and their chocolate frosting.  

Ease the stresses of curating the perfect belated Valentine’s Day experience by employing the help of any of these scrumptious, chocolatey, and bona fide romantic recipes.

How Chocolate Became the Culinary Staple of Valentine's Day

How Chocolate Became the Culinary Staple of Valentine's Day

These days, chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like trees and Christmas. This relationship is so ingrained in our culture that Americans spend a whopping $1.7 billion on Valentine’s Day chocolate and other candies each year.

The connection between chocolate confections and Valentine’s Day wasn’t always so strong. Both chocolate and Valentine’s Day had extensive histories before getting together for their long-lasting romance. Here’s the story of how chocolate and valentines became a match made in heaven.

A Brief History of Chocolate and Valentine’s Day

Chocolate has long been considered an aphrodisiac, so it’s perhaps not surprising that it eventually became linked to the holiday of romance. The Aztecs and Mayans believed chocolate could stoke sexual fires. They passed this idea on to the Spanish conquistadors, who ripped off the Aztecs’ penchant for drinking chocolate and brought the delectable substance back to Spain. Chocolate’s popularity quickly spread among European elites, and by the early 1600s aristocrats across England, Spain, France, and Italy were consuming the stuff in large quantities.

It took until the invention of the first chocolate bar in the mid-1800s for chocolate goods to make their way into the hands of the general public. Around the same time period, the Victorians arguably set the stage for incorporating chocolate into romantic gestures; etiquette books maintained that a man could express his affections for a woman by bequeathing her with chocolates.

That all accounts for chocolate’s rise to fame, but where does Valentine’s Day come in?

The origins of Valentine’s Day remain uncertain. Historians’ best guess is that the holiday has its roots in a pagan Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. That festival was eventually co-opted into a Christian feast day to commemorate martyred saint (or, by some accounts, multiple saints) Valentine.

How did the martyring of a saint get associated with romance? It appears the author Geoffrey Chaucer created the connection with an 1832 poem in which he describes birds gathering on Saint Valentine’s Day to select their mates. Other writers picked up the idea and gradually helped popularize the connection between Valentine’s Day and amorous pursuits. By the middle of the 19th century, February 14th was recognized across Britain and the U.S. as a holiday for celebrating romantic love.  

Match Made in Heaven

So now you know how chocolate grew to popularity throughout the western world, and you also have some understanding of how Valentine’s Day became a holiday linked to romance. Now let’s figure out how the two got hitched.

As it turns out, the uniting factor may not have had anything to do with chocolate or romance, but with a pretty box.

In 1861, Richard Cadbury (who already had a booming chocolate business) created “Fancy Boxes” of chocolates. These were exactly what they sound like: Ornamental boxes decorated with Cupids and rosebuds. And lest the romantic connection not be clear enough, they were also in the shape of the heart.

The idea worked like gangbusters. People wanted the boxes—not only for the chocolates they contained, but also because the pretty boxes could be used long after the chocolates had been eaten. Demand for heart-shaped chocolate boxes spread around the globe, and it didn’t take long for other chocolate makers to follow in Cadbury’s footsteps by producing their own twists on the original Fancy Boxes.

What better time to purchase and gift these heart-shaped chocolate goodie containers than on the universally recognized Day of Love? The Fancy Boxes inspired lovers to express their affections with chocolate, and thus began a trend that is going strong to this day. Since chocolate and Valentine’s Day were introduced by their friend Fancy Box, they’ve been going steady ever since.