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We did a Valentines day geared blog last week, basically a shopping guide to find that perfect, healthy gift for the special people in your lives and this week we thought why not share a few tasty and healthy raw recipes that you can share with your loved ones this Valentines Day.  Great options sure to please!!  We sure enjoy them 🙂

Why not start the day with a smoothie, this is a great one for kids too!!
Raspberry Cacao Loveshake:

Half an avocado
1 Cup of frozen Raspberries
1 TBLS of Raw Cacao Powder
1 TBLS of Lucuma Powder
1/2 Cup Young Coconut Meat ( you can also use soaked and rinsed cashews or macadamia nuts, this adds a nice creamy texture)
A handful of goji berries

Blend all ingredients together and either simply enjoy like this or if you are serving it up for someone else why not dress it up a little and sprinkle some cacao nibs and goji berries on top, looks and tastes great!!  Who wouldn’t want to start the day off like this 🙂

A great snack option to send with the kids to school 
( or yourself of course!!) are yummy all fruit leathers.  We like to blend strawberries with mango until smooth and creamy and place on the teflex lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 8-12 hours.  In the spirit of love, we like to pull the trays out a few hours early and cut the fruit leather gently into heart shapes and continue dehydrating.  That way the kiddies have a reminder at school of how much they are loved!!  Also a super yummy snack to enjoy 🙂

Oh dessert!!  Can not forget this Valentines Day staple.  Chocolates, candy, cupcakes and sugary sweets galore are all over the place these days, they may very well taste good but we can be certain they are not good for us, but that should not stop us from enjoying yummy treats too right 🙂 

We started making these brownies to bring with us when we were going to our non raw vegan friends birthdays etc and we wanted to enjoy a yummy dessert too!!

Raw Cacao Brownies with Goji Jam

2 Cups of walnuts
2 Cups of almond pulp ( left from making nut milk)
1/3 Cup of cacao powder
A large handful of pitted dates
1/4 cup of agave or coconut nectar
1Tablespoon of Lucuma powder
2-3 teaspoons of vanilla powder ( we love vanilla so we add 3, but others dont like the taste as much 🙂 

Process the walnuts until crumbly and then add all other ingredients and process into a nice dough.
Place firmly into a 9×9 pan and place in fridge to cool. 

For the Goji Berry jam we soak half a cup of goji berries with a few figs and then we blend them with a  bit of lemon juice and coconut nectar.  Once the brownies are chilled, cut out a few squares add some jam and enjoy with a loved one 🙂 🙂

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Do your non raw/vegan friends tend to enjoy the raw Valentines Day treats you make, have they turned out to be hits like these so far?  What are some of your favourites?  We’d love to know!!

We hope everyone has a great Day and feels the love!!!!!!

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