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So, V-day is fast approaching. In two days, the cheesiest celebration of love will commence with boxes of chocolates, bouquets of roses and surprising displays of affection. I tried to gather the spirits of the “holiday” by making vegan truffles dipped in dark chocolate and sweet coconut…They came out well. I made them over a week ago with the intentions of posting them on RLW for my very first V-day post.
Sorry, guys but I ate ’em all.
I placed the truffles in the freezer to harden before heading to Whole Foods for a bag of vegan chocolate…and then I tried one. Just one, totally innocent, right? But then I tried a second, and then a third. And before I knew it, the plate of truffles, not yet dipped in chocolate, was completely gone, propelling me to official porker status.
But then it gets worse, or more pathetic. I didn’t write down the recipe, and I can’t remember everything that went into the truffles. But I can guarantee a second batch is to come, because these truly were satisfying with an offering of guilt free, nutrient packed ingredients–dates, oatmeal, coconut, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract…all that good stuff. But the second batch is sure to be better than the first.
I haven’t come to my Ria Lives Well readers entirely empty handed. I bring to you the simplest, tastiest, healthiest strawberry chia jam you will ever stumble upon.
Strawberry Chia Jam:
By: Eating Bird Food
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 3 teaspoons chia seeds
- 3 teaspoons maple syrup
- a pinch of cloves (optional, but recommended)
- Finely chop your fresh strawberries.
- Place strawberries in a bowl and, with a potato masher, go to work.
- Add your maple syrup, mash some more, and then stir in your chia seeds.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour so the chia can thicken up the jam.
This jam smells so good and tastes even better. Stay tuned for the reason I made it. I promise, I won’t eat it all before taking it to “stage two”. I’m so hyped for stage two.
Look at all that chia goodness. Comment if you love chia seeds more than chocolate. Or flax seeds more than chocolate, or sesame seeds, or any seeds for that matter.
Enjoy it with oatmeal, PB & J, on your yogurt, with plain bran muffins…it’s jam, so it works with a variety of food.
On another V-day note, look what came in the mail today:
Happy early Valentine’s day to those who are spending it with a loved one, those flying solo, and those who simply don’t care.