What are you up to this weekend? Busy, right? Just wondering if like us, Valentine’s Day has crept up on you. It’s in a few days!
No worries. It’s not too late to do something truly special. Making something for that special loved one is truly special indeed.
We will share recipes, ideas and provide links to our favorite vegan sweets and dessert sites. We have a recipe for horse treats too. So get ready to rock and scroll!
SIMPLE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES by Minimalist Baker
“These truffles truly are simple, requiring simple methods, 2 ingredients, and no fancy equipment!”
Chop the dark chocolate. Heat coconut milk. Pour over chocolate to melt it. Stir until creamy smooth. That’s the only thing that takes a bit of elbow grease. Or maybe I am simply out of shape. Chill. Scoop into balls. “It’s as easy as that”, adds Dana. And it is.
You can roll them in all sorts of fun and tasty delights like coconut, finely chopped nuts, cacao powder (pictured) or icing sugar. Then chill.
I found some gold sprinkles. I checked and was delighted to see they are Vegan.
I was also excited because I picked up some small brown gifts bags for $1 each at Target that have glittery hearts on them. Perfect.
And I have some glittery tissue paper in white and red left over from Christmas. How sweet. Sigh. It’s all so romantic.
Here’s the formal list of ingredients.
- 9 ounces (255 g | 1 1/4 cup) vegan dark chocolate*, very finely chopped (72% cacao or higher)
- 7 Tbsp (90 ml) light (or full fat) coconut milk, well shaken
- optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, or finely ground hazelnuts (for coating)
Next up. Wait until you taste this.
ONE BOWL VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE by Minimalist Baker
If you love baking and have a well-stocked vegan pantry you can make this right now — One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake by Minimalist Baker.
Dana has a great tip about working with coconut oil in the comments section. Gently warm it in a microwave. I warm it 20 seconds at a time on medium until I get it at the consistency I want without getting it too hot.
I have never tasted chocolate cake as good as this one.
Here’s the links we promised for more sweet treat Vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day and more.
• Visit Minimalist Baker’s 12 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts »
• See also Oh She Glows 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes »
This chocolate pudding is beyond terrific by Oh She Glows.
Raw of course means just what it sounds like it does. It doesn’t require any cooking!
How about breakfast in bed, Vegan style? Check out the link below from One Green Planet.
I have perhaps saved the best for last — and that’s a bold statement.
This recipe comes from my favorite Vegan cook — Richa Hingle. She doesn’t have 800,000 followers for nothing.
You can find it among Richa’s 25 Valentine’s Day Breakfast and Dessert Recipes.
Here it is.
VEGAN CINNAMON ROLLS WITH MAPLE COFFEE ICING by Vegan Richa
So there we have it.
These are our favorite picks for Valentine’s Day this year.
Wait. What about the horses?
Horses love treats. My oh my do they love them. Here’s something for them. Have any peppermint sticks or candy canes left over from Christmas? Crunch them up and put them in this easy and fun recipe. Talk about love!
- 1 cup carrot grated
- 1 apple grated
- 2 tbs corn oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup flour
- a ground up peppermint or candy cane can be a nice addition
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a cookie sheet (or heart-shaped cupcake tin) well.
- In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, corn oil, and molasses together.
- Fold in salt, oats, and flour until well mixed.
- Scrape the mixture onto the cookie sheet. It will be sticky.Use a sheet of wax paper between the “dough” and a rolling pin and roll out the mixture until it’s between a 1/8 and ¼ thick.Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart into squares after baking.
Or, roll dough out in the same manner on the cookie sheet and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create Valentine’s-Day-appropriate shapes.
Keep the bits between the cutouts of the shapes.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
- Let cool and then using a spatula and table knife break apart square or shapes. The extra “bits” make good treats, too!
Thank you TSB. Oh. They have great horse books too.