Baking · Food

Sweets for Your Sweetie

Happy Valentine’s Day!

One of the neat things about Word Press is that I can see my “blog stats” a lot better.   I can see what blog posts are getting the most views and I can also see what search terms people are using to find my blog.  It seems that everyone wants to make fondue this weekend, because my posts on cheese fondue and chocolate fondue are getting tons of hits!  Fondue is very romantic what with all the dipping and swirling and yumminess.

Chocolate fondue is super duper easy so if you are looking for a fun dessert for tonight, I suggest trying it.  You do not need a fancy fondue pot either.  I use a mini-crock pot.  You can also make it on the stove and then just eat it before it cools off.  If it does cool off just set it back on the stove or pop it in the microwave for a bit (though the beeping of the microwave doesn’t seem very romantic does it?).

Cheese fondue requires a little bit more work, but it’s not too hard either (see my post).  I’ve made it on the stove and then transferred it to a mini-crock pot to keep it warm while eating.  You can make an entire meal out of cheese fondue and chocolate fondue.  It’s really fun to make for special occasions.  I would really like to try to make vegan fondue but I’m not quite sure how that would work.  Maybe nutritional yeast?

Here are some other sexy dessert options:

Or how about some homemade hot chocolate?  Benzo has been making us homemade hot chocolate a lot this winter.  It’s so easy!  And way tastier than a pre-mixed packet.  The only bad thing is that the version he’s been making is loaded with sugar.  However, just this week I saw this recipe over at Oh She Glows:

Homemade Hot Chocolate
1 big serving or 2 regular servings

3/4 cup coconut milk (the thick kind in a can, not the lighter version in the dairy section)
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you want)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt

Put all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  Whisk to combine.  Keep whisking to get the lumps out.  When hot and smooth, pour into mug(s).  Top with marshmallows if desired.

OSG said to bring to a boil and then simmer, but I never did boil mine.  I was whisking away and after awhile I thought, well it’s smooth and hot, I might as well be done with it.  I used the leftover coconut milk I had from Chickpea Curry, which I had stuck in the freezer.  I had set it in the fridge to thaw a day before because I knew I wanted to make this recipe.  It was a little bit more than 3/4 of a cup, but it still worked out just fine.

And guess what?  This recipe has no refined sugar (before I added the marshmallows anyway).  I love it!  And it turned out really, really delicious.  I ended up drinking the whole thing myself and it was almost too rich at the end.  I didn’t think it tasted much like coconut at all.  I’m not really a fan of coconut and I liked it, so I guess that tells you it wasn’t too coconut-y.

I think this would be the perfect sweet treat when cuddling up with your sweetie tonight.   What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Want to make homemade hot chocolate mix instead?  Click here for the recipe.

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