So, today is Valentine’s Day! Here in the US, there is a big, big hype around it – definitely more to what I was used in Europe. I believe, it’s maybe slightly over-commercialized here and in fact – shouldn’t we let our loved ones know every day how much they mean to us? Anyways, I am enjoying the cheesy-ness nevertheless and going with the flow, had to post something sweet today! As we say in Switzerland, “Love goes through the stomach”, so I guess one way to show someone that you love them, is by baking or cooking something for them! 😉 I wanted to bake something with sweet potatoes for the longest times, as I have been coming across some recipes, and sweet potatoes are one of my favorite Superfoods! I adapted one of the recipes I saw to match with the ingredients I had at home and for the frosting I made a decadent, yet completely clean cacao cream!
These little cake squares contain following Superfoods:
- Sweet potatoes
- Flax seeds
- Hemps seeds
- Goji berries
- 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 cup coconut milk (the light one)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 -6 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup or honey (depends if you want medium-sweet or okay sweet)
- 1 1/2 cup gluten-free, all-purpose flour (or any other type of similar flour that works for baking)
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs, quickly blended, to make them a bit smaller (otherwise they can be a bit bitter)
- Cacao frosting: 1/4 cup coconut oil, 3/4 cup cacao powder, 4 – 6 tbsp honey or agave, 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Decoration: coconut flakes, hemp seeds, goji berries (or whatever Superfood you like!)
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, in another bowl mix the wet ingredients, use a whisk for the wet ingredients
- Then carefully pour the wet mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients, fold in and mix well, but not too vigorously in order not to offset the power of the baking powder and the baking soda
- Spread out dough on a baking tray, about 1/2 inch (= approx. 2 cm) thick
- Bake at 350° F for about 20 – 25 minutes, use a wood stick to check if done
- Let cool for about 30 minutes and cut into small squares
- Mix the ingredients for the cacao frosting
- Then spread the cacao frosting on the cake squares, one by one, I used about 1 tbsp of frosting per square, but really depend how thick you want the frosting and how big your squares are
- Decorate the squares with the Superfoods of your choice, I used coconut flakes on all of them and on half of them, hemp seeds respectively goji berries – and if you like, also a fresh strawberry wedge on top!
Confession: I had some of these for breakfast too….But considering the ingredients, I think it’s ok to eat these at any time of the day!! Ha! 🙂
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! 😉
Unfortunately my love, Mr. Superfoodista, is traveling until Sunday, but we’ll celebrate on the weekend then 😉 And here some more Valentine’s sweets ideas, new ones and from older posts – just in case…
Almond- Cacao Bliss balls
Recipe (for about 4 pieces): 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup dates, 2 tbsp cacao, 2 tbsp cacao nibs, 1 teaspoon almond extract, 2 tbsp almond meal (flour), 1 tbsp coconut oil – blend everything together with a strong blender or food processor. Roll into small balls and roll these again in hemp seeds.
Superfood Mini Chocolates
Recipe: 1 cup cacao powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 – 3 tbsp agave or pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract – mix and fill into small paper cups, put into freezer for about 5 minutes to harden a bit, then add topping (Superfoods of your choice), freeze a bit more until hard – thaw slightly before serving 😉
Clean Almond Butter cups
Recipe: prepare the chocolate with the same recipe as above, fill into paper cups halfway, freeze for about 15 minutes, then add the almond butter, freeze another 5 minuted, add the last chocolate later, freeze for 30 minutes to finalize, let thaw slightly before serving.
Home-made chocolates with coconut-berry filling
Recipe can be found in this older post: Home-made chocolate cups.