Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Recipes for Guilt-Free Indulgence

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Here's wishing all the readers of this blog a wonderful and love-filled week of hearts. Spend precious moments with a loved one, not necessary a spouse or partner (if you don't have one yet), and treat him/her to these two mouth-watering sweets that are easy to make and won't have you worrying about counting the calories :)

Love month is here, and for many, the season is associated with sweet indulgences that can pack on the calories. But romantic treats need not threaten the health-conscious. To show your special someone you care, get creative in the kitchen with easily available ingredients and Choco Lava, the luscious powdered chocolate drink with zero gram trans fat, less calories, and less sugar. With two simple but flavorful recipes specially concocted by Chef Gino Gonzalez of Buenisimo in Eastwood, February can be so much sweeter, minus the guilt.

Hot Choco Lava Mallow

Mix 1/4 cup Choco Lava Powdered Chocolate Drink and 1 cup hot water. Pour the mixture into a mug or cup. Sprinkle the drink with 1/2 cup mini marshmallows and drizzle with 1 tablespoon ready-made chocolate sauce. For a more romantic presentation, sprinkle Choco Lava powder on the serving saucer.

Choco Lava Crinkles

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Mix 1 1/4 cups Choco Lava Powdered Chocolate Drink, 2 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set the mixture aside. In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Beat 4 eggs into this mixture one at a time. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract, then stir. Add the dry ingredients in batches. Refrigerate the dough and chill for one to two hours. After the dough has chilled, line cookie sheets with baking paper. Roll the dough into balls, measuring about an inch each. Coat them in 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, then place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave on cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks for cooling.

With these special love month recipes from Choco Lava, you can easily prepare luscious but guilt-free treats for your beloved. A healthier choice for a chocolate drink, Choco Lava is available in leading supermarkets, groceries and convenience stores nationwide.

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