I love the tradition of a box chocolates on Valentine’s Day! Therefore, today’s post is inspired by my love of chocolate and the day of love. We’re sharing how to make these Chocolate Orange Heart Bites which are great anytime of the year and they are especially magical on Valentine’s Day! These bites are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and are really easy to make. Whether you make them for yourself or for a loved one – they are a must try! Happy chocolate treat making and happy day of celebrating all things lovely!
Why are these chocolate hearts superior to most store-bought treats? This entire recipe only has 5 ingredients, all of which can be found in your fridge or pantry! They also have some incredible health benefits that I can’t wait to share with you below!
Health Benefits of Chocolate Heart Ingredients
Oranges contain the phytonutrient carotenoids, which is found in most red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies! This antioxidant may be beneficial for immune health, lowering inflammation and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Dates are a great source of fiber! Fiber is an important part of maintaining healthy digestion because it feeds your healthy guy bacteria and also adds bulk to your stool.
Did you know that pecans contain healthy fats that can help lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good” HDL cholesterol? This may be beneficial for lowering your risk of coronary artery disease.
Dark chocolate contains minerals like copper, iron and zinc which promotes cell growth! This can be great for anti-aging and overall skin health.
Sea salt does contain a small amount of trace minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Also, sea salt is normally less processed than table salt!
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Chocolate Orange Heart Bites
- 1 Limoneira navel orange
- 20 pitted dates
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup dark chocolate
- Pinch of sea salt
- Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
- With heart shaped candy mold, pour in the melted chocolate halfway.
- Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- In a food processor, add pitted dates, pecans, salt and orange zest. Pulse until crumble forms.
- Add mixture to fill in the rest of the heart shaped mold and push down to set.
- Freeze for 3+ hours.
- Push out of molds and enjoy!
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