Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes: Choco-Yummy Raisins and Rockin’ Raspberry Truffles

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For every special occasion we can always count on Enjoy Life Foods to deliver food allergy-friendly and kid-friendly recipes.  For Valentine’s Day, chocolates are the theme … dairy-free, soy-free*, egg-free, nut-free, and gluten-free chocolates!  Enjoy the following recipes which are refreshingly easy to make …

Choco-yummy raisins

Place these special candies in a cute gift bag or tin to give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. They’re sure to enjoy! Free of: wheat, gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg and soy.

 Ingredients:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue until all chocolate is melted and smooth.
3. Add raisins and mix until coated.
4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the coated raisins. Placed drained raisins on parchment paper and let cool to harden. Once cooled, if needed, break pieces into smaller bits. Enjoy and share with your loved ones!

Rockin’ Raspberry Truffles

These chocolates are a wonderfully yummy way to tell someone you love them.  Free of: dairy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg.

 Raspberry Puree

  • 12 oz unsweetened frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Coating

  • 1 (10 oz) bag Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp shortening
  • Cocoa powder (optional)

1. Bring raspberries and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Place cooked mixture into a blender and blend one minute. Strain to remove seeds.
2. Mix the raspberry puree, 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp shortening in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 (10 oz) bag Enjoy Life chocolate chips and stir until smooth.
3. Put truffle mixture in a bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon or melon baller, scoop the mixture into balls and place on baking sheet. If needed, chill in refrigerator to refirm.
5. To make the chocolate coating, combine 1 (10 oz) bag Enjoy Life chocolate chips and shortening in a microwaveable container. Cook 30 seconds, stir. Continue until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.
6. Using a fork, dip the truffles (one at a time) into the melted chocolate, tapping the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess. Place on parchment lined sheet and allow to harden. Once hardened, indulge and enjoy. Don’t forget to share!**

**TIP Add an extra special touch by rolling your truffles in cocoa powder. Sift a thick layer of cocoa powder in a shallow dish and roll truffles until coated.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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