What do you consider to be the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you’re a fan of flowers. Or maybe a diamond or other sparkly jewels. You might dream of silky lingerie or (if you’re my husband) an expensive car. Me, I go for chocolate. And in this case, chocolate-covered vegan cheesecake bites.
To my mind, nothing says “I love you” quite like chocolate (well, perhaps the actual words, “I love you” do come in a close second). After all, chocolate-based desserts nourish your soul in a way nothing else can. And as a bonus, this legendary sweet treat (the kind with over 70% cacao content) offers up flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) and helps to increase serotonin levels (often called the “feel-good” chemical) in the body, which translates to a sense of satisfaction and happiness. No wonder chocolate is so intimately associated with Valentine’s Day; apparently more than 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold in the US during the week around this day.
Since chocolate is my favorite food, I decided to make something that included it for Valentine’s Day, along with another romantically rich, luxurious treat: cheesecake. If you’ve ever drooled over those mini chocolate-covered cheesecake bites offered by a famous food conglomerate, here’s your chance to reproduce the appeal without any of the unhealthy attributes.
The “cheesecake” centers in these vegan cheesecake bites are dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free, and they’re low on the glycemic index (suitable for Type II diabetics). So feel free to bite right in to these miniature nuggets of love this Valentine’s Day. They may be chilly, but they’re guaranteed to melt your sweetie’s heart.