Food & Nutrition / 06.01.15 / BY Bella Serventi

CACAO & COCONUT FONDUE: 10 Minute Recipe!

Worried you are going to fall off the Feb Fast wagon this Valentines Day? Fear not, we have a healthy super quick and easy treat for you to enjoy so you aren’t tempted to over indulge.

La Femme Mecca Cacao & Coconut Fondue Recipe

Valentines Day, the one day of the year food is supposed to cater to romance by being super sugary, pink, heart shaped and/or covered in chocolate. Well, that’s before the I Quit Sugar movement came along! Now its about quick, easy and somewhat healthy recipes…

If you’re still running on the motivation from your healthy New Years resolutions, this can be a particularly difficult day to juggle your calories.

The LFM girls have created a perfectly decadent, delicious and surprisingly healthy take on chocolate fondue. Yes – its an oldie but a goodie!

With three simple, accessible and healthy ingredients, it’s sure to satisfy your romantic craving without shaking your health kick.

Added bonus – it also contains the energy boosting goodness of coconut oil, an ingredient that may come in handy as the evening progresses…but we’ll leave that image right there.

This fondue recipe is a quick and easy way to impress your valentine, or to enjoy a  guilt-free snack to accompany the Sex and the City binge with your best lady friends.

Healthy Valentines Day Cacao & Coconut Fondue

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Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder (for a more traditional fondue, try sugar free chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, but these will be higher in calories)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or your favourite low-cal sweetener: honey, stevia, xylitol – change measurements accordingly)
  • Fruit of your choice (strawberries & bananas work well)

La Femme Mecca Cacao & Coconut Fondue Recipe

 Method:

1. Place coconut oil into a fondue making device (or saucepan) and stir until it begins to lose it’s solidity and turn to liquid.

2. Add cocoa powder and desired sweetener and stir until completely combined.

3. Heat fondue pot according to it’s instructions – some require hot water, some require a tea light candle etc. or heat saucepan on medium to low setting.

4. Wash and prepare strawberries by patting dry with paper towel. Wash and cut up bananas, peaches, raspberries, oranges, kiwi fruits or whatever take your fancy, into bite size prices.

5. Serve fruit on a decorative platter with assorted nuts, almonds, hazelnuts and macadamias work well (and taste delicious).

6. Enjoy!
Add a little something extra:
  • Extra cocoa powder for a darker flavour.
  • Sprinkle some organic coconut shavings over the chocolate
  • A few drops of peppermint oil for a peppermint chocolate surprise.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of orange zest for a choc-orange twist
  • 1 tablespoon of hazelnut liqueur to Irish up the dish.
  • Spice things up with 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder for a Mexican style chilli fondue
  • 1 Tablespoon of your favourite nut butter to thicken the mixture and add a nutty flavour.
Serving suggestions:

Don’t have a fondue set? Easy. We love this stainless steel version by Avanti. It also works great with cheese and bread for next time!

LA FEMME MECCA VALENTINES DAY RECIPE FONDUE SET

Serve dipping food on a cute valentines plate with a hidden message at the bottom that shows when everything is eaten, like this:

LA FEMME MECCA VALENTINES DAY RECIPE KEEP CALM AND KISS ME

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Continue setting the mood with rose petals, flowers and a great smelling candle such as this White Rose & Jasmine scent from Palm Beach Collection:

LA FEMME MECCA VALENTINES DAY PALM BEACH COLLECTION SCENTED CANDLE
Credits

Author / Bella Serventi