Tis’ the Valentine’s Day season – that time of year when we’re all reminded that we’ll probably die alone, which is then celebrated by stuffing our faces with chocolate. Quite honestly, it could be worse. A day dedicated to chocolate is good on it’s own, no need for all that mushy gushy stuff! Did you know chocolate is the most popular gift on Valentine’s Day? It tops flowers, cards, and even that giant teddy bear in the supermarket! I’m sure all of you have at some point had a box of chocolates – whether it was given to you, or you just bought it for yourself as a reward for being so amazing, who knows! But one thing’s for sure: about 90% of those chocolates are disgusting. And I mean it. You know that half-cautious bite you take when you’re biting into a chocolate square – just hoping it will let you live in peace? That’s clearly for a reason, and it’s because rarely is that piece of chocolate filled with a bite of smooth caramel, salty nuts, or sweet raspberry. More often than not, we’re left disappointed with creams that should not have ever been created and fruits that don’t go well with chocolate (*cough cough* oranges) – yuck!
Some of my favorite Valentine’s Day candies are the heart shaped Reese’s cups (tbh, every holiday shaped Reese’s cup just tastes 100x better), and of course those mouth-watering raspberry filled dark chocolate Ghirardelli squares. So, why not pair the two together? From that, I was inspired to create a raspberry-filled dark chocolate cup, and boy is it delicious! Although I must say the unsweetened cocoa powder I used gives it a bitter taste. I will repeat: The unsweetened cocoa powder makes it bitter. Now, obviously this would be a HUGE problem, if there wasn’t a delicious raspberry compote in there, just waiting to sweeten things up! It disguises the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa powder, and tastes like heaven!
Have you ever heard about how dark chocolate is good for you; how it’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that your body needs? Unsweetened cocoa powder is essentially just that – it’s the good-for-you part of chocolate without any of the negatives like sugar or butter. If you want to use unsweetened cocoa powder (because health benefits, duh) but you really don’t want a bitter-tasting chocolate, have no fear! By adding in 1-2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the chocolate layer, you’ll hardly taste it!
I love this recipe for a few different reasons:
1. It’s super easy!
2. It requires 3 ingredients!
3. It’s exactly what I need by my side this Valentine’s Day when I’m watching Netflix all alone, without making me feel even worse…because it’s healthy!!
My favorite part about this recipe is definitely the raspberry compote. I think I’m going to keep a jar of this stuff in my fridge for some future almond butter and jelly sandwiches! It’s so fresh, sweet, and downright delicious! If you follow the 3-ingredient recipe, you’ll find that the raspberry compote really makes up for the bitterness of the dark chocolate! It’s so simple too, it’s really just some raspberries heated with water! Amazing!
I hope you all have an incredible Valentine’s Day! And if you find yourself alone, single, and hungry, whip up these chocolate raspberry cups to be your date! They’re comforting, sweet, (a little bitter – but everyone has their flaws), refreshing, will put a smile on your face, and best of all – (unlike your typical Valentine’s Day date) they’re not uncomfortable or awkward at all! I wouldn’t be surprised to find these cups of pure bliss on Match or Tinder already because they’re profile page would just be perfect! As always, if you make this recipe feel free to tag me on instagram @myplantedplate, or email me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to see your creations, and I’ll make sure to feature you in my next weekly newsletter (which you can subscribe to by clicking the button that says “Click Here to be Updated With Every New Post!” On the top and bottom of this page – you don’t want to miss out)!
Vegan 3-Ingredient Chocolate Raspberry Cups
Yield 3 Chocolate Raspberry Cups
This Valentine's Day treat yourself with these delicious, healthy, and sweet chocolate raspberry cups! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, whole 30, paleo, sugar free, and sweetener free!! It's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, without making you feel guilty! At just 34 calories and practically no sugar in each cup, I'd reccomend whipping up a whole batch just for yourself!
For the more bitter (but healthier :)) version:
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup raspberries
- 3 tbsp water
- In a small pot bring two cups almond milk to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add in 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. Let sit, stirring occasionally until thickened - about 10 minutes. Set aside, and let cool for a few minutes (this will also help it thicken). If you're following the sweeter recipe, now's the time you stir in the coconut oil and honey. 🙂
- Line 3 muffin tins, and pour the chocolate mixture into each one, about 1/3 of the way full. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Keep the extra chocolate coating for the final layer!
- While the first layer is freezing, bring 3 tablespoons of water to a boil. Reduce heat, add 1/3 cup raspberries, and simmer for five minutes. When done, mash with a fork, pour into a covered container, and cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- When both layers are out of the fridge and freezer, place a heaping spoonful (it's amazing - trust me!) of the raspberry compote on top of the center of the first chocolate layer (see picture above). Then, evenly divide the remaining chocolate mixture, and pour over the raspberry compote. Place it back in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- If you're not a big fan of bitter chocolate, but you still want the health benefits, don't worry! Just follow the "sweeter recipe”:
For the sweeter version:
Follow the same recipe, but add in the coconut oil and honey after the first step. Ingredients fo this version are:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk + 4tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/3 cup rapberries 3 tbsp water + 2 tbsp coconut oil + 1-2 tbsp honey
- No raspberries? No problem! Any berry should work, bring on the blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, use them all!
- This recipe makes 3 chocolate raspberry cups, but feel free to double it or triple it! (I won't stop you! :))
- The nutritional information is for the unsweetened version, but don't hesitate to email me for the sweetened version! I tried posting it, but it didn't seem to work. Oh well!
Serving Size 1 Chocolate Raspberry Cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Sodium 62 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 0.7 g
Protein 1.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.