Double Deck Cashew Chocolate PLUS 11 Other ‘Gift to Self’ Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Chocolates, roses and romantic dinner dates are traditional hallmarks of Valentine’s Day. Commercially, the holiday is aimed at couples, I know, but there is no reason why it can’t be a day dedicated to a little self-focus and self-love. So, regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or have just found yourself single in the lead up to Valentine’s, you can and should treat yourself to something special on the 14th of Feb. Here are a few ideas on how to do it.
Exercising self-love and mindful appreciation for where you are in life, for who you are and what you’ve achieved to date, no matter how small those achievements may seem is worth being celebrated, and it is one of the most grounding things you can do as a gift to self. For life. Of course, it’s something you can and should also do when you have that someone special to share your ups and downs with and as you adventure through life together. Indeed, you can exercise self-love and mindful appreciation as a couple as well.
However, if you’re on your own, here are a few ideas for Valentine’s Day, apart from or in addition to a batch of the delicious Cashew Double Deck Chocolates from the Wholesome Cook book for which I have included a recipe below and which you definitely should make!
1.Send flowers to your best friends if you can’t catch up with them on the day
2.Organise a lunch date with a best friend, a close family member or your children
3.Eat super well on the day as a gift to your future self, but enjoy something indulgent as well – after all it’s a celebration!
4.Book an hour at a spa or a relaxing massage
5.Sign up for an hour of meditation or yoga – many studios actually offer a first free lesson so it doesn’t have to cost you anything and you mind find a new activity you’ll love!
6.Get a new hairdo or hair colour
7.It’s a good day to start a Gratitude Journal and revisit it the following year
8.Research and book a holiday somewhere you’ve been wanting to go but never had time
9.Go for a walk by the beach or through a park with a goal to focus on finding 5 new things about the place you’ve never noticed before
10.Buy a riveting novel and immerse yourself in it during an evening on the couch!
11.Everything is better with my Creamy Mushroom Sauce (one of the most researched recipes around Valentine’s Day).
Now, for the Cashew Double Deck Chocolate. I recommend making a double batch. Just saying. That way you will be able to share it with someone special – a loved one or friend. Unlike most other raw chocolate recipes, this one does not melt immediately when taken out of the fridge.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 40g raw cacao butter, grated
- 1 serving Cashew Paste (1 cup blended raw cashews)
- 2 teaspoons milled demerara sugar
- or 12 stevia drops
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla powder or essence
- or paste
- 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder, sifted
- Place cacao butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a saucepan filled
- with boiling water, stir until just melted.
- Combine cashew paste, sugar or stevia drops, vanilla and cacao butter
- in a bowl or using chopping attachment of a hand-held blender and
- process until smooth.
- Pour half the mixture into a 8cm x 16cm silicone chocolate block mould
- or divide between 12–16 small chocolate moulds, filling halfway. Add
- cacao powder to the remaining cashew mixture and blend to combine.
- Pour chocolate layer into mould or moulds and place in the fridge for
- hour to set.
- Store in a cool spot in the pantry or in the fridge for up to 1 month.