We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day and right at the end of my V-Day series. I saved the best for last and today I am featuring my Valentine’s Day dessert! Are you guys ready for the big day? I am so lookin forward to Valentine’s Day this year. While this is the third Valentine’s Day we are celebrating with Emma, it’s the first that I feel she’s old enough to actually celebrate. I think this year we may be able to do some crafts together that she can follow along in. We’ll see how that part goes.
Of course I will be making special meals all day and hopefully Emma can help me a bit in the kitchen. I have been letting her “help” me out a bit when I’m cooking. I carry her and I let her pour seasonings in my food and she loves it. She also helps me throw chopped up veggies into a bowl to mix them up. I love having her be able to participate more and more in my daily cooking as she gets older.
This week’s Valentine’s Day dessert recipe is actually a perfect one for kids to help out in the process of making it. These Chocolate Fruit Cups are extremely easy to make and can be a lot of fun. If you get the kids involved they can even get creative with these. Lay out different fruits, nuts, or any other toppings you would like so they can fill the cups themselves. This can be another fun and entertaining activity your whole family can do together to celebrate the day of love.
These fruit cups are of course healthy and a great way to enjoy chocolate that is not full of refined-sugars and other not so good ingredients. These are made with dark chocolate and coconut oil which are melted together to mold the cups.
I like to use Enjoy Life’s Dark Chocolate to make these but you can use any preferred dark chocolate you’d like. I use silicone muffin molds and brush the melted chocolate into them. I leave in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then repeat with another bash of the melted chocolate. I put them back in the fridge for another 20 minutes and then carefully pop the hardened chocolate cups out of the muffin molds.
As I mentioned before, if you want to make this a fun activity for the kids chop up different fruits along with other toppings and make sort of a toppings bar. Then the kids can fill the cups with the toppings they want. For these, I used raspberries, heart shaped strawberries, coconut cream, and some Valentine’s Day sprinkles to make it more festive.
After I took these pictures I added raw sliced almonds too! Other fruit you can use are blueberries, bananas, and pineapples. These go great with dark chocolate too and you can shape the bananas and pineapples into hearts as well. I use heart shaped cookie cutters to shape my fruit.
This is also a great dessert to make for any other occasion. It’s really simple to make and you don’t need many ingredients. You really just need dark chocolate and coconut oil. Then use any fruit you have at home to fill them with. And any other toppings you may like (ex. nuts, coconut flakes). Remember it’s all about having fun while keeping it healthy.
Now let’s move on to this week’s craft. That’s right, I still have one more feature to close this fun and exciting series. This week’s craft feature comes from Jaymi who’s the amazing mama behind The Salty Mamas. Her Valentine’s Day Marbled Print Art is not just fun but so beautiful. I’m sure this one will be one that the kids will love to try. Here’s what Jaymi says about this cute Valentine’s Day art:
“Why not try making Marbled Shaving Cream Heart prints today? With a little shaving cream and paint, kids can get a hands-on art and sensory experience that stays on theme. The Salty Mamas’ Valentine’s Day project has something for everyone- it’s process based for the littles, and has a product for you to hold on to. Check out the full instructions here.”
Hope you guys have enjoyed this series as much I did putting it together and sharing it. I hope that you guys got some good ideas of how to enjoy your Valentine’s Day this year with your families. I also hope that you guys enjoyed all the crafts I featured in this series from all the wonderfully creative mamas.
Don’t forget to share and tag me if you guys try any of these recipes and also tag the other bloggers if you try any of the crafts. I would love to see all of the fun this Valentine’s Day! Have a lovely Valentine’s Day guys and don’t forget to have a lot of fun with your loved ones!
Valentine's Day Dessert- Chocolate Fruit Cup
- 9 oz dark chocolate of choice
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 12 tbsp coconut milk
- fruit of choice
- any other toppings of choice
In a small sauce pan, add half of the dark chocolate and 1 tbsp coconut oil.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil on low heat.
Using a silicone muffin pan, divide melted chocolate evenly. Use brush to brush chocolate on the sides of the molds.
Place muffin pan in fridge for at least 20 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
Melt the rest of the chocolate and coconut oil following the same previous steps.
Divide melted chocolate evenly over hardened chocolate and brush it on the sides of molds again.
Place back in fridge for at least 20 minutes again or until chocolate has hardened.
Carefully pushing the bottom of the silicone muffin pan, remove chocolate cups.
Fill with favorite fruit and place a tbsp coconut cream on top of each cup.
Top with any other preferred topping.