Valentine recipes for guilt-free indulgence

Love month is here, and for many, the season is associated with sweet indulgences that can pack on the calories. But romantic treats need not threaten the health-conscious. To show your special someone you care, get creative in the

kitchen with easily available ingredients and Choco Lava, the luscious powdered chocolate drink with zero gram trans fat, less calories, and less sugar. With two simple but flavorful recipes specially concocted by Chef Gino Gonzalez of Buenisimo in Eastwood, February can be so much sweeter, minus the guilt.

Hot Choco Lava Mallow

¼ cup Choco Lava Powdered Chocolate Drink
1 cup water
½ cup mini marshmallows
1 tablespoon ready-made chocolate sauce

Mix Choco Lava powder and hot water, then pour the mixture into a mug or cup.
Sprinkle the drink with marshmallows and drizzle with chocolate sauce. For a
more romantic presentation, sprinkle Choco Lava powder on the serving saucer.

Choco Lava Crinkles

1 ¼ cups Choco Lava Powdered Chocolate Drink
2 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon chocolate extract
½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Mix Choco Lava powder, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt, then set the mixture aside. In a medium bowl, mix white sugar and vegetable oil. Beat eggs into this mixture one at a time. Add vanilla and chocolate extract, then stir. Add the dry ingredients in batches. Refrigerate the dough and chill for one to two hours. After the dough has chilled, line cookie sheets with baking paper. Roll the dough into balls, measuring about an inch each. Coat them in confectioner’s sugar, then place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave on cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks for cooling.

With these special love month recipes from Choco Lava, you can easily prepare luscious but guilt-free treats for your beloved. A healthier choice for a chocolate drink, Choco Lava is available in leading supermarkets, groceries and convenience stores nationwide.