Valentine’s day means a fancy dinner reservation and a romantic evening. This February holiday the world gears up to celebrate love. Celebrated to honor Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Christian priest in Rome, who played a major role in uniting lovers in his time.
Valentine’s Day is not just mushy notes you give or receive from your loved ones. It is so much more than just a perfect excuse to indulge in decadent treats all throughout the day.
Don’t we all know the best way to one’s heart is their stomach? Fact! That is why I am sharing some delicious recipes to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Without making you wait any further, let’s take a look.
Chia Pudding Parfait
Take two and a half cups of plant bases milk, a tablespoon vanilla extract, pinch of salt, half cup chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Put them in a container and mix them together. Cover and let it cool overnight or for at least 3 hours until it is thick.
For soft serve, in the bowl of a food processor, put a tablespoon of vanilla extract, one and a half cups of frozen strawberries, and a pinch of sea salt. Blend them for about two minutes until thick.
In the end, assemble your parfait. Begin by adding sliced banans in the jar. Press them firmly on the side of the jar and fill each jar halfway with chia pudding. Then layer the soft serve until it starts to spill. Top it with raspberries and flowers. Voila!
Waffles With Strawberry Butter
Preheat the waffle iron and spray nonstick cooking spray over it. Take a large bowl and add one and a quarter flour, two tablespoons of baking powder, two tablespoons of sugar, a quarter tablespoon of salt, one and a quarter cup of almond milk, two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of vanilla extract. Whisk them until they combine. But make sure you do not overmix. Then put one-third cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook until they go brown. Repeat this until the batter is finished.
For strawberry butter, combine a cup of vegan butter, a tablespoon of vanilla, a quarter tablespoon of salt, half cup chopped strawberries, and three tablespoons of maple syrup in the food processor. Process until the strawberries are combined and the butter turns pink with no flecks. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Serve them to your loved one with a rose on the side.
Take a large bowl and combine a tablespoon of baking powder, two and a half cups of flour, a tablespoon of cinnamon, one-third cup of sugar, and three-quarter tablespoon of nutmeg. Give shape to it and make a well in the center and add chia egg, melted margarine, and soy milk. Mix the ingredients together with a fork. If needed keep adding little flour to the dough so that it doesn’t stick to your hands. Cover the bowl with plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
Then heat a pot of oil to about 370 Fahrenheit and add a half cup of sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon. Once done, flour a surface and roll the dough over it with a rolling pin. Cut it into the shapes you want. It is Valentine’s Day so why not go for the heart shape. Cook them in oil until they turn golden from both sides. In the end, lightly roll the donuts in cinnamon and sugar mixture. It is all ready to serve.
Add a cup of water and sugar into a small pot to make a syrup. Boil it and add vanilla bean, chopped lavender, and lavender extract. Simmer it until the mixture thickens. Then turn the heat off and let it thicken further. Let the syrup sit to cool and infuse with flavors. In case the syrup doesn’t thicken add some more sugar and wait patiently. Once the syrup cools, strain and pour it into a pan. Add narrative rose flavor mocktail in the pan.
But make sure that the syrup is cool or else the mixture will turn into candy. Not kidding! Interesting, right? Now freeze it for about 5-6 hours. Once frozen, pour sugar into a small bowl and wet the rim of your desired serving glass. Dip it in the sugar to get the rim of glass glazed with sugar. Yep, Valentine’s Day calls for fancy. Scoop out the slush and fill it in the glass. Gather the compliments from your valentine and give yourself a pat on your back.
Valentine’s Day is special. It celebrates one of the truest emotions. More than making these dishes it is important that you tell your loved one how much you love them. This is just one way to make them feel special. Also, if you’ve put so many hours and hard work in making them, it is only justifiable if you put cooking under special skills in your digital resume. Worth it!