Do you want to cast a love spell? All you need is a little pleasure boosting chocolate and man-attracting lavender baked into a delicious cake that’s full of nutrition and health benefits. Yeah!
Chocolate, Lavender and Love
Chocolate and Raw Cacao
- When it comes to food and mood, there’s nothing like chocolate. Chocolate increases the brain chemical serotonin, our body’s feel good neurotransmitter. Serotonin plays a role in regulating appetite, sleeping well and our emotional health and good moods. Chocolate also contains phenethylamine, also known as PEA, the love chemical. PEA stimulates the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins and dopamine, a neurochemical associated with sexual pleasure.
- Even more potent than dark chocolate is raw cacao, chocolate in its purest, raw form. Raw cacao’s polyphenols help to support heart health by helping to reduce the oxidation of cholesterol. Raw cacao is also high in heart-helping and relaxing magnesium, immune-boosting zinc and digestion-improving fibre.
- Lavender was called ‘blue gold’ by the French. It comes from the mint family (along with basil, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme). Herbs in the mint family are cooling, detoxifying, refreshing, and help to open the senses and encourage circulation.
- Lavender’s health benefits are mostly due to its relaxing qualities. It’s traditionally used to help calm anxiety and reduce headaches. Queen Elizabeth I was said to drink lavender tea to help her migraines.
- In folklore, lavender was used to attract men. In Greek mythology, lavender was dedicated to Hecate, the goddess of witches and enchantment. Prostitutes in Elizabethan times were said to wear lavender, too.
And because this cake is gluten-free, flourless, grain-free, full of superfoods and very low in sugar, it will nourish your body and make you feel sexy.
I based this recipe off a chocolate cake recipe by herbalist and cook Rosalee de la Foret.
So make this cake and cast a love spell.
Chocolate Lavender Love Cake Recipe
8 oz bittersweet chocolate (I like Cuisine Camino’s Fair Trade chocolate)
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp ground dried lavender (grinding lavender helps to release more essential oils – you can use your coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle)
2 heaping tbsp honey
1 can full fat coconut milk
½ cup raw cacao
Preheat the oven to 300.
Melt bittersweet chocolate, coconut oil and ground lavender in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and add coconut milk and honey. Mix well. Add cacao and mix well again.
When mixture has cooled a little, add eggs and mix again.
Pour into an oiled, 8” round springform pan.
Cook from 45 minutes to one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool and enjoy with loved ones (or soon-to-be loved ones). xo
Who is Andrea?
I’m a holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher. And I’m passionate about helping people live their healthiest and most enjoyable lives possible. I believe in the art and science of nutrition – using kitchen alchemy, key nutrients and the magic of herbs to help my clients and readers achieve total health bliss. Contact me to book an appointment.