This Friday is Valentine’s Day – which means everyone is making reservations and plans to show their loved one just how much they love them. Adam and I haven’t gone ‘out out’ for Valentine’s Day for a few years now. I can’t remember our last real Valentine’s day dinner at a restaurant. This year, we’re opting to stay in again just the two of us.
Often when we go out for dinner we find something about the service or food that isn’t impressive, which leads us to end the night asking “remind me again why we even go out?” Usually the argument is that I can make better food at home, for a fraction of the dine-out price. Especially when it’s for something special like a birthday or Valentine’s Day.
Every Valentine’s Day we also watch Valentine’s Day the movie – you know the one with Ashton Kutcher where it follows different love stories. It’s cheesy, but necessary. Last year we had a small chocolate fondue for two including homemade marshmallows (peanut butter or regular), and assorted fruit. It was casual and perfect. Exactly how we like to spend our time together.
So, if you’re into staying at home with your boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other this Friday night I suggest a cozy casual dinner for two, a movie cuddled on the couch followed by these individual / share vegan brownie pots. They’re rich, indulgent and the perfect ending to a Valentine’s Day night.
I topped the brownies with coconut whipped cream. I found coconut cream at Trader Joe’s and simply placed it in the fridge overnight, then beat in a medium bowl it until fluffy. I also suggest serving some raspberry coulis on top (simply microwave 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries until hot and spoon over top of the coconut cream)
Some fun Valentine’s Day movies to watch:
- When Harry Met Sally
- Valentine’s Day
- Pretty Woman
- Pride & Prejudice
- Sleepless in Seattle
- You’ve got Mail
- Dirty Dancing
- Shakespeare in Love
I’m thinking we might order in sushi for Valentine’s Day this year. And these brownie pots.
- 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- Splash of Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 2-3 oz. Dark Chocolate chocolate, melted
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. Whisk together the vegetable oil, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl.
- 3. Sift in the cocoa, and add the applesauce. Whisk again.
- 4. Pour in the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.
- 5. Slowly stir in flour until completely incorporated.
- 6. You can either divide the batter evenly into 4-5 ramekins, or place in a 8x8 square baking dish. Be sure to grease both beforehand. Pour batter into prepared ramekins or baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to over bake.
- Serve warm with coconut cream and raspberry coulis.
- Keep on countertop for up to a week, covered.