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Mexican Chocolate Love Bites

created by Ellen Kanner expressly for Grand Velas Wellness Week Everybody loves chocolate, but Mexican chocolate is something special, with haunting low notes of cinnamon, almonds and vanilla. And sometimes a pinch of cayenne to add a spicy kick. Combined, these ingredients are delicious. They’re also a potent recipe for firing up your libido. These raw treats keep covered and refrigerated for a week. If they last that long.


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates pitted
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons fresh brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon for rolling the love bites


  • Pour the raw almonds into a blender or food processor. Process for a minute, or until nuts are coarsely chopped.
  • Add pitted dates, cinnamon, cocoa, cayenne, cacao nibs, vanilla and brewed coffee. Process again until everything just comes together as a coarse paste.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Pinch off about a walnut-sized piece of the Mexican chocolate mixture (or use a teaspoon) and roll into a ball. Drop the ball into the powdered sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat. Continue with the remaining chocolate.