Aphrodisiac Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownies with Cherry Topping

Have you been searching high and low for a festive treat – that’s not scarily unhealthy – to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

We CNEers are big fans of cacao and all its benefits, so made-from-scratch chocolate treats are a favourite around these parts. With so many potential (and equally delicious) chocolatey variations, who can blame us?

This is Valentine’s Day dessert done the Culinary Nutrition way. These brownies are made almost entirely of aphrodisiacs for you (and that special someone) to enjoy. Here are a few of the reasons why they’ll give you that lovin’ feeling:

Chocolate. Cacao contains PEA – phenethylamine – which has been touted as a bliss chemical. The compounds in chocolate actually mimic the brain-chemistry of love.

Cinnamon. It seems every time we turn around, cinnamon has yet another medicinal quality. Cinnamon has been studied to increase appetite – of the sexual variety.

Cherries. Cherries are an iconic symbol of sexuality – and for good reason. Cherries stimulate the production of pheromone, which is a chemical that contributes to sexual attraction.

Vanilla. There’s a reason vanilla-scented body products abound: the aroma draws us in. Whether you eat, drink or smell vanilla – it escalates your amorous proclivities.

Whoever you’re sharing these succulent treats with this Valentine’s Day, they’ll be sure to show you some love.