Food is the carrier of love and a vehicle of prana (life force), feeding much more than the physical body and heart. Before taking in anything, yogis first ask God to bless the food. How about approaching cooking Valentine’s sweets as a form of Prasad?
Prasad may be any type of dish, but it is always sweet, symbolizing the sweetness of God’s Grace. In a greater sense, any food that is cooked and offered with love may also be seen as Prasad. Here are some of my favorite sweetness ideas.
Vegan Banana Chocolate Cheesecake
Easy to make. Bananas are believed to increase humility and strawberries to enhance sweetness and kindness. Chocolate, high in magnesium, helps to relax muscles. You can substitute shredded coconut for the chocolate to make this a super healthy ‘delight.’
3-4 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
125ml (4fl oz) oil
100g (4oz) cooking chocolate, grated
300g (10oz) tofu, steamed
2 tbsp honey
250g (9 oz) ripe strawberries or other berries, sliced
Put all the ingredients, except the berries, in a food processor or blender, adding them one at a time and blending before each addition until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and either stir in the sliced berries or place them on top.
Chill before serving. At this stage, it is a great idea to use heart shaped cake tin or small baking cups. Irresistible and sweet.
Nutty Chocolate Truffles
Almonds are a good source of vitamin E. And hazelnuts are essential for healthy heart muscles because of heart healthy B vitamins. It contains a variety of antioxidants that benefit the immune system.
Ingredients (makes 20 large or 40 small)
275g (9 ½ oz) icing sugar
75g (3 oz) chopped nuts (hazelnuts or almonds soaked overnight)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
50g (2 oz) margarine or butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1-2 tbsp soya milk
Drinking chocolate powder for coating and/or desiccated coconut
Combine the icing sugar, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, margarine and vanilla essence in a bowl. Slowly add soya milk; the mixture should be sticky but not runny.
Chill until firm, then form the mixture into small balls. Coat with drinking chocolate and keep in the fridge or cool place ready to serve.
“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give, whatever you practice, do it as an offering to Me.” ~Bhagavad Gita