In honour of Valentine's Day, I had the idea to make up a meal using foods that are considered to be aphrodisiacs. With this in mind, I did a little research on which foods get the party started, so to speak. I was startled, then, when I discovered that out of the top ten foods for increasing your sex drive and getting you in the mood for a little something something, I eat eight of them on a weekly—and sometimes even daily—basis. How am I not on fire all the time? How is my husband still walking around normally, instead of slumped in an exhausted puddle at his desk? I do not know.
What I do know, is that this recipe is delicious, vegan, gluten free, and it incorporates two highly aphrodisiac foods. In ancient times, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols and supposedly make women mad with passion—and in any case they are high in Vitamin E, magnesium, and fibre, so it's hard to go wrong. Chocolate is also an aphrodisiac—as anyone knows who has given or received a heart-shaped box on Valentine's Day—it contains chemicals that release dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain and is thought to increase excitement and attraction. Rawr.
Therefore, this recipe is not only addictively delicious, but also very, very sexy. Make a batch of these blondies, and then have some fun.
NOTE: quinoa flour is available in most grocery stores, but it's very easy to make your own by grinding uncooked quinoa in a coffee grinder, food processor, or high powered blender. Embrace your inner Ma Ingalls and grind your own flour! The ratio is approximately 1:1 for quinoa to quinoa flour, but always measure to be sure.