'Melt my Heart' Black Forest 'Ice-Cream' 'Cake'

If you are wondering how chocolate came to have strong associations with Valentine's day, it is because chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenyethylamine, an endorphin (feel good hormone) that is present in the brain when we fall in love.

Cherries, too have associations with Valentine's Day, often dipped in chocolate but maybe it is because they contain anthocyanins which help protect the heart.

The recipe below is an 'ice-cream' version of a chocolate cherry cake that originated in the Black forest region of Germany. The bananas provide sweetness but if you have a sweet tooth you could add some stevia.

'Melt my heart' Black Forest 'ice-cream' 'cake'
Serves 8

First layer
4 large ripe bananas, chopped and frozen
100g frozen dark, sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup soya milk
stevia to taste (optional)

Second layer
4 large ripe bananas
1-2 level tbsp cacao
1 cup soya milk
stevia to taste (optional)
Frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted to decorate

Line a springform cake tin with baking parchment. For the first layer, place the frozen cherries, chopped bananas, soya milk and stevia if using in a blender and blitz. Place the mixture in the lined tin and place in the freezer for about an hour.

Place the ingredients for the second layer in the blender and place on top of the first layer. Decorate with frozen, dark sweet cherries and place in the freezer for a further hour,

Take out of the freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy and have a happy Valentine's Day!

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