It’s Valentine’s Day week!
Some of the greatest gifts to give on Valentine’s Day are the hand made ones. I have a large apothecary in my house, so the gifts are often herbal in nature. I’m not big on arts and crafts, so I usually create some kind of edible treat.
This year I’m focusing on a no-bake cookie that is filled with aphrodisiac herbs for my husband!
Rosemary Gladstar is my mentor and was also the inspiration for the recipe. I like to dunk them in melted chocolate, and that allows me to multi-task, making the kids’ goodies at the same time. For them it’ll be plain chocolate suckers, and probably some cupcakes.
Finding herbal aphrodisiacs is the easy part. There are hundreds of them with a long history of use around the globe. Choosing which ones to use in a combination that’s tasty, or easily sourcing some of the more obscure ones, is the challenge. If you are looking for ideas this year, here is a list of easily obtainable herbs and a recipe to combine them:
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
- Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)
- Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
- Milky Oats (Avena sativa)
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Fo-Ti Root (Polygonum multiflorum)
- Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
- Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
- Goksuhura (Tribulus terrestris)
- Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
- Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum)
- Roses (Rosa rugosa)
All of these herbs, except for vanilla, are best purchased in powdered form if you would like to make cookies, truffles, or infuse into alcohol for a cocktail. (You can find most of them here.) If you would like to make up a tea blend you can source them dried and cut and sifted. Vanilla is best used fresh or tinctured. (Learn how to make a vanilla tincture here.)
Most all of these herbs are exciting for both men and women.
Aphrodisiac Herbs Love Bites
- 2 tablespoons herb powder of your choice (find organic powdered herbs here)
- another 2 tablespoons herb powder of your choice
- and another 2 tablespoons herb powder of your choice
- ¾ cup nut butter
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts
- Cocoa for dusting
- Melted chocolate for dipping (optional)
- Using a strong wooden spoon, combine the tahini, nut butter, and honey in a large bowl.
- Add the powdered herbs of your choice. I like shatavari, rose petals, and ashwaghanda.
- Stir in dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts until you have a very stiff dough.
- Make walnut-sized balls by rolling them between your hands.
- Dust the balls in cocoa, or alternatively, stab them one by one with a toothpick and dip into melted chocolate.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 3 weeks.
I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to make these Love Bites to enjoy with my husband. With young kids, I don’t expect we’ll be heading out anywhere special. These snacks will be perfect if we want to snuggle up and watch a great movie together once the kids are in bed!