Aphrodisiacs are, by definition, foods, drinks or drugs that stimulate sexual desire or excitement. That sounds just dandy! The question is, are they real? The answer is, meh. Kinda. While no food has been clinically shown to directly whip you up into a libidinous frenzy, the placebo-like affect of eating something that puts you into that “Riunity on Ice, That’s Nice” feeling is just as valid. Basically, science says “whatever gets the job done.” Yes, that’s a direct quote…from science.

Like any good scientific inquiry, the study of aphrodisiacs is best done through experimentation. If the general consensus is that these romantically revered offerings promote the desire to get jiggy with it, you’d be remiss if you didn’t test these out before forming a final opinion right? Just make sure your lab is up to clinical specifications. Dimmer switches on lights should be set to half mast and be sure air quality is enhanced with the smooth stylings of Justin Timberlake or maybe some Adele.

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Now that your workspace has been established, try some of these recipes on for size to put this whole “aphrodisiac” debate to the test. Science, and your date, owe you a debt of gratitude.

 

Chocolate

Containing tryptophan and phenylethylamine, chocolate is believed by some to promote feelings of falling in love and arousal in the brain. Whether or not that’s actually scientifically sound, the fact remains that giving a chocolate lover Spike Sweet Potato Truffles will likely make them feel fondly for you. Mission accomplished.

These Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Ginger

Stimulating to the circulatory system, ginger literally gets the juices flowing. Add some Walnut Crusted Pear-Ginger Tart to the menu and reap the proper blood-flow benefits.

These Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Asparagus

Between the aspartic acid which neutralizes fatigue causing ammonia in the system and its high calcium, vitamin E and potassium content which cleanses the kidneys and boosts energy, this veggie is thought to give you amorous stamina. Whip up some Vegan Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto for you and your beloved and prepare to become the Energizer Bunnies of romance.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

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Pumpkin Seeds

These aren’t just the delicious by-product of jack-o-lantern carving night. As it turn out, throwing together Creamy Pumpkin Seed Alfredo With Kale and Sweet Peas could also boost testosterone levels.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

 

Chili Peppers

They quicken the pulse, induce sweating and promote the release of endorphins, kinda like falling in love. Actually, after eating just one, warm Chipotle Chile Pepper Roll you might decide to start checking out china patterns with it.

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These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Avocado

Apparently, avocados are considered aphrodisiacs due to their appearance. In fact, they were considered so naughty looking that Spanish priests used to forbid them. Go ahead, barbecue up some Grilled Avocado With Roasted Tomatoes, you saucy minx.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Basil

This herb’s anti-inflammatory properties are said to combat lowered libido and, ahem, any system malfunctions. Just a few bites of 5 Minute Basil Pesto Raw Zucchini Pasta will enflame your evening, not your system.

 These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

 

Fig

A great source for manganese, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc, these babies are filled with the kind of good stuff imperative for sexual health. They were also said to be a favorite of Cleopatra. You think Marc Anthony would have been into Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples With Figs? Oh, he so would.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Almonds

Not only does the vitamin and mineral content for this nut promote general well being, the aroma of almonds are said to be stimulating to females. Maybe on Valentine’s Day you should take a whiff of these Almond Joy Bars. You know, for science.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

Bananas

Rich in magnesium and B-vitamins, which are vital to hormone production, they also contain the male libido enhancing enzyme,  bromelian. Try some Mindblowing Banana Chocolate Caramel Vegan Ice Cream Cake. The name just could not be more apropos.

These 10 Recipes Featuring Vegan Aphrodisiacs Will Heat up Your Valentine's Day

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