Fun, Easy Valentine’s Treats

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We don’t always do much around here for Valentine’s. However, there’s been lots of Valentine talk around my 4-yr-old. So, I thought we’d do a little something to make it fun.

First, I added just a little shape to cookies that I make all the time for us. They are healthy almond flour, sprouted oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies. (There’s actually much more in there. But, that gives you the idea.) So, for a handful of the cookies, I tried a little experiment: shape them into hearts.

They are the same cookies we have around here every day. Literally. Every day. But, I was amazed at my daughter’s response. She was thrilled at the “heart shaped” cookies. It was as though they were a completely different cookie. For the rest of the day, she asked for “heart shaped cookies.” It was so cute and such a reminder that little differences can go a LONG way.

Meanwhile, I’d been keeping an eye out for something fun, different and EASY to make both for the children and for my husband for Valentine’s and I stumbled upon this golden nugget! I used to love Almond Joy and Mounds as a child (and beyond) but, over the years and with lifestyle changes, they just don’t taste as good to me as they used to. So, when I found this recipe for homemade Almond Joy with only 5 ingredients, I HAD to try it. And, I did…but, I left out the almonds. So, I suppose you can say that my version is of the Mounds variety 😉

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups unsweetened coconut (shredded)

1/3 cup maple syrup

6 oz melted chocolate (I used 85% cocoa dark chocolate)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1. Put coconut and syrup in a food processor for about 2 minutes until it resembles a course meal.

2. Use about 1 1/2 Tbsp for each ball/mound. Form and place on a cooling rack on top of a baking pan.

3. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate and mix until smooth. Then, drizzle the chocolate over the mounds of coconut and chill for at least 10 minutes.

Super easy…and yummy!

There’s no excuse to not do something a little different, a little special if you want to on this Valentine’s Day.

Are you making anything special for your Valentine?


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